Heritage Happening Gala & Auction

Mark your Calendars, May 19th, for the 15th Annual Heritage Happening Gala & Auction

This year’s theme is “Smoky Mountain Memories”

Tickets On Sale Now

Preparations are well underway for the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center’s fifteenth annual Heritage Happening gala and auction. The theme of this year’s fundraising event is Smoky Mountain Memories, which honors the purpose of the Heritage Center to preserve, communicate, and celebrate the rich history of the Smoky Mountains and their people. The Heritage Happening will be held at the Center’s home in Townsend on Saturday evening, May 19, 2018.  It will feature both silent and live auctions as well as an elegant dinner catered by Rothchild’s of Knoxville.  Guests will enjoy live Appalachian music and story teller Elizabeth Rose as emcee.

The wide array of unique items to be auctioned this year includes beautiful artwork from area artisans, destination vacation trips, wine, Smoky Mountain activities, and food and dining experiences, thanks to the generosity of donors across East Tennessee and to the dedication of our Guild members who solicit these diverse items.

To preview auction items, please visit the Heritage Happening website

Items are continually being added, so check the website frequently.

The Heritage Center Guild was founded by a group of twenty-one women in 2003 with a goal of helping to raise funds for the yet-to-be-built Heritage Center museum.  According to the Guild’s mission, it annually hosts the Heritage Happening auction and dinner to help support the continuing development of the Center and its extensive educational programs for children.  Exciting new exhibits each year attract patrons of all ages, and new facilities are under construction. This year, more than 8,000 students are expected to participate in the Center’s educational programs.

Invitations to Smoky Mountain Memories will be mailed in April to Heritage Center members and past attendees, but all are welcome to purchase tickets by calling the Heritage Center at 865-448-0044 or by Clicking Here. Tickets are $125.00 per person, $90.00 of which is tax deductible. On-line pre-bidding on silent auction items will open on May 1st, and a code to access the auction site will be emailed to ticket holders on that date.