Arrowmont, Ole Smoky partner for auction

May. 01, 2013 @ 11:10 PM

Arrowmont and Ole Smoky Moonshine have partnered to present Shine, Wine & Dine, the school's third annual art and wine auction, Friday at 5:30 p.m. on the Arrowmont campus.

Arrowmont officials hope to raise over $100,000 at the school's main annual fundraising event, which features pieces of artwork and crafts from dozens of local and regional artists.

"It's a very important fundraiser because it helps us balance our budget," said Margit Worsham, auction organizer and Arrowmont board member.

Worsham said the school has already raised $65,000 through its various event sponsors. "Their sponsorships have really helped," she said.

Tickets to the auction cost $100 per person. The night will begin with cocktails and a silent auction in the campus's Emma Harper Turner Building.

"Then the live auction and dinner will be in a tent at the top of the campus," said Jennifer Brown, development manager with Arrowmont. "We like it to be progressive, so people can experience different parts of campus and mingle and see galleries and then move on to the live auction tent."

The live auction will feature 20 items, ranging from artwork to events such as a wine and pottery party at Arrowmont.

The silent auction also includes events and artworks, "as well as different gift baskets," Brown said. "Altogether we have around 50 items between both auctions."

The event was designed to be a signature fundraiser for the school, Brown said, "and to bring people to the campus to give them a better understanding of our mission, as well as our value to education, the arts and Sevier County."

New this year is marquee sponsor Ole Smoky Moonshine.

“Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine is a great partner for this event,” Arrowmont Director Bill May said in a press release for the event. “The Baker and Edwards families — like their famous products from Ole Smoky — have the same kind of deep roots and strong connections to this place that Arrowmont does. Their company and our school are both committed to preserving and honoring the heritage of the Smokies.”

One item being auctioned is Ole Smoky’s first barrel of oak-barrel-aged whiskey.

"We're happy to help them in their fundraising efforts and are excited to celebrate the rich heritage of the arts and crafts community in Gatlinburg," said Joe Baker, the distillery's co-founder. "It certainly makes sense, as the arts and crafts and moonshine are both part of the rich history of the area. We believe Arrowmont is an important part of the community, and we're proud to be a sponsor, and we hope folks will turn out in big numbers to help with the effort to raise money for the cause."

Tickets must be purchased by calling Arrowmont at 436-5860.

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