Editorial: Fundraiser critical to Arrowmont success

May. 02, 2013 @ 11:38 PM

Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in downtown Gatlinburg is a local treasure, a world-renowned school that attracts students and patrons from across the country — and beyond. Its future in the current location is in doubt, since the owner of the land, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women Inc., plans to sell the property, but until things are sorted out, Arrowmont plugs away and raises the money it needs to remain a top attraction.

Tonight Arrowmont and Ole Smoky Moonshine will present Shine, Wine & Dine, the school’s third annual art and wine auction. It starts at 5:30 p.m. on the Arrowmont campus. Arrowmont officials hope to raise over $100,000 during their primary annual fundraiser. Artwork and crafts from dozens of local and regional artists will be for sale.

Margit Worsham, auction organizer and Arrowmont board member, said the school has already raised $65,000 through its event sponsors. Tickets to the auction are $100. The night will begin with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and the live auction. The silent auction also includes events, baskets and art.

Marquee sponsor Ole Smoky Moonshine should help make this fundraiser a success. The locally owned business has been a huge hit since opening downtown, and its involvement in community projects and support is a rightful extension of its commitment to the area. One item being auctioned is Ole Smoky’s first barrel of oak barrel-aged whiskey. That would be a great treasure to possess.

Tickets must be purchased by calling Arrowmont at 436-5860. It’s perhaps a high price to pay, but such a worthy cause to support.