Thank you to our 2021 Presenting Sponsor:
Auction Postponed until Spring 2021
June 1, 2020. After extensive deliberations between staff and board directors, the Chamber will forgo their 2020 annual silent and live auction, focusing instead on supporting member businesses as they recover following total or partial closures due to COVID19 orders.
Although the auction is the signature Chamber event and fundraiser that has occurred each spring for 32 years, moving forward with it did not make good sense in the current economic climate.
Chamber President, Julie Blaylock commented, “Our auction’s success depends heavily on the generosity of business item donations, for which we provide brand marketing and promotion. We know budgets for the rest of the year have had to change dramatically because of the last couple months. Our businesses have helped us repeatedly with their donations over the years; it’s time for all of us to answer the call and focus on helping them.” The original event was scheduled for April 24.
The chamber will also focus on supporting its 20 member non-profits with crucial fundraising events that will be rescheduled later this year. “Have hands, will work for t-shirt,” quipped Blaylock, smiling. Existing auction sponsorships will carryover to 2021. Staff contacted ticketholders for refunds, and are contacting item donors to coordinate carryover of those donations to 2021 where appropriate. The Chamber appreciates the gracious understanding of Presenting Sponsor TDS Telecom, Event Sponsors Rothchild Catering & Conference Center, Town of Farragut, and Knox County, and Media Sponsors ViaMedia, 105.3 WFIV, Cumulus Radio, and the farragutpress.