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Rugby Vols Assist Evergreen Ball

By MTB, 02/08/18, 4:00PM EST


Annual event raises over $700k for GSMNP

Tennessee Rugby volunteered to a wonderful cause last weekend by assisting with the 15th Annual Evergreen Ball hosted by the Friends of the Smokies. 

It all began in 2010 when the planning committee asked Coach Robertson in passing if he knew of some young men willing to come by late in the evening to assist the attendees in loading the items they purchased in the silent auction.  From that inquiry, a hand full of Rugby Vols showed up to help the very appreciative attendees.  

Each year since, the club involvement has grown from the original 5 to this year's 28 players working in three shifts throughout the day to set up, maintain and take down the event displays.  

"...please extend my thanks to each of those that participated in the event.  I think you would be hard-pressed to find a group more at-the-ready to help, open to direction and courteous in the process.   And sure they can carry heavy things - which is great but is not what is most impressive about this group, in my opinion.   No matter what the task (or the ask) from set up to take down and even in between, they jumped at the chance to help and stayed engaged until the job was done.  This event could not and would not be what is without the army of volunteers who assist with so many aspects of the event, from beginning to end..." - Christine Hoyer, Evergreen Ball Committee, Volunteer Management Chair

15th Annual Evergreen Ball raises thousands for Great Smoky Mountains

Friends of the Smokies gathered for the 15th annual Evergreen Ball at Cherokee Country Club on Saturday, January 27th to celebrate Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) in grand style. This year’s black-tie gala has raised more than $700,000 for the park’s annual needs.

The fundraiser featured a silent auction, wine auction, and live auction with more than 500 items, including one-of-a-kind experiences and vacation packages to HGTV’s Dream Home in Gig Harbor, Washington and the Grand Canyon.

Money raised from the event will also help to support education, conservation, historic preservation and wildlife protection programs in GSMNP. This special event also kicked off celebrations of Friends of the Smokies’ 25th anniversary. The organization has raised more than $60 million in support of GSMNP since it was founded in 1993.