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VOL. 43 | NO. 41 | Friday, October 11, 2019

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KMA Clayton Award. The James L. Clayton award is presented at an annual luncheon to the individual, family, foundation or business whose support of the Knoxville Museum of Art has been both uncommonly generous and sustained. The 22nd annual award recipients will be announced; members of the Director’s Circle also will be honored. Those members include all individuals, businesses and foundations that give $1,000 or more annually to the museum. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information


Compassion Coalition

The group will hold its annual Community Impact Luncheon fundraiser. There is no cost to attend; there will be an ‘ask to help’ to support the group’s mission. 11:40 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch is at noon. Compassion Coalition is a faith-based nonprofit in Knoxville with a coalition of churches, organizations and businesses committed to moving beyond the walls of church buildings to bring compassionate assistance to the community. Cokesbury Center, 9915 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Information


The Knoxville Chamber’s annual fall networking event allows attendees to interact with hundreds of business people. Attire is business casual/casual. Attendees can buy tickets in advance for $5 for Chamber members and $10 for non-members Tickets at the door will be available for $10. 4:30-7 p.m. Knoxville Expo Center, 5441 Clinton Highway, Knoxville. Information

Design Center Gala

The East Tennessee Community Design Center will hold its annual gala in support of the organization. The Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award, which is a tribute to the legacy of architect Bruce McCarty and the contributions he made to the region as one of the founders of ETCDC, will be presented to Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. The Annette Anderson Director’s Award also will be presented, which is granted to a nonprofit client of the East Tennessee Community Design Center that has demonstrated a commitment to making East Tennessee a better place. The 2019 recipient is The Change Center. 5:30-8:30 p.m., $150 per ticket; $1,250, table of 10. The Foundry on the Fair Site, 747 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information

Community Coalition against Human Trafficking

“Today I Rise: An Evening to Benefit the CCAHT” is the fall dinner for the group. The event includes a cocktail hour starting at 5:30 p.m. with program and dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m. The CCAHT provides education about human trafficking in Knoxville and upper East Tennessee while providing after-care services to survivors of human trafficking. The dinner is the organization’s primary fundraiser and allows the community to connect with the nonprofit’s mission and join the efforts through giving. 5:30-8 p.m. $100 per person, $1,000, table of 10. Jackson Terminal, 205 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville. Information

Big Heights Rooftop Crawl

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee will hold its Crawl, a Halloween-theme event that will include costume contests. It will take place on the rooftops of Market Square with food, drinks and music. 6-10 p.m. $50-$60, general admission, $80 VIP. Information


Metro Drug Coalition

A fundraising breakfast for the organization, which will announce a new service in its mission to improve the health of the greater Knoxville community by reducing the use of alcohol and drugs through policy, systems and environment change. 7:30-9 a.m. Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Information


Knoxville Opera Ball

This major fundraiser of the Opera Guild is an annual, elegant affair and includes cocktails, silent and live auctions, gourmet meal, live music and dancing. The 2019 event is called “The Butterfly Ball.” 6:30 p.m. $250 per ticket, $5,000 table of eight. Knoxville Museum of Art 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information


360° of Hope Luncheon

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s annual luncheon brings together more than 300 of Knoxville’s business and community leaders to enjoy networking, a featured speaker and the chance to learn more about CCETN and its programs. The 2019 speaker will be Phillip Fulmer, director of athletics for the University of Tennessee. All proceeds from the luncheon will benefit Knoxville’s Children’s Emergency Shelter for children who have been removed from the home and are awaiting longer-term placement. 11:30-1 p.m. $30 per ticket, $300 table of 10. The Press Room, 730 N. Broadway, Knoxville. Information

The Roy & Alice Kruse Epilepsy Advocacy Award

The Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee will hold its annual award luncheon and honor longtime business owner and former City Councilman Larry Cox for his many years of support. RSVP to 865-522-4991 or Noon-1 p.m. Crowne Plaza Knoxville, 401 W. Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville. Information

Equal Opportunity Awards Gala

The Knoxville Area Urban League hosts its most significant fundraising event of the year. The evening is a celebration with food, fellowship and top-flight music. Corporate sponsorships and tables are available. Limited number of individual tickets will be on sale. Attire: black tie, black tie optional or cocktail. 5:30-10 p.m. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St., Knoxville. Information

Days of Dread: Knoxville’s Historic Epidemics

Laura Still, a well-known historic tour guide and author of the bestselling book, “A Haunted History of Knoxville,’’ will present her recently completed research into the illnesses that felled hundreds of local citizens over the years. Included are the mosquito-borne fevers that claimed the lives of Knoxvillians like William Blount, the mid-19th century cholera outbreaks that sickened entire neighborhoods and the deadly flu of 1918. The lecture will make the past come alive for history lovers and non-historians alike, delivered in the same style that makes Still’s walking tours of downtown Knoxville so popular. The program will begin with a light reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6 p.m. $5 per person. Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Ave. Information


Volunteer PRSA V Awards

The Volunteer chapter of the Public Relations Society of America’s professional development conference will be followed by a luncheon and the presentation of the annual V Awards. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The awards will be presented during the luncheon. Guest speakers will include:

Aerial Ellis, principal, Advisory 83, professor, department of communication and journalism, Lipscomb University, author, “The Original Millennial: Lessons in Leadership for the Millennial Generation

Clark Buckner, co-founder and chief creative officer, Relationary Marketing, digital assets project lead, Nashville Entrepreneur Center

Hope Buckner, senior account executive, DVL Seigenthaler

Whit Adamson, president, Tennessee Association of Broadcasters

Damian Ruck, computational social scientist and postdoctoral researcher, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Mark Nagi, region 1 community relations officer, Tennessee Department of Transportation. 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Regas Building, 318 N. Gay St., Knoxville. Information

The Koinonia Foundation Gala

The Foundation’s annual fundraising gala will include cocktails, silent auction, entertainment and a program led by WVLT’s Amanda Hara with testimonies about the impact of the foundation’s services from participants and counselors. Attire is dressy business or cocktail. The Koinonia Foundation of Tennessee serves individuals with disabilities by providing programs that improve overall well-being and foster independence while providing respite care for families. The Koinonia Foundation of Tennessee offers a weeklong residential camp, two weekend camps and local Knoxville programs for youth and adults. 6-11 p.m. $100, $800 table of eight. Bridgewater Place, 205 Bridgewater Road, Knoxville. Information

Free Macklemore concert

U.S. Cellular will celebrate its 35th anniversary of offering wireless service in the Knoxville area by hosting a free concert featuring Grammy Award-winning artist Macklemore at Thompson-Boling Arena. Macklemore, a hip-hop artist and songwriter from Seattle, has won four Grammy Awards including Best Rap Album 2014 (The Heist), Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. Free tickets will be available at select U.S. Cellular retail stores in Knoxville. Thompson-Boling Arena, 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way #202, Knoxville. Information

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