published Friday, March 25th, 2011

A week of fundraisers

Hometown heroes, horses, hot rods and a hiker all take the spotlight over the next week at a series of fundraisers to benefit a broad range of cultural, health and social-service nonprofits.

Here’s an overview of what’s coming up. It’s not too late to make reservations.


* When: 8 o’clock tonight.

* Where: Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View.

* Admission: $40 per person, $60 for one admission plus one Smash and Grab ticket, $25 each additional Smash and Grab ticket at the event. Ticket deadline is 4 p.m. today.

* Benefits: Hunter Museum.

* Featured: Sponsored by Avant-art, a group of young professionals, Hunter Underground features food, beverages, entertainment and a silent art auction of items priced about $1,000 or less. Pieces in the silent auction are by regional artists, according to Katrina Craven, Hunter public relations and marketing director.

To participate in Smash and Grab, partygoers must have purchased special tickets, which will be randomly drawn throughout the evening. That winning ticketholder has 30 seconds to choose a work of art from the Smash and Grab gallery.

* For more information: 267-0968.


* When: Noon-7 p.m. Saturday; car show from noon to 3 p.m., trophies awarded 3:30 p.m., fireworks at dark; rain date is April 2.

* Where: Main Street, Ducktown, Tenn.

* Admission: $25 to enter car, free for spectators.

* Benefits: Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

* Featured: Show off your hot rod or custom vehicle in this 26th annual car show to raise funds and awareness for MS. There will be music, food and karaoke all afternoon, culminating with a concert by country singer Craig Reynolds before fireworks finish out the night. Reynolds is known for songs such as “Rollin’ in the Hey” and “A Little Rain and a Tin Roof.”

* For more information: 423-496-4602.


* When: 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

* Where: Tri-State Exhibition Center, Cleveland, Tenn.

* Entry fees: $40 Saturday clinic; $10 per class in Sunday show, $15 additional cattle fee for Sunday’s youth and adult ranch boxing and cutting divisions.

* Overnight fees: $15 stall per night, $25 stall for two nights, $20 camper hook-ups.

* Clinicians: Brandon Sutton, Nikki Sutton, Kim Smith, Larry Mitchell and Marvin Butler.

* Benefits: Youth fees are donated to the state 4-H Horse Show; adult fees benefit the sponsoring group, Volunteer Ranch Horse Association

* Featured: A day clinic on Saturday, limited to 50 people, teaches trail, showmanship, horsemanship and ranch riding, along with ranch boxing and cattle-cutting demonstrations.

On Sunday, 18 classes of youth (grades 4-12) and adult riders will compete.

“Our state 4-H horse program includes ranch horse skills, and this year two new categories were added: ranch boxing and sorting. This clinic is to help prepare students before they go to the state competition and to build their overall knowledge and skills,” said Larry Mitchell, event chairman.

* For more information: 423-595-7595.


* When: Noon registration, 2 p.m. walk Sunday.

* Where: Renaissance Park, Manufacturers Road.

* Entry fee: Free, registration and fundraising done online at On the website, users may register for the walk by clicking Strides of March tab. After registering, walkers create their own personalized fundraising page through the FirstGiving website.

* Benefits: Chattanooga CARES, the area’s HIV/AIDS resource center.

* Featured: A new location.

“We just wanted to try something different and since Renaissance Park is still fairly new, we thought we’d give it a try. It will make it a more viewer-friendly walk,” said David Martinez, CARES’ community relations manager and volunteer coordinator.

The route will vary only in that participants start in Renaissance Park, following the connecting walkway to Coolidge Park, then up to Frazier Avenue, across the Walnut Street Bridge, circle Bluff View Art District, back across the bridge and into the park.

Martinez said this year’s goal is $90,000.

* For more information: 648-9912.


* When: ArtWorks, 5-8 p.m. Tuesday; StyleWorks, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday.

* Where: Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza.

* Tickets: $25 ArtWorks, $50 for StyleWorks luncheon.

* Benefits: Siskin Children’s Institute.

* Featured: StyleWorks is the granddaddy of luncheon/fashion shows, setting the standard for nonprofit benefits. In the 35 years since its founding, it has added a shopping area then expanded into two days.

The ArtWorks preview party will offer a silent auction of work by regional artists as well as 21 pieces of original art created by children in Siskin’s learning centers, according to Jan Hollingsworth, Siskin public relations specialist.

“StyleWorks follows on Wednesday with a luncheon and runway of Belk’s trendiest clothing and accessories for children and adults,” she said.

The Marketplace, where 25 vendors will sell handbags, jewelry, home decor pieces and spa/bath products, will be open in the Convention Center during ArtWorks and before and after StyleWorks.

* For more information: 648-1707 or


* When: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

* Where: Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza.

* Admission: $125; Monday is reservation deadline.

* Benefits: Chattanooga chapter of American Red Cross.

* Featured: Aron Ralston, the hiker portrayed by actor James Franco in the movie “127 Hours,” is the guest speaker.

Five local residents, nominated by communitywide application process, will be honored as Hometown Heroes. Claudia Moore, Red Cross spokeswoman, said their identities remain a secret until the announcement at the luncheon.

* For more information: 265-3455.


* When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

* Where: The Mill event hall, 1607 Gulf St.

* Admission: $60, includes dinner catered by Carrabba’s; Monday is reservation deadline.

* Benefits: Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association.

* Featured: Speaker Bobby Woods, a wounded veteran.

* For more information: 634-1572.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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