Night of Lights Gala


 28th Annual Festival of Trees – Friday, November 18, 2016, beginning at 6:30 pm

Laissez les bons Temps Rouler!  Let the Good Times Roll at this years Night of Lights Gala, our biggest fundraiser of the year!

Designer decorated greenery items and fabulous auction packages will raise money for the Museum’s programs and exhibits.  Enjoy a delicious buffet catered by Main Street Catering and an interactive show featuring Rocky Tops Dueling Pianos!

For more information or reservations, please contact Kristine at or 434-4263 x.804.

More info about the Night of Lights Gala:

November 18th – tickets are $125 each

Tickets may be purchased by calling (423) 434-4263.

The Night of Lights Gala presents a holiday shopping spree for all your gift buying needs! Greenery, created by regional designers, and many other items, donated by the region’s businesses and individuals, make up this exciting evening. Artwork, health and beauty items like massages and fitness packages, items designed just for kids, specialty items, trips to exciting locales, entertainment packages, dinner packages to tempt anyone’s palate, sports items like race packages and autographed items, and many golf outings will be included in the silent auction and voice auctions.

Who benefits from this event?
The Night of Lights Gala is the main fund-raising event for Hands On! Regional Museum, grossing $50,000 each year. Thousands of children, adults, senior citizens, school groups, church groups, and scout troops who visit the museum benefit from the numerous programs, activities, and exhibits these funds support. Attendance for the 2015-2016 fiscal year was over 65,000 people, all of whom were able to participate in educational programs and activities that were the result of funds raised from Festival of Trees.

How are the funds generated?
Corporate, private sponsorship of Night of Lights Gala, ticket sales, donations, and purchase proceeds from the voice and silent auctions held during the Gala all provide revenue to subsidize Hands On! educational programs, exhibits, and outreach.

How can the community assist?
The Night of Lights Gala Committee is seeking sponsors, volunteers, donors to give specialty items that can be sold during the Night of Lights Gala Auction. Hands On! Regional Museum is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization; all contributions are tax-deductible. For sponsorship information, please contact Andy Marquart at (423) 434-4263 x.803.

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