Night of Lights Gala

 29th Annual Festival of Trees – Friday, November 17, 2017, beginning at 6:30 pm

It wasn’t the summer of ‘69 but the fall of ‘87 when Hands On! Regional Museum first opened.  So, we are like totally going back to the beginning to celebrate the past 30 years of Hands On! and our last year in this location at this year’s Night of Lights Gala, our biggest fundraiser of the year!

  • There’s a party goin’ on right here! Totally tubular slide rides, & mixology until 7:30! Contests throughout the night!
  • Silent & Live Auctions – Be sure to bid on some choice items for yourself or someone special!
  • Dinner catered by Main Street Catering
  • You gotta cut loose with entertainment featuring DJ Robbie Britton and all of the awesome 80s tunes!  Come prepared to pay or pledge to get your favorite played next!

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

More info about the Night of Lights Gala:

November 17th – 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! 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 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, raising $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 2016-2017 fiscal year was over 81,000 people, all of whom were able to participate in educational programs and activities that were the result of funds raised from the Night of Lights Gala.

How are the funds generated?
Corporate and private sponsorships, 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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