National Treasures co-chairs Becky Browder and Lana Freeland are leading an experienced event committee and coordinating the donations of over 50 items for the silent auction. From restaurant gift cards to one-of-a-kind experiences and specialty baskets, guests will have a wide variety of choices at every price point. The delicious buffet supper will be catered by C&W Café and include southern-style barbecue and all your comfort food favorites, along with some healthy plant-based options. For dessert, Clumpies ice cream cart will be on hand for an after-dinner treat. Throughout the evening, guests will be treated to the smooth sounds of Chattanooga’s own Power Players, featuring Johnny Smith playing R&B favorites with contemporary classics mixed in.
National Park Service Superintendent Brad Bennett will be on hand to visit with event attendees, and interpretive National Park Rangers will be stationed at Umbrella Rock to share stories of how this became the area’s first major tourist attraction, as well as the history of the Ochs Museum. Totaling around 9,100 acres, the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park is the largest public open space in the region and was the very first National Military Park to be dedicated in the country.
Our National Park remains the largest tourist draw in the Chattanooga area, with 1 million visitors coming annually to spend time among the six units of the Park - Chickamauga Battlefield, Lookout Mountain Battlefield, Missionary Ridge, Moccasin Bend National Archeological District, Orchard Knob and Signal Point.
“We are grateful to have First Tennessee Foundation and McKee Foods returning as our presenting sponsors,” remarked Tricia Mims, executive director of National Park Partners. “The support of the business community and its recognition of the economic impact of the Park, totaling over $70 million in 2017, is deeply appreciated.”
Mims notes that the new National Park Partners organization is the result of a merger between Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and the Friends of Moccasin Bend. “The two Friends groups served the National Park for decades, each very successful in carrying out their respective missions,” says Mims. “The time was right to consolidate our operations and become one united philanthropic partner for our National Park, creating efficiencies for Park staff and simplifying the message to the public that these six special places are all part of one National Park.”
Lookout Mountain’s own Keith Sanford, a regular guest of National Treasures, encourages his fellow residents and all who enjoy the peaceful beauty of our National Park to support the event. “Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park is truly a national treasure,” says Sanford. “We all need to do our part to preserve this asset for future generations.”
Tickets to National Treasures are $75 each or $130 per couple, with a portion of the ticket cost being a tax-deductible donation. Host sponsorships are available at $250 and will be listed in the event program. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday, August 31. All donations received above the ticket price or in lieu of attending will be matched by a generous challenge grant from the Lyndhurst Foundation, up to $50,000, to support the newly launched National Park Partners organization. For more information, call (423) 648-5623 or visit npp-ccm.org.