National Treasures co-chairs Becky Browder and Lana Freeland are leading an experienced event committee and coordinating the donation of over 60 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. Clumpie’s 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 nearly 950,000 visitors in 2018 spending 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,” remarks Tricia Mims, executive director of National Park Partners. “The support of the business community and their recognition of the economic impact of the Park, totaling nearly $70 million in 2018, is deeply appreciated.”
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. “Our community is so fortunate to have these tremendous natural, cultural, and historic resources in virtually every direction you look around town,” says Sanford. “This even is a great way to give back to the National Park that gives so much to our area.”
Tickets to National Treasures are $75 each or $130 per couple, with a portion of the ticket cost being a tax-deductible donation. “Host Partner” sponsorships are available at $500 and include four tickets to the event. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday, August 30. For more information, call (423) 648-5623 or go to npp-ccm.org.