Scruffy City Soirée


The Scruffy City Soirée  | September 23, 2016

6:30 PM | The Standard

A Festive Evening Celebrating Knoxville’s Past, Present, & Future

In 1947 writer John Gunther called it “the ugliest city in America” – a title that prompted the formation of the Dogwood Arts Festival. Labeled “The Scruffy Little City” in 1980 by the Wall Street Journal, Knoxville defied the critics again by hosting the successful 1982 World’s Fair.

Over the past 30 years, Knoxville has been transformed into a place we’re proud to call home and historic preservation has played a critical role in that transformation. Come celebrate our city, & support Knox Heritage in its mission to preserve Knoxville’s historic treasures.

The Scruffy City Soirée is our annual fall fundraiser, which provides support for many important Knox Heritage programs and services and makes it possible for the Knox Heritage staff to advocate every day for historic places in Knoxville and throughout the 16-county region. If you’ve attended the Scruffy City Soirée in the past, you know what a great night it is. Included in your ticket price is a delicious buffet dinner, wine & beer, and live entertainment. Our celebrity guest hosts get everyone pumped up before a live auction that features items and experiences you can’t get anywhere else! The silent auction offers unique local art, crafts, excursions and tours, and other surprises not found at other auctions.


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chairs-high-resScruffy City LIVE Auction Items

See full descriptions in silent auction area for more information, restrictions, and expiration dates.

Brian Pittman Cathedral Art
What started as an oversized doodle on Wall Avenue has blossomed into a part-time career and labor of love for Brian Pittman. Each of his cathedral drawings are done free-hand and no two are alike. Brian is “interested in the exploration between modern technology and religious passion.” His cathedral drawings are like physical representations of his innermost musings and daydreams and help fund the restoration of his home – the Mary Boyce Temple House. This original drawing was created exclusively for Knox Heritage.

Old City / Cripple Creek Urban Hike for 10
Join Jack Neely, columnist, author, historian & executive director of the Knoxville History Project, to explore one of Knoxville’s most interesting – and sometimes notorious – neighborhoods. Guests will enjoy libations at the Jig & Reel before setting off on their journey. The final destination is Saw Works Brewing Company where guests will savor beers crafted on site and premium hand-rolled cigars from Park City Cigar.

Football Weekend at Matheny Cottage for 4
On November 12, when the University of Tennessee battles the University of Kentucky on the gridiron, you and your guests will be in the midst of a perfect football weekend. Enjoy accommodations at Matheny Cottage on the grounds of Historic Westwood from Friday evening until Sunday evening; an epic tailgate party at Circle Park before the game with Mike & Kendall Keller and friends; four tickets to the game; a gourmet international food basket for noshing; and plenty of UT swag.

House Concert at Historic Westwood for 50
An intimate house concert at Historic Westwood is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience Knoxville’s world-class musicians in an unforgettable setting. This fall winning bidders will enjoy a cocktail supper and spirited libations while they experience a private concert featuring Knoxville Jazz All-Stars, including members of legendary funk-rock combo Gran Torino.

Escape to Florida’s Emerald Coast
Enjoy five days and four nights in the midst of the sugar-white sands of Seacrest Beach, nestled on the Florida coast alongside Seaside and Rosemary Beach. The European-style Villages of South Walton offer all the amenities you crave: easy access to the beach, pools, fabulous shops and cafes, all just minutes from Destin, Seaside and Panama City. This upscale studio condo features one Queen bed, one Queen sleeper sofa and one full bathroom. Sleeps four. Perfect for a romantic getaway or family adventure with the kids.

Nicaraguan Beach and Golf Retreat
Hacienda Iguana, a 345-acre gated community on Nicaragua’s western coast, offers a challenging 9-hole golf course, great surf, luxury accommodations and loads of activities in one of the country’s most scenic locations. Enjoy a one-week stay in a beautiful two story, two bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome with over 1500 square feet of living space located on the resort golf course and a short, picturesque walk from the beach. The home boasts a private porch with outdoor shower; two en-suite bedrooms; surf rack; a porch that overlooks the golf course; and a master bedroom balcony with hammock chairs to relax in each evening. The back porch is only a stone’s throw from the private pool for the Golf Townhome community.

Two rivers border both the north and south side of the resort where you can see abundant wildlife, including tropical birds, iguanas, sea turtles laying their eggs on the beach and Howler monkeys. Aside from great golf, you can enjoy one of Nicaragua’s most breathtaking white sand beaches, recognized internationally as one of the top surfing destinations in the country. In addition, you can enjoy the Hacienda Iguana’s private, oceanfront Beach Club, with a restaurant, full bar and beachside pool, plus round trip transportation from the Managua International Airport.

Summer Suppers Package for Two
The winning bidder receives 2 tickets to each Summer Supper during the 2017 series. This is a great way to see exclusive historic sites Knoxville and the surrounding region while enjoying fine food and fun company. Tickets are transferable, so the winner can share tickets with friends or business clients. Summer Suppers sell out quickly, so this is the only way to secure seats well in advance.

Hemlock House at Norton Creek Weekend & Oyster Roast
Spend a spectacular three-day weekend at the luxurious, six-bedroom “Hemlock House” at the top of Norton Creek Mountain Preserve in the Smokies. Up to 12 guests will also enjoy an Oyster Roast in its spacious outdoor kitchen. Constructed of local hemlocks from the mountain, this stunning six-bedroom home features beautiful views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, unique artwork and walking paths in this world-class trout reserve. Donated by Margit and Earl Worsham to benefit Knox Heritage.