We will honor the best preservation projects and leaders in Knoxville and Knox County in a venue that symbolizes what is possible when historic buildings are restored for new purposes.  Please be our guest for a reception between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre – 803 S. Gay Street where you will enjoy time with the ever-growing community of people who are passionate about preservation and who appreciate all the benefits it is bringing to our region.

Beginning at 6:00 p.m. we will celebrate the accomplishments of the last year and honor the people and organizations that have wowed us all over the last year by breathing new life into historic buildings and neighborhoods. The Preservation Awards Celebration is free and open to the public. So, bring a friend and help us thank the winners for the gifts they have given to our entire community.

The 2017 Preservation Awards celebration will feature guest speaker, Ken Stein, President & CEO of the League of Historic American Theatres

Ken Stein has worked with several non-profits over the past 25 years. He began his career in the for-profit sector with Humana Inc. where he spent 5 years as Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Since entering the non-profit arena, Stein has raised over $100 million for local, regional, and national non-profit organizations including PBS, Planned Parenthood, League of Historic American Theatres, KMFA Classical Radio and the Austin Theatre Alliance. During his career Stein has worked with several distinguished individuals including Vice President Al Gore, President Jimmy Carter, President George W. Bush, Texas Governor Ann Richards, Ambassador Andrew Young, Senator Sam Nunn, as well as award-winning actors Lily Tomlin, Diane Keaton and Shirley MacLaine.

His accomplishments with special events and on-line fundraising have been featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The NonProfit Times, InternetWeek.com, Business Week Online and Direct Marketing News.  In 1999, a new start-up company providing internet based support for non-profits chose Stein to beta-test a new product called Convio. This product is now the leading internet based fundraising program in the nation.  In 2008, Stein was recognized for his use of social media platforms to raise funds and awareness for non-profits.  Fast Company Magazine named him one of the most influential people on the internet in 2009. His writing has been positively reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post and Atlantic Monthly Magazine.  Written under a pseudonym, his online blog has been read by over 8 million people from more than 45 countries and has been nominated for several awards.

Mr. Stein is the President & CEO for the League of Historic American Theatres and frequently speaks at national conferences about his innovative approach to preservation, fundraising, marketing and management for the arts.