More than 160 park supporters attended the fourth annual gala, a lively and spirited event. Silent and live auctions featuring finely crafted items, from art work to furniture, raised most of the money.
This year Friends of the Smokies expects to provide more than $2 million to support park projects and programs, including a trail endowment, education programs for local schoolchildren, exhibits for the new Oconaluftee Visitor Center, ongoing efforts to protect the park’s hemlock forests and support for the Cataloochee elk.
“Friends has done a great job raising friends and awareness for the park,” Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson said at the event.
www.friendsofthesmokies.org or call 828.452.0720.