The Evergreen Ball is first and foremost a celebration – a celebration of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the long history of its support and preservation by the people of this region. The Evergreen Ball is also a celebration of generosity – many individuals and businesses contribute their time and their resources to make this evening special each year. Over the years, it has raised more than $6.5 million to support education, conservation, historic preservation, and wildlife protection programs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The Knoxville Opera Guild's largest annual fundraiser is the Opera Ball. The net proceeds assist the company in serving tens of thousands of East Tennessee students and adults with live opera performances and 100 education/community programs.
All proceeds from the benefit auction support the efforts of the College of Nursing to develop and educate the next generation of nurse leaders by providing nursing students state-of-the art technology, classroom space, and equipment to receive the highest quality educational experiences.