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"The Roof, The Roof, The Roof is on Fire!"
Party on the Roof at Barre3

Discover sweeping views of Mount LeConte from the Bearden Hill rooftop of Barre3, an unforgettable venue where you and 50 friends can set the night on fire with a party that's sure to raise the roof.  The evening gets off to a smokin' start with dinner from Dead End BBQ and refreshing adult libations.  Your entertainment for the evening is one of music's hottest up-and-comers, country rocker Brad Blackwell, who has opened for acts such as Darius Rucker and Edwin McCain as well as played his own sold-out shows at the Bijou Theatre.  In case things start getting too hot to handle, the Cruze Farm Girls will treat your guests to their signature ice cream.  And to set the stage for the party everyone will be clamoring to attend, The Happy Envelope will provide you with custom-designed invitations.

Party is for fifty (50).  Date determined by mutual agreement.

Brad Blackwell
Cruze Farm Dairy
Downtown Grill & Brewery
Dead End BBQ
The Happy Envelope

Value: $16,000

The Girl with the Dragon Chateau
Clayton Cabin and Blackberry Farm Retreat

Find a place to make your stand and take it easy with five companions in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.  As guests of Chelly Clayton, you will enjoy a two-night stay in the Clayton's private cabin in idyllic Walland, Tennessee.  The accommodations are the epitome of rustic luxury and will serve as a welcoming refuge for the retreat ahead.  Just a stone's throw away is Blackberry Farm, one of America's most celebrated intimate luxury hotels that beckons discerning guests who aspire to escape modern-day frenzy and slip into a Blackberry state of mind.  You will enjoy a hike from the cabin to Blackberry Farm to discover for yourself the many reasons why it is one of the top-rated properties in the world.  Be among the first guests to revel in the decadence of The Wellhouse, Blackberry Farm's visionary new spa and wellness center, where each member of your party will indulge in the spa or wellness treatment of their choice.  Access to The Wellhouse is limited to overnight guests and private owners, making this opportunity all the more special.  After a hike and spa experience you are sure to be hungry for more.  Linger over lunch prepared by Blackberry Farm's acclaimed culinary team and served in  the Main House.  Worried about making the journey back to the cabin?  Blackberry Farm will provide transportation for  your entire relaxed party back to the Clayton Cabin.  The following day, tranquility comes to you with a private on-site yoga class, followed by an anything-but-ordinary boxed lunch from Bistro by the Tracks.  To top off the perfect day of serenity, Knoxville Catering is sending a private chef to prepare dinner, complete with a healthy cooking class.

Package is for six (6). Dates determined by mutual agreement.
Blackberry Farm Spa and lunch not available September 15-November 15 and holidays.

Blackberry Farm
Randy Burleson
Chelly and Kevin Clayton
Knoxville Catering
Real Hot Yoga


Art Dazzling Enough for the White House...Or Your House
"ANIMAL LOVERS" by Chris Roberts-Antieau

World-renowned artist Chris Roberts-Antieau has created a vibrant scene in her signature style that TIME Magazine describes as "cheeky, intricate, appliqued stories and scenes that she's been stitching together since the 1980's."  Her "fabric paintings" have adorned the White House and are included in the collections of Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton, Lyle Lovett and Julius "Dr. J" Erving.  As the artist says herself, "I use fabric like paint and a sewing machine like a pencil."  This particular piece, entitled "Animal Lovers", features a seated couple surrounded by a myriad of colorful creatures and is sure to be a treasured addition to your collection.

Piece is 30" by 32" appliqued fabric

Rick Bennett, Bennett Galleries


"Don't Cry for Me-I'm in Argentina"
Vines of Mendoza Excursion

A once-in-a-lifetime wine experience in the foothills of the Andes Mountains involves a journey to the luxurious retreat of Jenny and Randy Boyd.  Nestled in Mendoza's Uco Valley, their home in The Vines Resort and Spa is the pinnacle of relaxed elegance.  A retreat for wine lovers and outdoor adventurers alike, The Vines was recently named to Conde Nast's 2014 Hot List of the best new hotels in the world. With breathtaking views of the Andes, you may find yourself exploring the rugged countryside by horseback, on a fly-fishing excursion on the Rio Mendoza or rejuvenating your mind and body at their world-class spa.  During your stay, experience the legendary vintages created by renowned winemaker Santiago Achaval from the resort's own vineyards paired with the culinary artistry of internationally-acclaimed chef Francis Mallmann's inspired regional dishes showcasing Argentina's famous beef.

Package is for four (4).

Donors:  Jenny and Randy Boyd


How To Train Your Dragon
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's Center for Excellence Athletic Performance and Fitness Assessment

Unleash your inner dragon with the opportunity to have unparalleled access to the top trainers at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's (USSA) Center for Excellence in Park City, Utah.  A high-performance facility providing world-class training usually reserved for the most elite Olympic athletes, the 85,000-square-foot Center of Excellence is an international showcase for skiing and snowboarding that blends the best of high-performance athletic facilities, a nutrition center, recovery/rehabilitation facilities and a full sport science lab.  As part of your immersion, you will spend the day at the U.S. Olympic Team's headquarters where you will be evaluated by gold standard fitness assessments and take part in training sessions organized by the same sports scientists who train elite teams.  You will be provided with a complete assessment of your fitness level, a comparative report on all aspects of your fitness and recommended exercises to correct deficiencies or imbalances.

Package is for one (1).

Donors:  Adrian and Larsen Jay

Turning The Big Apple Orange
New York Fashion Weekend for Four

Do New York the way it's supposed to be done. Experience Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with VIP access, luxury accommodations, the finest in food and wine and of course shopping! This September journey for you and three friends begins with a personal escort to the first show of the week by premiere designer Diana Warner, whose fashions are found in more than 700 upscale stores worldwide. Over lunch, Diana will give  you insider perspective on the not-to-be-missed experiences you may choose from, including:

  • A menu of Mercedes-Benz fashion shows to choose from - two tickets to two different shows
  • Tour the factory floor of Joe's Jeans and then go on a $4,000 shopping spree at Joe's Jeans SoHo boutique. - four, $1,000 gift cards
  • Visit the Patricia Nash Showroom (near the garment district) where you will receive an exclusive preview of her Spring 2015 collection. Each guest will pick out their new handbag from the collection before it is even in production. 

As a culinary coup, your group will enjoy dinner at the elite James Beard House, with the menu prepared by the chef and team from a nationally celebrated restaurant. After an intimate reception hour with hors d'oeuvre and Champagne, wines, or other specialty beverages, served in the privacy of the boardroom overlooking the Beard House garden, you will sit down to a special five-to seven-course tasking menu, with wine pairings for each course that are carefully chosen by the featured chef or restaurant's sommelier. At the end of the evening, the featured chef will visit your party and answer any questions you might have about the meal.
More unforgettable meals await thanks to a $500 gift card from Fourth Wall Restaurants. Will you choose the flagship Smith & Wollensky, trendy Maloney & Porcelli or the sophisticated General Assembly?

Repose and rejuvenation are yours when you turn in for the night at the famed Waldorf Astoria. Your concierge level rooms prove why this landmark hotel has set the standard for luxury and service for more than a century.

Keep the fashion vibe alive when you return to Knoxville with a private, behind-the-scenes-tour at JTV including: VIP studio access during the live show, tour of the JTV corporate office, color testing for gemstones, stone cutting viewing and a catered lunch. You will leave with a goodie basket of loose gemstones, pearl strand, gemstone gift and gemstone testing tool.

Package is for four (4) and includes two rooms for two nights. September 5 - 7, 2014.

John Bowe
Joe's Jeans
Kimbro Maguire
Patricia Nash
Kristi Ogle
Diana Warner

A Horse, Of Course
"Untamed Spirit" by Christine Patterson

Artist Christine Patterson has created a breathtaking original work of art exclusively for Zoofari 2014. The artist is a Knoxville native who is represented in galleries from Chicago to California. Grounded in both realism and impressionism, this striking image of a powerful equine in gallop was created using pigment ink on rice paper with a high-gloss resin finish. As statement piece, this painting measures a substantial 62" x 42" 

Donor: Christine Patterson 

It's Willamette Dammit!

Willamette Valley Vineyards Fine Wine Extravaganza

Your destination is Oregon's famed Willamette Valley with its spectacular sweeping views can only get better when paired with award winning wines, grown on American soil. This exclusive trip for four starts at Willamette Valley Vineyards, Oregon's premier destination Winery. This is sure to be an extraordinary excursion for anyone from the die-hard aficionado to the casual wine drinker. Note that this experience is not available to the general public. Your VIP treatment begins with a private tour of the vineyard, culminating with an intimate guided tasting in the Barrel Room. Wine will not be the only indulgence enjoyed by your party. The vineyard's personal chef will prepare and host your private lunch. And with a sunset as your backdrop, you will join the vineyard's founder or head vinter for a culinary adventure - a gourmand's dinner complete with wine pairings they have personally chosen for you. Further exploration abounds as your personal driver whisks you through Oregon's Promised Land as you enjoy touring other local vineyards. When it is time to retire your satiated selves, you will not be disappointed by your elegant accommodations in the members-only Estate House.

Packages is for four (4) and includes two rooms for two nights. Date determined by mutual agreement.

Michelle and Jim Collins
Willamette Valley Vineyards

Flashback Weekend in Key Largo
20th Annual Vintage Weekend at the Ocean Reef Luxury Resort & Yacht Club

Journey to Key Largo where you'll travel back in time at the private Ocean Reed Luxury Resort & Yacht Club's 20th annual Vintage Weekend. An unparalleled celebration of classic automobiles, planes and yachts, the weekend's events include waterside tours, vintage aircraft aerobatic shows and road rallies. As fitting for this exclusive weekend, you and five companions will travel by private charter flight, courtesy of Grande Aviation to your luxury accommodations at the Ocean Reef Club where you may choose to relax with a golf outing on their two 18-hole golf courses and a visit to their world-class salon and spa. A true immersion for you and your guests into the golden age of first-class travel.

Package is for six (6). December 5-7, 2014

Kimberly and Michael Grande, Grande Aviation
Lucy & Michael Schaad

The Dragon of Wall Street
Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting

An extremely rare opportunity to travel to the legendary Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting to learn from the legend himself, Warren Buffet. You and your companion will travel as the personal guests of Kevin Clayton on the Clayton Citation jet to Omaha Nebraska. After settling in with an evening of fine dining and impeccably appointed accommodations, you'll spend the following day in the world of Mr. Buffet as he discusses the economy, Berkshire financial performance and anything else on his mind. Afterwards, attendees will have the exclusive opportunity for a Q & A session with Mr. Buffet. These pearls of wisdom have been known to move the markets following the annual meeting and you will bet here to hear them from the Oracle of Omaha firsthand. This package also includes passes to the exhibit hall where you will find exclusive offerings from many Berkshire Hathaway Holdings such as Justin Boots, See's Candies and Helzberg Diamonds. This is a journey sure to take you far beyond Omaha.

Package is for two (2). May 2-3, 2015.

Donor: Kevin Clayton

"Boun Natale" Ya'll!

Villa Collina Holiday Party

Celebrate the holidays in a breath-taking Italian villa with majestic views of the Tennessee River and The Great Smoky Mountains. Your setting is the elegantly-appointed Villa Collina, one of the premiere homes of Knoxville. The show-stopping 50-room estate features a wine cellar, indoor and outdoor heated pools, sauna, exercise room, tri-level library, home theatre, 11 fireplaces and a seven-car garage. Villa Collina will be in full-splendor with all the halls decked and the feel of a European Yule will be accentuated by a lavish gourmet offering from Northshore Brasserie and carefully chose wine parings courtesy of Triple C Distributing.

Package is for twenty (20). Party to be held between Thanksgiving and Christmas with date determined by mutual agreement.

Julie and Scott Boruff
Northshore Brasserie
Triple C Distributing

Dragon Our Way Back to the Top
The Tennessee Football Extravaganza

Give your all for Tennessee from your VIP vantage point as the Alabama Crimson Tide meets the Volunteers in what may be the most storied rivalry in the SEC. You and three companions can tailgate in your premium parking locale, then watch the pregame warm-up on the grass in Neyland Stadium with your sideline passes. At kick-off, you'll have the best vantage point in the house-Neyland's newly renovated state-of-the-art club section in the Skyboxes. Cue "Rocky Top" as coach Butch Jones and the Vols take on Nick Saban's dynasty from Tuscaloosa.

Package is for four (4). Tennessee vs. Alabama; October 25, 2014

University of Tennessee Athletics


They Say It's Your Birthday (...Or Other Special Celebration)
Knoxville Zoo Party

The only event venue in town that can guarantee some real party animals is Knoxville Zoo! Whether you're a kid or a kid-at-heart, this packages promises to make your occasion the best day ever. Choose to celebrate your special day in lots of ways, from the 5,000 square foot Clayton Safari Splash water play area, eye-to-eye with a giraffe at Williams Family Giraffe Encounter or by seeing what happens at the zoo after dark with a Night Safari. The zoo's ambassadors will be mingling and there will be a special appearance by Einstein, the famous African grey parrot, who's the life of the party! Of course, this fete is suited to fun-seekers of any age, because who wouldn't love unlimited rides on the Fuzzy-Go-Round carousel for everyone, eats and treats for the kids or refreshments for grown-ups 21 and over. 

Packages is for twenty (20)


Take Flight on the Wings of the Advertising Dragon
Media Blitz

Cause a "Komodotion" with an incredible package of advertising dominance.  You'll be at the top of the promotional food chain with the visibility this offering will provide.  Breathe fire into your business with this all-encompassing array that includes radio, internet and television advertising.  Your presence will be almost mythical.  Package includes:

B97.5 Radio:  $2,000 advertising package on B97.5 consisting of twenty :30 or :60 commercials over a seven-day period.  Spots will air best available time slots between    5:00 a.m.-midnight.  Must run Qtr1 2015.

Comcast Cable Television:  $1,000 custom advertising schedule, excludes UT sports.  Must be incremental to any current advertising contract.  Good through 3/31/15.

MyWVLT:  $2,000 advertising schedule on WVLT-TV.  Schedule can run any time between 7/1/14 and 6/30/15.  Rates will be determined by available inventory.

WTNZ:  $1,000 advertising schedule on Fox43.  Availability dates week of 12/28/14, 1/4/15, 3/1/15, 3/29/15 and 5/31/15.

WBXX: $1,000 advertising schedule on CW20 to run Monday-Sunday 6:00 a.m. through midnight.  The schedule can be used from 6/16/14-9/29/14.

WATE:  $1,000 worth of advertising on WATE.com, 50,000 impressions to air in a month.  Includes production of web ads.  Ads must run on WATE.com by 12/31/14-some dates excluded.

WBIR/10News2:  $2,000 on 10News2 to run by 4/30/15 on weeks agreeable to both parties.  Credit must be used by an advertiser who has not been on any WBIR station or website.

WIMZ 103.5 and WVRX 95.7X:  $2,500 advertising package consisting of 20 commercials :30 or :60 seconds over a seven day period on 103.5/WIMZ and 20 commercials on 95.7 The X.  These spots will air in the best available time slots between 5:00 a.m. and midnight.  All advertising based on availability.  Must run Qtr1 2015.

Cumulus Knoxville (WIVK, News Talk 98.7, The Sports Animal 99.1):  $2,500 advertising schedule which includes twelve :30 second commercials on all three stations (36 total).  Stations represented include WIVK, News Talk 98.7 and Sports Animal.  Monday through Sunday 6 a.m.-12 p.m.

WNOX 93.1 FM:  $1,000 for advertising on Classic Hits 93.1 valid Qtr1 2015.  New orders only.  All spots will run 5:00 a.m.-midnight Monday through Sunday.  All spots are pre-emptible.  Spots can only be used on WNOX when inventory is available.

No advertising agency commission will be paid on packages.  Certificates may not be:

  • used toward previous or current cash balances
  • used toward a political or issue advertising campaign
  • substituted for existing placed advertising schedule