On Tuesday, Feb. 20, Keep Knoxville Beautiful will host the annual Orchids Beautification Awards at The Standard located at 416 W. Jackson Ave., from 6 – 8:30 p.m.
The deadline for purchasing tickets is Thursday, Feb. 15th.
From 6 – 7 p.m., there will be a reception with complimentary beer and wine provided by Balter Beerworks and Elkmont Exchange as well as cocktails available for purchase from Post Modern Spirits. During the reception, guests may bid on a print of the “Big Rock Candy Mountain” mural Keep Knoxville Beautiful and Scripps Network Interactive completed last fall.
Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s three goals to promote a “cleaner, greener, more beautiful Knoxville” will be highlighted by a photo-booth, a beer garden and recycled artwork from New Hopewell Elementary School. Guests will enjoy live music by the Old City Buskers.
The ceremony and dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and will be emceed by Dino Cartwright of WVLT. Keep Knoxville Beautiful will announce its next Community of the Year, the area of Knox County where it will focus the majority of its efforts during the 2018-19 year.
Erin Gill, Sustainability Director for the City of Knoxville will be the night’s guest speaker.
City of Knoxville Public Service Director, Chad Weth, will present the second Felicia Harris Hoehne Award. Dino will present the Orchids Awards to a winner from each of the following six categories: Redesign/Reuse, Outdoor Space, New Architecture, Public Art, Restaurant/Café/Bar/Brewer and Environmental Stewardship. Finally, Tim Wheeler, a former president and former board member of Keep Knoxville Beautiful, will close the night by presenting the Mary Lou Horner Award to a previous Orchid winner that has been improved or remains “orchid-worthy.” A list of all nominees can be found at http://www.keepknoxvillebeautiful.org/orchid-awards.
Tickets are $85 and can be purchased at the website above.

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