The Purpose
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 event’s ten year history, it has raise dover $3 million to support education, conservation, historic preservation, and wildlife protection programs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is an evening of elegance and enjoyment for the patrons, and an evening of importance for the Park.

Events are not only fundraisers, they are also friend-makers; many of our most loyal donors first came to know our organization through attending a Friends event. It is gratifying to have patrons evolve from attendees to benefactors, and progress from purchasing tickets to sponsoring tables or major auction items.


The Evergreen Ball affords many opportunities to become involved with Friends of the Smokies, such as sponsorships, donations to the live or silent auctions, or attendance at the Ball. To learn how you can become involved, contact Lauren Gass at (800) 845-5665 or

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