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American Cancer Society

The Knoxville Hope Gala

Under The Big Sky


November 5, 2021

The Press Room, Knoxville


In honor of American Cancer Society's continual contribution to move mountains with persistent ground breaking research, resulting in a 31% decrease in cancer death rates and over 2.9-million lives saved since 1991, we are celebrating with an evening inspired by the state of Montana, where endless mountains lie and a feeling of HOPE is forever felt under the Big Sky.

presented by 

                        Your Event Hosts 

2021 Chairs, John & Kelly Elliott 

Elliott's Boots & Shoes 

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              Night To Include            

CocktailHour with Silent Auction

Themed Course Meal

Honoree Tribute

Live Auction 

Mission Celebration & Paddle Raise

After Party with Live Concert


Mid-length to floor dresses & dark suits to tuxes. Furs & boots are highly welcomed.

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Are you ready to take a shot to end cancer with Elliott's Boots & the American Cancer Society?


Aiming For Hope:

ACS Sporting Clays Tournament

Chaired by Erin Wakefield, Wakefield Corporation 

Event brought to you by:



6:30 PM EST

Silent Auction & Cocktail Hour

7:30 PM EST

Themed Dinner with Live Auction, Honoree Tribute & Mission Celebration with Paddle Raise

10:00 PM EST



Your night of a few hours

will give others countless hours of many nights. 


Cancer Doesn't Quarantine & Neither Can Our Fight!


COVID-19 has struck cancer funding significantly. Now more than ever, we need everyone to take up the fight against cancer. 

The impact of the pandemic has reduced the American Cancer Society's ability to fund research by 49%, our lowest research investment this century. Such drastic reductions have decreased crucial treatments and discoveries that improve and save lives. Furthermore, ongoing support for cancer patients and caregivers is at risk. From education and prevention initiatives to programs such as our 24/7 virtual helpline, Hope Lodge & ride share program, the American Cancer Society is struggling to keep the mission alive. We need your help in rising above COVID-19 and continuing the fight against cancer. 

With vaccinations making their way across the country, American Cancer Society plans to hold an in-person gala on November 5. However, space will be limited and all CDC guidelines will be enforced. To ensure the opportunity for all to safely participate, we will host a LIVE STREAM from The Press Room. Sponsors who elect to participate remotely, will have their meals delivered to them.  From in-person cozy couch watching or small home gatherings to celebrating in-person at The Press Room,  this year's gala will  serve as a hybrid event, allowing all to take part. 

How To Help Fight

Board of Ambassadors (left to right): Drs. Mark and Meredith Overholt  & Dr. Garrett and Leslie Lischer at Annual VIP Dinner


Some of our 2020 auction donors

Become A Sponsor 

With various levels to chose from, all  including benefits and a minimum of 8 seats, sponsorship is a great way to attend the event, while also showing the community your support for the fight against cancer. 

Serve As A Board of Ambassador (BOA) 

BOAs are distinguished individuals in the Knoxville-community that have a passion to fight cancer, while encouraging others to join them. With a minimum $5,000 personal donation, along with a commitment to help bring new relationships to the American Cancer Society, Board of Ambassadors, along with the Annual Campaign Chairs, serve as the leaders of the Hope Gala. 

Enroll Your Company In Our Champions Campaign 

The perfect way to add FUN into FUNdraising. This serves as an opportunity to get your entire company involved in the fight against cancer.  From in-house fundraising activities to simple employee donations, the Champions Campaign is a great way to encourage your entire team's involvement in the American Cancer Society Mission. 

Donate To Our Auction

A great way for companies to receive brand exposure without having to make a monetary donation. Our annual silent and live auction serve as significant revenue sources for the Knoxville Hope Gala. 


Make A Donation Today 

Your 100% tax eligible donation is the perfect way to join our Mission to SAVE LIVES, CELEBRATE LIVES and LEAD THE FIGHT for a WORLD WITHOUT CANCER.

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Cancer may have started the fight, but we will finish it! 


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