Community is very important to Bear. The extensive listing of Benefit Auctions he has conducted is evidence of his commitment to community. Bear has never charged a nonprofit for doing an auction. This is his way of giving back to help others. His benefit auctions include schools, churches, arts and culture, healthcare, and Universities and foundations. Bear’s 35 plus years as an auctioneer is proof of his expertise in the field.
If you are in need of an auctioneer for your Benefit Auction, contact
Bear Stephenson by phone 865-567-8292 or email him at [email protected].
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Grandstand Classic 2023 - All funds raised make wishes come true for East Tennessee children battling critical illnesses. Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Research shows a wish can give kids the strength to fight against and even overcome a critical illness. A wish unites neighbors, friends and entire communities in life-changing experiences. https://wish.org/get-involved
Friday, April 28, 2023
Annual Gardens Gala - “Conserving the Past, Sustaining the Future,” highlights how important this beautiful place is for our community. The State Botanical Garden of Tennessee, commonly known as the UT Gardens, welcomes visitors to its locations in Jackson, Crossville, and Knoxville. Each site showcases the latest research and education in horticulture and provides visitors with outstanding green spaces to learn, play, explore, and relax. https://utgardens.tennessee.edu/
Saturday, April 22, 2023
Saturday, February 11, 2023
Master Gardeners of Roane County (MGRC) is a trained and dedicated volunteer network that expands the outreach of the Tennessee Master Gardener Program to serve the horticulture education needs of the local community.
A part of the University of Tennessee Extension Service, the Tennessee Extension Master Gardener program seeks to improve the lives of Tennesseans by promoting environmental stewardship, non-commercial food production, and human health and well-being through horticulture education and outreach. https://mgroanecounty.org/about-us/
January 28, 2023 - Cheers to 20 years!
The Evergreen Ball is first and foremost a celebration of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the long history of its support and preservation by the people of this region. For almost 20 years, Friends have gathered for this celebration and raised more than $8.5 million for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Funds raised from this incredibly special evening have supported a variety of programs and projects in the park including: Parks as Classrooms, historic preservation, wildlife conservation, native grassland restoration, and much more.
ADFAC - Bow Tie Awards Ceremony & Auction - November 2022
Tremont at Marblegate Farm - August 2022
Friends of the Smokies - Evergreen Ball - April 2022
UT Gardens Gala - April 2022
Knoxville Museum of Art - March 2022
Volunteer Ministry Center
Operation Angel Wing
Museum of Appalachia
Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachia
|Sertoma Center, Inc.||Friends of the Smokies|
Tremont: At Marblegate Farm "Tremont is a nationally recognized non-profit partner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As the only residential educational learning center in the park, we have the honor of providing transformative education programs in the park that focuses on experiential student learning and teacher development."
Friends of the Smokies - Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park assist
the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect Great Smoky Mountain
Park by raising funds and public awareness, and providing volunteers for needed
UT Gardens Gala: worm castings and wine! The UT Gardens Gala recently celebrated a record crowd - and record amount of money raised - in near perfect weather at its beautiful location on Neyland Drive. the Blue Streak a lens into Knox life by Cynthia Moxley https://bluestreak.moxleycarmichael.com/2022/05/16/ut-gardens-gala-worm-castings-and-wine/
Knoxville Museum of Art - The Knoxville Museum of art celebrates East Tennessee's rich, diverse visual culture and its connections to the wider currents of world art. https://knoxart.org/ The event is called "L'Amour du Vin" and it's in its 19th year as the major annual fundraiser for the Knoxville Museum of Art.
Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties (ADFAC) exists to support and serve those in need by assisting them in becoming stable and self sufficient. https://www.adfac.org/
Volunteer Ministry Center (VMC) - Our mission is to facilitate permanent supportive housing for those who are homeless and to provide services to prevent homelessness." "Opening doors for a better tomorrow." https://www.vmcinc.org/
Operation Angel Wing - Operation Angel Wing is a non-profit organization that works as a liaison specifically targeting the individual needs of American veterans/first responders and their families suffering from the devastating effects of Post-Traumatic Stress as a direct result of their service. Operation Angel Wing is dedicated to aiding and assisting our service men and women in whatever capacity needed as a single or family unit.
Friends of the Smokies
|UT Gardens||Knoxville Opera Guild||Girls Inc.|
|SARG||Knox Museum of Art||Make a Wish||Norris Elementary|
|March of Dimes||St. Jude's||Oak Ridge Boys Club||Anderson County 4-H|
|Knox Boys & Girls Club||UT School of Music||Central Baptist Church||Marlow Fire Dept.|
|JR Urban League||Joy of Music School||Grace Baptist Church||Unitarian Church|
|Sertoma Center||United Way||Clinton 1st Baptist||Oak Ridge Rotary|
|Oak Ridge Christian Women||Knoxville Botanical Center||Smokey Mountain Heritage Museum||South Clinton Elementary|
|Alex Haley Golf Tournament||West Knox Chamber of Commerce||Oak Ridge Children's Museum||Andersonville Volunteer Fire Dept.|
|Executive Women's International||Dogwood Elementary Knoxville||Gettysview Country Club||Clinch River Baptist Church|
|NightinGala UT School of Nursing||Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties||Plus many more|