Benefit Auctions

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.

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.

Saturday, April 22, 2023

The American Museum of Science & Energy Foundation (AMSE Foundation) builds upon the cultural legacy of the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, through our support of the engaging, educational programming at the American Museum of Science & Energy and the preservation of historical records, artifacts, and exhibits at the K-25 Historical Center.
By helping these institutions document a unique chapter in American history, and by including diverse stories and perspectives, we are informing urgent conversations about the role of science and technology in our everyday lives.

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. 

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

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

    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. 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.      

The Museum of Appalachia is a living history museum - a pioneer mountain farm-village that lends voice to the people of Southern Appalachia through the artifacts and stories they left behind.  Founded in 1969 by John Rice Irwin, the Museum is a non-profit organization, and a Smithsonian Affiliate museum.

    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."    

    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. 

Benefit Auctions
Friends of the Smokies
UT GardensKnoxville Opera GuildGirls Inc.
SARGKnox Museum of ArtMake a WishNorris Elementary
March of Dimes St. Jude'sOak Ridge Boys ClubAnderson County 4-H
Knox Boys & Girls ClubUT School of MusicCentral Baptist ChurchMarlow Fire Dept.
JR Urban LeagueJoy of Music SchoolGrace Baptist ChurchUnitarian Church
Sertoma Center
United WayClinton 1st BaptistOak Ridge Rotary
Oak Ridge Christian WomenKnoxville Botanical CenterSmokey Mountain Heritage MuseumSouth Clinton Elementary
Alex Haley Golf TournamentWest Knox Chamber of CommerceOak Ridge Children's MuseumAndersonville Volunteer Fire Dept.
Executive Women's InternationalDogwood Elementary KnoxvilleGettysview Country ClubClinch River Baptist Church
NightinGala UT School of Nursing
Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian CountiesPlus many more

Check out the videos below of Bear in action at a benefit auction!