Starlight Awards live auction includes trips, dinners and vacations

It is already one of the most elegant and special events in town. But those attending the Maryville City Schools Foundation Starlight Awards Gala on Saturday, Feb. 19, would do well to tuck a check or credit card in their pockets as they prepare to attend the event.

There’s going to be a live auction, and the items on the auction block aren’t something you can buy everyday.

The Starlight Gala is an evening to honor the Starlight winners and raise funds for the Maryville City Schools Foundation. Five will be presented Starlight awards in an impressive ceremony at the Clayton Center for the Arts on the Maryville College Campus.

Being honored are B.C. “Scooter” Clippard Jr., for Outstanding Alumni; Richard Harbison for Distinguished Service; Katie Gamble for Outstanding Young Alumni; Clayton Homes for Community Partnership; and Cindy Wilson for Family Partnership.

“Anyone who is planning to attend the event can bid on these items,” said Barbara Jenkins, Maryville City Schools Foundation executive director. “All proceeds from the auction will support the Maryville City Schools Foundation to benefit the Maryville City Schools.”

The live auction items include:

Costa Rica Luxury Resorts -- 5-Night Stay for Two

Enjoy a total of five nights including daily breakfast for two at either or both of these luxury Marriott resorts in Costa Rica year-round.

The JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa (Tamarindo) is located approximately 116 miles northwest of San Jose International Airport on a pristine secluded beach surrounded by the splendors of Costa Rican nature with an onsite championship golf course, an equestrian center, world-class spa and more.

The Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort (Playa Herradura) is located approximately 60 miles southwest of San Jose International Airport. This luxurious resort is nestled between the warm waters of the Pacific Gulf of Nicoya and a 1,100 acre tropical rainforest. Transportation between these two locations is not included.

Five-course meal from acclaimed chef John Fleer

Former Blackberry Farm long-time chef John Fleer, who earned both Relais Gourmand designation for the restaurant and two James Beard Award nominations, will prepare a five-course meal for six to 10 people in the home of the highest bidder. He will consult with the winner about the preferred menu and wines. He will provide the food as well as prepare it before his audience. During the summer months, Fleer owns and operates the Canyon Kitchen restaurant in Lonesome Valley, N.C. He also serves as a consultant.

Romantic Mountain Getaway for Two

Kissing Rock is a one bedroom, one bath log cabin that sits on the banks of the Little River in Townsend. Some of the amenities include a heart-shaped indoor Jacuzzi, outdoor hot tub overlooking the river, king-size bed, full kitchen, gas fireplace, gas grill and TV/VCR/DVD. Everything a couple needs for a wonderful, relaxing and romantic getaway. This package also includes gift certificates to Miss Lily’s Cafe, Riverstone Restaurant and a gift-basket from The Market. Additional surprises will be included with this package as well.

Tickets are almost sold out for the Gala. For more information on the Gala, the auction or to purchase the $100 ticket, contact Barbara Jenkins, MCSF executive director, at 865-982-7121 or

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