Keep Knoxville Beautiful to Host 36th Annual Orchid Awards

On Tuesday February 20, 2018, Keep Knoxville Beautiful will host the annual Orchids Beautification Awards at The Standard, 416 West Jackson Avenue, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Thursday, February 15th.

From 6:00 until 7:00, there will be a reception with complimentary beer and wine provided by Balter Beerworks and Elkmont Exchange as well as cocktails available for purchase from Post Modern Spirits. During the reception, guests may bid on a print of the “Big Rock Candy Mountain” mural Keep Knoxville Beautiful and Scripps Network Interactive completed last fall. Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s three goals to promote a “cleaner, greener, more beautiful Knoxville” will be highlighted by a photo-booth, a beer garden, and recycled artwork from New Hopewell Elementary School. Guests will enjoy live music by the Old City Buskers.

The ceremony and dinner will begin at 7:00 and will be emceed by Dino Cartwright of WVLT. Keep Knoxville Beautiful will announce its next Community of the Year, the area of Knox County where it will focus the majority of its efforts during the 2018-19 year.

Erin Gill, Sustainability Director for the City of Knoxville will be the night’s guest speaker.

City of Knoxville Public Service Director, Chad Weth, will present the second Felicia Harris Hoehne Award. Dino will present the Orchids Awards to a winner from each of the following six categories: Redesign/Reuse, Outdoor Space, New Architecture, Public Art, Restaurant/Café/Bar/Brewery, and Environmental Stewardship. Finally, Tim Wheeler, a former president and former board member of Keep Knoxville Beautiful, will close the night by presenting the Mary Lou Horner Award to a previous Orchid winner that has been improved or remains “orchid-worthy.”  A list of all nominees can be found at

The deadline for purchasing tickets is Thursday, February 15th. Individual tickets are $85 each and tables for 10 are $750. Tickets can be purchased at

All proceeds benefit Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s programs.

About Keep Knoxville Beautiful

Founded in 1978 to help “clean up” prior to the 1982 World’s Fair, Keep Knoxville Beautiful is a local non-profit with a mission to promote a cleaner, greener, and more beautiful community. We pursue this by:

  • Educating students and the public about waste-prevention, litter, recycling, and environmental stewardship
  • Facilitating and supporting litter pickups that make our roads and local waterways cleaner
  • Creating and protecting murals and hosting beautification mobs to make Knoxville a more beautiful and interesting place to live and visit

During 2017, we

  • Facilitated or supported 59 litter pickups
  • Collected 57,515 pounds of litter
  • Planted 20,000+ daffodil and tulip bulbs
  • Planted 101 trees
  • Reached 1,507 kids with our presentations
  • Used our recycling trailer and recycling bins to provide recycling for 8 events
  • Worked with 1,36volunteers
  • Facilitated 5,206 volunteer hours

To learn more about Keep Knoxville Beautiful, visit

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