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8th Annual ETCDC 500 Block of Gay Street Fundraiser Continues to be a Hit

8th Annual ETCDC 500 Block of Gay Street Fundraiser Continues to be a Hit

June 16, 2010

Chuck Morris
Morris Creative Group LLC
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“This is our largest fundraiser of the year,” said David Watson, executive director of ETCDC. “Knoxville has really come to love and support this event, and we really enjoy doing it. It gives people a real sense of what it means to live, work and play downtown, and that’s what ETCDC is all about: community.”

ETCDC’s development director, Kathy Proctor, continued, “When you come downtown to see a movie or go to a restaurant you have one level of experience, but when you can see someone’s living space, that’s like having a backstage pass.”

The event begins at 5:00pm at the Knoxville Downtown Design Studio, 500 Gay Street, with drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. At 6:00pm, there will be a short program, followed by exclusive tours of residences and businesses on the 400 and 500 blocks of Gay Street. Tickets are $45 and may be purchased online at or by calling 865-525-9945.

About East Tennessee Community Design Center

Now in its 40th year, ETCDC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to make East Tennessee a better place to live and work by bringing professional design and planning assistance to communities and organizations lacking resources. The Community Design Center offers its services through the pro bono contributions of area architects, landscape architects, planners and other professionals.

The East Tennessee Community Design Center has been in existence since 1969, when Bruce McCarty, then the President of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), visited the community design center in Philadelphia. Bruce returned to “pitch the idea” to some 40 local professionals that Knoxville, too, was in need of a community design center.

On July 1, 1970 ETCDC was incorporated for one purpose: to bring professional design and planning services to not-for-profit groups and agencies that lack the resources to pay for the service. ETCDC has assisted in a diverse range of projects, from traffic calming in neighborhoods to planning for Knoxville’s new urban wilderness. For more information, please visit