Dr. and Mrs. G. Mark Cramolini present

The 14th Annual Knoxville Croquet Tournament

Knoxville Opera Guild invites you to a benefit for Knoxville Opera on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at UT RecSports Fields on Sutherland Avenue.

Please register for the tournament on or before May 15, 2018.

We are excited to continue our 40th Anniversary Season and announce our annual spring croquet tournament. Sunday, May 20, 2018 will be the 14th year of this landmark event which serves as one of Knoxville Opera Guild’s largest annual fundraisers, helping us to bring live opera to nearly 100,000 East Tennesseans, as well as approximately 100 education and community outreach performances including our celebrated in-school productions, Knoxville Opera Goes to Church, and the widely-popular Rossini Festival. UT has wonderful facilities, and the grass is in super condition. We play a rapid form of croquet, perfect for novices and social players.  It requires no experience and is lots of fun.  Ask a friend to participate – make a party of it!

The sponsorship/support options and benefits are:

Sponsorships: Be an event sponsor at any level between $500 and $5,000. You will be recognized in the event program, and if you commit before March 28, you will be listed in the invitation

Silent or Live Auction items: Businesses and individuals can donate retail or personal items, gift cards, or experiences.  The auction donation form is below.
Click here to download the 2018 Silent/Live Auction donation form

Presenting Sponsor – $10,000 (one ten-top table) – Dr. & Mrs. G. Mark Cramolini

  • Table signage with company or individual name;
  • Special dinner with the Maestro
  • 20 drink tickets for complimentary beverages for your guests
  • 4 tickets to an opera in the 1819 Season
  • Rare 24”x36” Turandot AND Aida poster autographed by the principal cast
  • Listing in the croquet tournament program
  • Recognition from the stage
  • Listing on the invitation (if committed by March 28)

Platinum Benefactor – $5,000 (one eight-top table) – Brittany & Whitfield Bailey, Audrey Duncan

  • Eight tickets to the Tournament
  • Table signage with company or individual name
  • Special brunch with the Maestro
  • 16 drink tickets for complimentary beverages for your guests
  • Four tickets to an opera in the 1819 Season
  • Rare 24”x36” Aida poster autographed by the principal cast
  • Listing in the croquet tournament program
  • Recognition from the stage
  • Listing on the invitation (if committed by March 28)

Gold Benefactor – $2,500 – Townes Osborne & Robert Marquis

  • Six tickets to the Tournament
  • 12 drink tickets for complimentary beverages for your guests
  • Two tickets to an opera in the 1819 Season
  • Listing in the croquet tournament program
  • Recognition from the stage
  • Listing on the invitation (if committed by March 28)

Silver Benefactor – $1,000 – Peter Acly & Ellen Robinson, David & Kelly Bratcher, Lisa Carroll, Ellenburg Landscaping & Nursery, Pinnacle Financial, Diana & Brian Salesky, Dorothy & Caesar Stair, The Trust Company

  • Four tickets to the Tournament
  • Listing in the croquet tournament program
  • Listing on the invitation (if committed by March 28)

Patron Benefactor – $500 – Kay Clayton, Phyllis & Ely Driver, Lane Hays, Cathy & Mark Hill, Steve Larimer Knox Realty, Ralph & Linda Norman, Leslie & Ken Parent

  • Two tickets to the Tournament
  • Listing in the croquet tournament program
  • Listing on the invitation (if committed by March 28)

Event Features:

  • Playing Croquet on the Green*
  • Gourmet Brunch under the Great Tent
  • High Tea and Champagne with Strawberries & Cream
  • Trophies for Croquet Tournament & Vintage Costume Contest
  • Competition for the Knoxville Arts Challenge Cup
  • Awards
  • Bocce Game
  • Vintage Autos

Croquet Tournament Details

We will be playing a shortened version of croquet, an easy-to-learn variation of the game we all love.  Two-player teams proceed through up to five wickets; no experience is necessary.  The first team to score three wickets wins! There will be a court captain at each court who will give instructions, organize the game, and answer any questions.  Games typically run around 20 minutes – it’s fast-paced and lots of fun!  Additional excitement will mark the awarding of the Knoxville Arts Challenge Cup.  Cheer on the heads of Knoxville Opera, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Museum of Art, and Clarence Brown Theatre, as they compete for Knoxville’s most prestigious croquet award!

Tournament Options:

  1. Play in the tournament alone (We will pair you with a partner!)
  2. Play in the tournament by signing up with a partner.
  3. Enjoy the day’s events without playing in the tournament.

Schedule of Events

Registration: Starts at 10:30 AM

Knoxville Arts Challenge Cup*: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Gourmet Brunch: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Croquet Tournament Play: 12:30 PM until winners are determined

Champagne High Tea with strawberries and cream: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (winners of vintage costume contest announced)

Awards Ceremony: At the conclusion of play

Cash Bar all day.

Location: UT RecSports Fields on Sutherland Avenue

Attire

Traditional White Sports or Old World Elegant attire is encouraged.  For example, women might wear a long dress with garden party hat and men might be seen in turn-of-the-century whites.

*The directors of Knoxville Opera, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Museum of Art, and Clarence Brown Theatre compete for Knoxville’s most prestigious croquet award.

Registration

Date/Time: May 20, 2018 from 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Location: UT RecSports fields on Sutherland Avenue
Tickets: $100

For more information, contact Marie Butler: 865-524-0795 x1

If you intend to play in the tournament, please register below on or before May 15th. If you’d like to come and/or play, please call 865-524-0795 x1 before 5:00 PM Wednesday the 16th or arrive at the location on May 20th between 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM to sign up at registration.  We’ll see you on the courts!  To complete your registration, you may also mail a check made payable to Knoxville Opera Guild.  Please write “Croquet Tournament” on the check and mail to:

Knoxville Opera Guild
612 E. Depot Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917

Please use the paypal link to reserve your tickets to the Knoxville Croquet Tournament.
If you have questions, please contact Marie Butler at 865-524-0795 x1

Note: We have now sold out all our tickets to the 2018 Croquet Tournament. Thank you for your support.

for more information on Knoxville Opera Guild or our activities, please email guildinfo@knoxvilleopera.com

Arts Challenge Cup Competitors: with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra – Kent Farris, Peter Acly; with Knoxville Opera – Townes Lavidge Osborn, Brian Salesky; with Clarence Brown Theatre – Cal MacLean, Brooks Clark; with Knoxville Museum of Art – L. Caesar Stair IV, David Butler

Arts Challenge Cup winners from Clarence Brown Theatre – Brooks Clark, Ralph Norman Co-Chair, Cal MacLean

Costume Contest winners and runners-up – Rosina Guerra, Dr. G. Mark Cramolini, Colleen Scott, Ralph Norman

13th Annual Knoxville Croquet tournament winners – Kimbro Maguire, Penny Lynch, Audrey Duncan Co-Chair, Ralph Norman Co-Chair, runners-up Billy Smiddy, Tyler Kress