Dessert Auction

The annual dessert auction is held the Friday before Valentine’s Day during the normal Optimist Club lunch meeting (at noon at the Foundry on World’s Fair Site). This event is open to the public. The dessert auction is a silent auction with yummy sweets baked by the Optimist Club of Knoxville’s members. The 2023 event will be February 10, 2023.

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Cheese Sales

Annual cheese sales during the Christmas season has been one of the Optimist Club of Knoxville’s primary fundraisers for over 50 years. The cheese is supplied from the Ashe County Creamery in North Carolina and is sold by the Optimist Club Members. The Cheese Sales raise funds for not only for our youth programs, but also for our community programs.

If interested in purchasing cheese, please email


Wreaths Across America

Club members solicit donations to the Wreaths Across America program each year to not only raise funds for Club projects, but to help the Knoxville Lyons View Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans by laying Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes. This project is in support of the Vietnam Veterans of America Captain Bill Robinson Chapter 1078 and Wreaths Across America. In addition to tabling at local restaurants and grocery stores to solicit donations, club members also assist with wreath placement and removal during the season.

You can financially support the Wreaths Across America project anytime here.