Parton offers overnight stay at private home for auction

Dolly Parton greets fans during her visit to Dollywood Thursday, May 7, 2009.

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Dolly Parton greets fans during her visit to Dollywood Thursday, May 7, 2009.

Dolly Parton greets fans during her visit to Dollywood Thursday, May 7, 2009.

Photo by Adam Brimer

Dolly Parton greets fans during her visit to Dollywood Thursday, May 7, 2009.

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Ever imagined waking up to Dolly Parton fixing your breakfast?

One Parton fan will get the chance to attend a barbecue at Parton's home, tour Parton's private residence, spend the night in Parton's guest cottage, and wake up to a meal prepared and served by Parton herself.

The evening at Parton's digs will be one of the items up for auction at the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation's annual Evening of Elegance fundraiser, which will be held 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Mills Auditorium in Gatlinburg. The event will include both a silent and live auction, with the Parton package as the highlight of the live auction.

The Parton package is called "5 to 9" in a play on Parton's song, movie and Broadway play "9 to 5." The auction's high bidder and 10 guests will arrive at Parton's home at 5 p.m. one evening, and Parton will serve the high bidder and one guest breakfast at 9 a.m. the next morning.

Tickets to the event are $200 per person. Other items on the block will be an Aliner Classic Camper; trips to Banff and Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies, New York City, San Francisco and Sonoma, Calif.; and a strand of cultured pearls.

The Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation was founded in 1983 to expand the quality of health care in Sevier County. Part of the foundation's current goal is funding the construction of the new Mount LeConte Medical Center, scheduled to open in 2010. The foundation was named in honor of the longtime Sevier County doctor who delivered Parton and many other children born in Sevier County during his lifetime.

To purchase tickets to the auction, contact Amy Kingery at 865-429-6715.

Wayne Bledsoe may be reached at 865-342-6444.

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Comments » 2

CER1940 writes:

Another selfless act by a great lady for public good. Sorry it is a little over my means to participate as I would love to share a BBQ or breakfast with this class person.
CER

Cheyebear writes:

I agree--this would be such a fabulous treat! Whoever wins this is really in for a wonderful time! Dolly is a truly great soul.

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