CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Make a toast to the 25th Anniversary of the Tennessee Aquarium during “Spring!,” a unique dinner and social gathering 6 p.m. April 27 on the Walnut Street Bridge.
This locale offers attendees a symbolic perspective on the vibrant development the Tennessee Aquarium was instrumental in bringing about.
In the 25 years since its signature glass peaks rose above the banks of the Tennessee River, the Tennessee Aquarium has served as the epicenter of Chattanooga’s downtown renaissance.
Since opening on May 1, 1992, more than 22 million people from all over the world have visited the Tennessee Aquarium, fueling billions of dollars in economic impact. Even as it established itself and Chattanooga as tourist destinations, however, the Tennessee Aquarium also pursued research and conservation programs to better understand and preserve the unparalleled biologic diversity of the Southeast’s waterways.
The celebration begins with a cocktail reception featuring local artists and musicians near the span’s southern entrance. During the reception, guests can enjoy wine, Chattanooga Whiskey-based cocktails and Aquarium Amber Ale, a beer specially prepared by Big River Grille and Brewing Works.
Attendees will be seated together at a massive 480-foot-long dining board comprised of 60 individual tables laid end to end at 7p.m. Here, they will be served entrees prepared by Walnut Hill Catering.
Guests will enjoy a dessert of decadent chocolates from Rembrandt’s Coffee House at 8 p.m. and raise their glasses in a toast to the visionaries who supported the dream of an aquarium and the tremendous impact it made in its first 25 years.
Throughout the celebration, guests will enjoy unobstructed views of the downtown skyline with the Tennessee Aquarium’s iconic silhouette at its center. The evening’s atmosphere of camaraderie and this picturesque backdrop serve as symbolic reminders of the community support that brought the Tennessee Aquarium into being and the monumental civic growth it fueled.
Tickets for “Spring!” are $150 per person or $1,200 per eight-person table. VIP packages are $4,000 and include priority seating, complimentary parking and special tickets to see the new Lemur Forest exhibit. Proceeds from the event will be invested in future exhibits and support the Tennessee Aquarium’s ongoing education and conservation programs.
To purchase tickets for the “Spring!” event, call 423-785-4067 or visit www.tnaqua.org/spring.
The Tennessee Aquarium is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring wonder, appreciation and protection of water and the life that it sustains. Regarded for its expertise in animal care, top-ranked guest satisfaction and award-winning education programs, the Aquarium has been continuously accredited by both the Association for Zoos and Aquariums and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information about how the Tennessee Aquarium positively impacts our community, visit http://www.tnaqua.org/about-us/community-impact.