Maryville City Schools Foundation

Supporting the ongoing enrichment of educational programs for all students in Maryville City Schools.

Operating as usual


Don't forget to sign up for ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

We are so excited for our annual event to support Maryville City Schools!

Photos from Maryville City Schools Foundation's post 08/07/2023

Maryville City Schools is ๐Ÿ“š

We hope everyone had a great first week of school! ๐ŸŒŸ


Our annual event is happening this year on Saturday, September 23rd and the sign up is now LIVE! ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Join us for our 1 mile run, 5k, or 10k to show your support for Maryville City Schools! ๐ŸŒŸ


Next week all students at Maryville City Schools will be ! ๐Ÿ“Œ

Students- enjoy the last few days of your summer break and come ready to begin the 2023-2024 school year! ๐Ÿ™Œ


The Class of 2024 are getting their taken this week! ๐ŸŽ“

We cannot wait to see how these seniors excel in their final year of high school. ๐ŸŒŸ



Join us at Maryville High School on Saturday, September 23rd for our annual event! ๐ŸŒŸ

Photos from Maryville City Schools Foundation's post 06/26/2023

End of the year recap โญ๏ธ

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the Maryville City Schools Foundation throughout this past year! We could not be more thankful for the support of our community, and could not be more proud of what we accomplished.

Check out the link below to view the full report! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ



Monday ๐ŸŒŸ

Here's a little bit about our Chair, David Dawson!

David Dawson is a Maryvillian thru and thru. Born at Blount Memorial Hospital, David attended St. Andrews Day school, Sam Houston, Fort Craig, Maryville Middle, Maryville High, and Maryville Collegeโ€ฆthen went to work at Blount Memorial Hospital. David is now employed at Pilot Company in Knoxville where he works as an IT Director. David hopes that his time on the board will somehow help Maryville City Schools to continue to provide the same high level of education that he experienced โค๏ธ

Photos from Maryville City Schools Foundation's post 06/12/2023

THROWBACK to our annual Starlight Gala โœจโค๏ธ Such a fun night for our Maryville community!


Kandi- we canโ€™t thank you enough for all you do for Maryville City Schools Foundation! You have stepped in and invested so much time and energy into helping our community and it hasnโ€™t gone unnoticed! ๐ŸŒŸ

Photos from Maryville City Schools Foundation's post 05/22/2023

Some highlights from the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL 2023! โ˜€๏ธ

We hope everyone has a safe and fun summer!


Last night Sam Houston Elementary School held their annual "Third Grade Graduation" ceremony to honor these Smokies and congratulate them for completing their final year in Elementary school!

Way to go third-graders! ๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ“


Congratulations Class of 2023! ๐ŸŽ“

- MHS Seniors will graduate this Friday, May 12!

MCSF wishes you the best in all of your endeavors upon leaving Maryville City Schools!


Students and faculty- there are only 18 days of school until Summer break! โ˜€๏ธ

You can do it! Finish just as strongly as you've been all year! ๐Ÿ’ช


It's testing week in Maryville City! ๐Ÿ“

We are nearing the end of this school year, and we could not be more proud of our student's achievements, both in and out of the classroom! ๐ŸŒŸ


Grants on grants on grants! ๐Ÿ’ฐ

We are so excited to announce that Foothills Elementary, Montgomery Ridge, and Maryville Academy received a total of $25,938 in grant funds! These grants are essential in enriching the lives of students at our schools.

We are so grateful to be able to support the MCS community because of your generosity! ๐Ÿ‘

Photos from Maryville City Schools Foundation's post 04/10/2023

Starlight Gala Foundation Partnership Award Recipients: Steve and Vallie Collins ๐ŸŒŸ

Steve and Vallie Collins have been huge supporters of Maryville City Schools for numerous years and continuously pour into the community! They have sent three children through MCS, they have served on MCSF Board & Chair for a combined 10 years, they have volunteered at Miles for Maryville, and serve in the schools as Vallie has been a reading buddy at Sam Houston Elementary for 5 years.

โ€” Steve and Vallie are extremely generous to Maryville City Schools and the Foundation and choose to make an impact in our community every day!

Thank you, Collins Family! ๐ŸŒŸ

Photos from Maryville City Schools Foundation's post 04/03/2023

Starlight Gala Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Cathy Cate๐ŸŒŸ

Mrs. Cathy Cate is a Maryville High School class of 1987 graduate and she furthered her education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She went on to be part of the team at Lipscomb university that created the first statewide leadership program in Tennessee; Cathy was named the program's Executive Director, and is truly what starlight is all about. Cathy Cate is dependable, constant, and present and all who know her sing her praises.

Thank you, Cathy! ๐ŸŒŸ

Photos from Maryville City Schools Foundation's post 03/27/2023

Starlight Gala Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Shane Archer๐ŸŒŸ

Mr. Shane Archer is a Maryville High School class of 2006 graduate and attended Ruben Allen College of Cosmetology and graduated in 2007. Shane opened his prestigious salon, Grow Knoxville, in 2015. He is also currently a Tennessee School of Beauty Cosmetology educator, Kevin Murphy and Lโ€™ANZA educator, and Barbizon modeling educator. Shane is highly involved in several local charitable associations including The Office on Aging Senior Companion Program, The Wesley House Community Center, The Butterfly Fund for Childhood Cancer, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, East Tennessee Childrenโ€™s Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, and serves as a mentor for the Tennessee School of Beauty students.

โ€” Shane is an excellent example that anyone can succeed if they work hard, do what they love, and take the time to give back to those in need.

Thank you, Shane! ๐ŸŒŸ

Photos from Maryville City Schools Foundation's post 03/20/2023

Starlight Gala Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Joe Costner ๐ŸŒŸ

Mr. Joe Costner is a Maryville High School class of 1969 graduate and went on to play football at Maryville College where he became an All American quarterback. He attended the University of Memphis Law School in pursuit of becoming an attorney. In February of 2022, Mr. Costner was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, where membership is only awarded to the top 1% of trial attorneys with high ethical and moral standards as well as excellent character.

โ€” His most notable contribution continues to be his never ending willingness to serve residents of Blount County without charging a fee. Joe Costner dedicates his time and his staff to finding the best possible solution no matter what.

Thank you, Joe! ๐ŸŒŸ


Relive Starlight 2023! ๐ŸŒŸ

We cannot stress enough how grateful we are for everyone who made the evening come together. $207,300!

Photos from Maryville City Schools Foundation's post 03/08/2023


Enjoy these highlights from our record-breaking event!

We hope you had a blast this weekend and we already are counting down the days until Starlight Gala 2024!


Starlight Gala 2023 was a success! We are so grateful to serve in such a wonderful community.๐ŸŒŸ

ICYMI: Our RECORD-BREAKING evening was kicked off with this video from our new ED, Kevin Tubbs.

More photos and videos of the evening coming soon! ๐Ÿ“ธ

Photos from Grow Knoxville - A Shane Archer Concept Salon's post 03/04/2023

Honored to capture the heart of this award recipient last night, because he sure did steal our hearts! Thank you, Grow Knoxville - A Shane Archer Concept Salon and !!


$207,300!!!! To our sponsors, attendees, donors, award recipients, silent auction and live auction committees, silent auction winners, live auction heroes, emcees, board members, friends, administrators, teachers, producers, photographers, directors, centerpiece crafters, national honors society students, and many, many more, THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS!!

Last night was a perfect reflection of the dedication, support, and character that make Maryville City Schools and the community that surrounds us the best of the best! We. Are. Maryville! And we love setting records!! Cheers to the 20th anniversary of the Starlight Gala and making it into the $200k club!

Photos from Maryville City Schools Foundation's post 03/03/2023

We are celebrating 20 years of the Starlight Gala this evening alongside our awards partner of 20 years, and Monica Gawet! Thank you, Monica, for serving our foundation and award recipients year after year with a gorgeous award made with our precious Tennessee marble. Beautiful treasures!


We are watching the weather closely, but Starlight Gala cocktail hour will still begin at 5:30 at the Hilton followed by dinner at 7:30. Use your best judgement for travel, and we will see you soon!

**Any changes or updates will be posted to our social media!


The 2023 Starlight Gala is generously sponsored by our presenting sponsor, Denso, and our supernova sponsors, Clayton Homes and Pilot Corporation!

Thank you for partnering with MCSF and joining us on our mission to impact ALL students Maryville City Schools!

Photos from Maryville City Schools Foundation's post 03/02/2023

This year our live auction team knocked it out of the park!!! Our auction packages are FILLED with exclusive experiences, beautiful items, fun adventures, and hard to find collectibles! We cannot wait to witness what will be an unforgettable live auction tomorrow night!

Photos from Maryville City Schools Foundation's post 03/01/2023

McQueen Pottery, you are a Maryville treasure!! Thank you for your generosity again this year!

These gorgeous, multi-use crocks will be featured at this yearโ€™s Starlight Gala! Use it as a utensil holder, vase, wine chiller, or whatever you dream up! These gorgeous crocks are for sale on our bidding site! Quantities are limited, so purchase early!


Live auction package previews are now posted! We set a new record this year for EXCLUSIVE packages! They are incredible! Check them out!!

*You must be present at Starlight Gala to bid. Click the link in our bio or visit to view!


SILENT AUCTION IS LIVE AND OPEN FOR BIDDING!! The Starlight Gala Silent Auction is open to the public!

Photos from Maryville City Schools Foundation's post 02/23/2023

Trends you should try: Sponsor and/or Attend Starlight Gala AND participate in silent auction!
Join us to celebrate our schools, honor four inspiring award recipients, learn more about the future of MCS, experience the excitement of a live auction and auctioneer, and raise money for our kids! You wonโ€™t be disappointed!

Last call for sponsorship is today! Contact Debbie Green ([email protected]) or Kevin Tubbs ([email protected]) to inquire!

Tickets can be purchased by visiting our website and following the link!

Photos from Maryville City Schools Foundation's post 02/22/2023

Our Silent Auction Committee graciously donated their time and effort for their schools to present some incredible items and experiences for the silent auction this year!! We are so grateful for their willingness to help! Thank you!!!

Donโ€™t miss the silent auction preview before it goes live this Friday at noon! Link in bio or visit


The 2023 Starlight Gala silent auction package PREVIEW is live on greater giving! Several packages from each school will have โ€œbuy it nowโ€ options once the silent auction officially opens for bidding on Friday, February 24 at NOON, so make sure you check out all items before Friday!

๐ŸŒŸThe silent auction is open to the public! Attendance to the gala is not required to participate in the silent auction.
๐ŸŒŸAll money made from each package goes directly back to the school offering the package. MCSF matches earnings from each school up to $5,000!
๐ŸŒŸSet your alarms from Friday, February 24 at noon!

Photos from Maryville City Schools Foundation's post 02/16/2023

Allow us to introduce the Starlight Award recipients for 2023! We hope you join us to congratulate and thank these outstanding individuals on March 3 during the Starlight Gala!

Shane, Cathy, Vallie, Steve, and Joe, thank you for making your marks on Maryville City Schools and our community! ๐ŸŒŸ


Purchase your tickets, tables or sponsorships NOW for the 2023 Starlight Gala! Join us for a night of fun and fundraising as we honor our incredible 2023 Starlight Award recipients and celebrate the continued success of Maryville City Schools!

๐ŸŒŸLast day to purchase tickets or tables is February 27! Click the link in our bio or visit our website ( to secure your spot with us on Friday, March 3, 2023!!


๐ŸŒŸWho could use an extra $1000?!๐ŸŒŸ

Support the Childrenโ€™s Fund by purchasing raffle tickets! 1 ticket for $25 or 5 for $100. Drawing will take place during the Starlight Gala, but you DO NOT have to be present at the gala to win!

๐ŸŒŸOur family resource center is a vital asset for so many students in Maryville City Schools. ALL proceeds from the raffle go directly to the Childrenโ€™s Fund and will be used for eye exams, glasses, food, clothing, homework assistance, utility bills, rent, and much more to help our families in need. Your support means so much! Link for ticket purchase is in our bio!



Weโ€™re bringing it back to Blount County! Join us on Friday, March 3 for the 25th anniversary of the annual Starlight Gala!

๐Ÿน Massey Hangar (5:30)
๐Ÿ“ The Airport Hilton (7:30)
๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Friday, March 3rd

Your night begins with a cocktail hour and SILENT AUCTION at the beautiful Massey Hangar. From there, our bus service will es**rt your party over to the Hilton for the main ceremony with an awards presentation and LIVE AUCTION! ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

2023 Award Recipients:
๐Ÿ† Shane Archer (โ€˜06)
๐Ÿ† Cathy Cate (โ€˜87)
๐Ÿ† Joe Costner (โ€˜69)
๐Ÿ† Vallie & Steve Collins

Maryville folks, you do not want to miss one of the biggest nights of the year! Get your tickets today!



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402 Melrose Street
Maryville, TN

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
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