April 30, 2020 


We Love Chattanooga Auction opens tomorrow to support area businesses 

WHAT:             The Chattanooga Tourism Co. in partnership with River City Company are launching the We Love Chattanooga Auction to help Hamilton County residents and businesses impacted by COVID-19 and recent tornadoes. Anyone can bid on gift cards to restaurants, hotel packages, artwork, outdoor tours and other goods and services. 100% of sales go back directly to support local businesses. In addition, bidders/buyers can donate directly United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s Restore Hope fund for COVID-19 relief, and a portion of sales from the Chattanooga T-shirt auction item will go toward tornado relief.  

WHO:               Restaurants, hotels, artists, attractions and other businesses 

WHEN:             Friday, May 1 – Tuesday, May 12, 2020 


WHY:                Nearly one third of Chattanooga area businesses are hospitality and tourism-related, which includes retail, food, transportation, accommodations, arts and entertainment. These businesses have lost revenue during the pandemic and shut down/shelter-in-place mandates. The goal of the auction is to be one source of additional funds for businesses impacted by the pandemic and tornadoes. 


About the Chattanooga Tourism Co. 

The Chattanooga Tourism Co. promotes and develops visitor experiences for our community’s economic and social prosperity. Chattanooga has been named one of 10 Best Small Cities in the U.S. in Conde Nast Traveler, a 2019 Top 100 Best Places to Live by Livability and one of 7 Rising U.S. Cities that Should be on Your 2019 Bucket List by TripAdvisor. 

NOTE TO MEDIA: Photo graphic and auction site screenshot are available for download here.