Laura J. Kress Angel Tree Fund of East Tennessee Foundation Announces Grant Recipients 

December 02, 2020

East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) announces grant recipients from the Laura J. Kress Angel Tree Fund of East Tennessee Foundation. Seventeen (17) grants totaling $102,800 were awarded to nonprofit organizations that will fill 2020 Holiday wishes for children-in-need in nine of East Tennessee’s most rural counties. 

The Laura J. Kress Angel Tree Fund (Angel Tree) was established at East Tennessee Foundation in June 2019 in honor and in memory of Laura J. Kress, founder of the Angel Tree, who passed away earlier that year. Forty-five years ago, Laura J. Kress joined members of the West Knoxville Business and Professional Women’s Club to bring Christmas to dozens of children in need. With her leadership, the Angel Tree has helped grant more than 725,000 Christmas wishes over four decades. Laura J. Kress' life-long passion and dedication to fulfill wishes for needy children in Tennessee during the Holiday Season will continue to provide gifts for East Tennessee’s children in need with grants from this fund. 

Grants from the Laura J. Kress Angel Tree Fund have been awarded to the following organizations: Appalachian Life Quality Initiative; Bean Station Elementary School; Community Health of East Tennessee; Douglas Cherokee Economic Authority; Joppa Elementary School; Mission of Hope, Inc.; Of One Accord, Inc.; Oneida Special School District; Pearls of Grace, Inc. TheCore Youth Leadership; Rutledge Elementary School; Somebody Loves Me, Inc.(two grants); Telamon Corporation; Union County Children’s Charity; Union County Schools; Washburn School; and Woodland Community Development Corp. 

For more information, please contact Jan Elston, Vice President for Competitive Grant Programs, by phone at (865) 524-1223, toll-free at (877) 524-1223, or by email at