Morgan County Non-Profits

On Oct. 9 and 10, Compass conducted Pistols at the Prison, a gun show and live auction at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, a historic former prison located in Morgan County, Tennessee. The proceeds from two Dawn of Defense rifles featured in Pistols at the Prison went to two different non-profit organizations located in Morgan County. Brushy Mountain designated MoCo Mutts Rescue Center as its chosen charity, while Compass chose the Morgan County STEM Program as its beneficiary.

MoCo Mutts Rescue Center

MoCo Mutts was founded in 2018 by its current President, Lisa Hill, after her and her husband Jeff moved to Sunbright, Tennessee from Washington State. Morgan county lacked an animal shelter and animal control services at the time, motivating Hill to create MoCo Mutts to fill a void in her new community.

“Since 2018, MoCo Mutts has helped over 1,000 dogs and puppies with medical care, sanctuary housing, fostering and adoption. We see firsthand the horror that many of these animals encounter every day,” says the MoCo Mutts official About Us page. “We are a small non-profit trying to make a big impact in an area with few resources, but we believe that through caring and education we can change lives one wag at a time!”

Compass is proud to have taken part in raising funds to help support a great cause like MoCo Mutts, who cares for an average of 80 dogs and 40 cats every day.

Morgan County STEM

The Morgan County STEM program aims to develop education for local students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program aims to “not only engage students with real-world problem solving in the classroom but provides them with the opportunity to develop creative and critical thinking skills that will prepare them for post-secondary success,” according to the Tennessee Department of Education.

In 2020, Petros-Joyner Elementary, a school located in Morgan County, received a STEM designation from the Tennessee Department of Education. Compass is humbled to have been a partner in advancing educational programming in its home state of Tennessee and is excited to witness the future development of Morgan County Schools.

For more information on the MoCo Mutts Rescue Center, visit their official website. To learn more about the Morgan County STEM Program, visit the website for Morgan County Schools. For those interested in learning more about Brushy Mountain, visit

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Founded in 2010 and constantly growing, Compass is known for its weekly auctions working with corporations, municipalities, federal entities, and individual consignors, and for its hybrid auction platform for live and online bidding focusing on five primary categories: municipal surplus, vehicles, luxury goods, firearms, and real estate.

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