Dinner of Firsts

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Celebrating “Firsts” is always fun! Save the date and make plans to attend Chattanooga State Foundation’s Dinner of Firsts on Thursday evening, November 29th, 2018, at The Chattanoogan. The Dinner of Firsts is our signature “FUNdraising” event with a toast and roast honoring a community leader who is the first in their family to attend college.

This seventh annual dinner event will honor local community leader David Wade with Reggie Piercy serving as Event Chair. In addition to being a first generation college student, David is a Chattanooga State graduate and the President & CEO of EPB of Chattanooga. Those roasting David include Todd Crawford, Joe Ferguson, Richard Rogers, Steve Rogers, Justin Wade, and Aaron Webb. Jed Mescon will once again serve as our Master of Ceremonies.

We are honored to have Jeff Jackson, Market President of First Tennessee Bank along with Greg Vital, President and CEO of Independent Healthcare Properties & Morning Pointe, as our presenting sponsors and evening co-hosts.

Proceeds from the event fund scholarships for first-generation students and are divided equally between the annual First in the Family Scholarship and the Tom Edd Wilson First in the Family Endowed Scholarship. Nearly half of our students that apply for financial aid are the first in their families to attend college. Earnings from the first six years have provided more than $340,000 in scholarship support for first-generation students.

For more information on sponsorship levels and tables for Dinner of Firsts 2018, please contact Tammy at (423)697-3359 or email tammy.sawyers@chattanoogastate.edu. You may reserve your table by filling out the Reservation Form and sending it in.

Sponsorship Levels

  • Presidential:  $5,000.00. Full-page recognition ad in the program, social media recognition, company or individual listed on large screens and sponsor boards at the event, and one table with prime seating for 8.
  • Summa Cum Laude:  $2,500.00. Half-page recognition ad in the program, social media recognition, listing on all sponsor boards on display at the event, and one table with priority seating for 8.
  • Magna Cum Laude:  $2,000.00. Quarter-page recognition ad in the program, listing on all sponsor boards on display at the event, and one table with preferred seating for 8.
  • Cum Laude:  $1,200.00. Listing in the program and one table with seating for 8.