ChattState Dinner of Firsts Set For October 17


The Chattanooga State Foundation presents the second annual Dinner of Firsts at the Chattanoogan on Thursday, October 17. A reception will start at 6:00 p.m., while the dinner and program begin at 7:00 p.m. This year’s roast will honor Grady Williams, a well-known and respected philanthropist, volunteer and businessman. Many ChattState students are first-generation college students. One of six children, Mr. Williams was the first in his family to go to college. Led by a passion to help others, he has successfully led many community organizations in their fundraising efforts.

Event chair Leonard Fant along with Patsy Hazlewood, Tom Edd Wilson, Sonia Young, Craig Holley and Fletcher Bright will “roast” Mr. Williams during this fun-filled evening.

Proceeds from the event fund First-In-The-Family Scholarships. More than 40 sponsors representing the business sector, and individuals, are supporting this event with a record number of reservations. All sponsor tables have sold out, but a limited number of individual tickets remain.

For the 2012-2013 academic year, twelve deserving students received a First-In-The-Family Scholarship. The Foundation hopes to raise more than $60,000 for this special scholarship fund and double the number of scholarship awards next year with proceeds from the Dinner of Firsts 2013. More than 80 percent of ChattState students apply for financial aid and approximately 43 percent of them are the first in their family to attend college.

For more information about the Dinner of Firsts or the Chattanooga State Foundation, please contact Tammy Sawyers, director of development, at 423.697.3359. Online, please see