Town Talk

Town Talk

October 29th, 2012 by Karen Nazor Hill in Life Entertainment

"In this world, you must be a bit too kind in order to be kind enough."

- Pierre Marivaux


THE CHATTANOOGA History Center will honor the late Mose and Garrison Siskin during its seventh annual History Makers Award luncheon Nov. 7 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available by calling 265-3247.


THE NATIONAL Philanthropy Day luncheon will be Nov. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

"National Philanthropy Day is the day we recognize and pay tribute to the contributions that philanthropy and philanthropists have made to our great city," said Susan Robinson, president of the organization's Southeastern Tennessee Chapter. "Each of our honorees has chosen to make a difference in Chattanooga by getting involved and keeping the spirit of civic betterment alive and strong."

This is an annual event, said event spokeswoman Dawn Weber.

"We've been recognizing local philanthropists and community leaders for more than 25 years," she said. "We accept nominations for the awards from the general public and our members."

There are about 75 members in the local chapter, Weber said. "We meet monthly for training sessions that help foster development and growth of fundraising professionals and promote high ethical standards in the fundraising profession," she said. "These sessions are open to the public. We encourage anyone interested in learning more about fundraising to attend."

Those being honored at the luncheon include Clif and Ruzha Cleaveland, Mark, Christine, Madison and McCall Waldrop and Starkey Printing.

The Cleavelands have committed long-time service to area nonprofit organizations and consider themselves fortunate to be citizen-participants in the remarkable transformation of the Chattanooga area, Weber said in a news release.

"They have expressed their gratitude to the community by demonstrating exceptional leadership skills in coordinating and motivating volunteers for fundraising projects," she said.

The Waldrops are involved in educational and medical issues, Weber said, explaining the family offered "exceptional generosity during devastating tornadoes in their community encouraging others to follow their example."

Starkey Printing, founded in 1934, is being honored for demonstrating an "outstanding spirit and commitment to build ing a better community," Weber said. "By taking an active role in ensuring area nonprofits can fulfill their printing needs, Starkey sets the standard for other corporate support in Chattanooga."

More than 400 people are expected to attend the event that will feature Maury Nicely as emcee. Call 468-1122 or e-mail to make reservations.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals represents 30,000 fundraisers in more than 222 chapters throughout the world. The Southeastern Tennessee Chapter, which represents close to 75 fundraisers, fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. For more information visit