Luncheon to honor Chattanooga's top philanthropists of 2013

Luncheon to honor Chattanooga's top philanthropists of 2013

September 20th, 2013 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

Chattem, Inc., CEO Zan Guerry

Chattem, Inc., CEO Zan Guerry

Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.


Who: The Southeast Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals

What: National Philanthropy Day award luncheon

When: Nov. 19 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: Chattanoogan Hotel Ballroom

Event sponsors: First Tennessee Bank, Playcore and Starkey Printing

Cost: Tickets are $40 per seat or $400 for a table of eight.

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Chattanooga's top philanthropists of 2013 will be honored on National Philanthropy Day, observed nationwide on Nov. 19.

"We are excited and honored to recognize these leaders in our community who have raised the bar on civic and charitable generosity and helped make Chattanooga what it is today," said Lynda LeVan, chairman of 2103 National Philanthropy Day, in a news release.

Honorees include:

• Jim and Amy Jo Osborn, Philanthropic Impact award

• Dr. Bill Stacy and Zan Guerry, Outstanding Philanthropist Volunteer of the Year

• Pete Cooper, Nonprofit Professional of the Year

• Anna Carroll, Youth in Philanthropy award

• The Chattanooga Times Free Press, Corporate Philanthropist of the Year

As founders of the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, the Osborns have dedicated their lives to enhancing the quality of life for children affected by the disease and their families, the news release stated. After losing their infant son to a rare form of cancer, the Osborns established the foundation to provide services to children with cancer, as well as their families, through its cancer care center, Hatch's House of Hope. The Foundation provides all services at no cost to the families.

Stacy, retired UTC chancellor, and Guerry, CEO of Chattem, have led campaigns and raised funds for Baylor School and United Way, among others. In 2013, they led the Memorial Health Care System Foundation's $15 million capital campaign.

Under their leadership, the campaign is poised to end ahead of schedule and has exceeded its original goal.

Cooper has served as CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga for the past 23 years. His impact on the community has not only been felt through the funds he has raised at the foundation, but also in his role as advocate and mentor for many area nonprofit organizations, according to the news release.

He has served on the boards of directors for organizations including Siskin Memorial Foundation, Siskin Hospital, Woods-Greer Foundation and served as chairman for the Chattanooga Tumor Clinic board of directors.

When Carroll's mother died in 2012 after a long battle with ovarian cancer, the GPS senior turned her loss into an opportunity to give back to her community. She established the Corina Field Carroll Fund, a nonprofit with the mission of strengthening the protection of children in Tennessee. After visiting several area organizations, Anna chose the Children's Advocacy Center as the recipient of a $25,000 gift.

The Corporate Philanthropist of the Year is presented to a local corporation that has shown outstanding community spirit and commitment to the goals of building a better community for all citizens through its contributions to charitable causes.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press exemplifies these qualities as a company that recognizes the value in not only preserving, but growing, its community through investments in nonprofit organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House, Creative Discovery Museum, United Way and ArtsBuild, among many others, according to the news release.