Saturday Night Fever At Denim And Diamonds Feb. 23

Benefiting Project Access

Monday, January 14, 2013
Chattanooga physicians and community leaders will come together at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Chattanooga Convention Center for Denim and Diamonds:  Saturday Night Fever.  It will be an evening of music and food, and a celebration of healing. The event will be the ninth annual Denim and Diamonds fundraiser, which helps support the Project Access community health partnership and other community health initiatives. 

The event is organized by the Chattanooga Hamilton-County Medical Society, Medical Foundation of Chattanooga, and Medical Alliance.

Denim & Diamonds: Saturday Night Fever, presented by Dale Buchanan & Associates, Kindred Health and University Surgical Associates, will celebrate the decade of disco – the 1970s. This evening will include dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, and lots of surprises. 

Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite star or icon from the 1970s. Polyester will be back in style for one night only.

“Every year more people say that this is one of the best events in town,” said Rae Bond, Medical Society and Foundation executive director.  “We look forward to Denim and Diamonds continued commitment to being a fun and exciting community event.” 

This year an online auction will take place before the event to encourage community-wide participation in raising funds for Project Access. The site will go live at noon on Feb. 4, and can be accessed through www.chattdenim.org

Project Access has provided $98 million in charity health care to the working poor since its inception in April 2004. Since the program began, more than 12,000 individuals have been evaluated for eligibility. Each month an average of 400 patients are actively receiving care or finalizing enrollment. Those who do not qualify for the program are referred to other appropriate community resources and programs. 

"Project Access is helping people get back on their feet, return to work, and often obtain their own health insurance again,” Mrs. Bond said. “The funds we raise at Denim and Diamonds support this work so that we can continue to help as many people as we can.” 

The event is open to the public. Table sponsorships are available starting at $1,000. Individual tickets are $100. To purchase a table or tickets, call the Medical Society at 622-2872 or visit www.chattdenim.org.

Sponsorship opportunities, including exclusive sponsorships, are available ranging from $500 to $7,500. Opportunities include exclusive sponsorships of activities and events. For more information, contact Kevin Lusk at 622-2872. 

Project Access is a nationally-recognized, physician-led community health initiative that coordinates free medical care for low-income, uninsured residents of Hamilton County. Partners, who provide free services to Project Access patients, include the Erlanger, Memorial and Parkridge Hospital Systems, and Kindred and Siskin Hospitals. 

Denim & Diamonds: Saturday Night Fever is sponsored by Dale Buchanan & Associates, Kindred Health, University Surgical Associates, Barnett & Company, Galen Medical Group,  Erlanger Health System, Parkridge Health System, Memorial Health Care System, Medical Personnel Services, Suntrust Bank, North American Credit Services, State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company, First Tennessee, Cohutta Bank, Henderson, Hutcherson, & McCullough, Dialysis Clinic Inc., BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust, Healthspring, Chattanooga Allergy Clinic, HealthSpring, RJ Young, BASF Corporation, Citizens Tricounty Bank, Landrover Jaguar of Chattanooga, Top Flight, Thompson Engineering, North American Credit Services, CityScope Magazine, HealthScope Magazine, WDEF-News 12 and  Sunny  92.3.


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