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.


Morning Pointe Residents 'Pay it Forward' At Steak N' Shake

Residents at Morning Pointe of Chattanooga at Shallowford think they have an interesting and kind way to have fun - paying for strangers' orders at the Steak N' Shake on Gunbarrel Road during Half Price Happy Hour.  The assisted living residents say they find enjoyment going through the drive-thru in the Morning Pointe bus and buying their favorite milkshakes, while paying ... (click for more)

Publix Offers Coupons For Donations To Help Support A New Children’s Hospital

Now through June 11, Publix Super Markets are inviting customers to “Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are” by donating to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. In exchange for a $1, $3 or $5 donation, Publix customers will receive a set of coupons with savings of up to $20 on popular brands. Funds raised from the coupon campaign will help ... (click for more)

Attorney Says Lacie Stone, Advisor To Mayor Berke, Is Victim, Not Instigator

The attorney for advisor to Mayor Andy Berke Lacie Stone said she has been thrust into the spotlight, but said she is "the victim of an unprovoked attack" by her husband, Bobby Stone. Attorney John Cavett said it is ridiculous "to suggest that she was the perpetrator." Mr. Stone is facing charges of domestic assault and vandalism. Attorney Cavett said, "It is unfortunate ... (click for more)

Dr. Russell Dyer Chosen As Director Of Schools By Cleveland City School Board

The Cleveland City School board unanimously voted Thursday afternoon to offer the job of director of Schools to Dr. Russell Dyer. Dr. Dyer serves as the chief of staff of schools in Collierville, Tn.  If Dr. Dyer accepts the school board's contract, he will be paid $132,500 a year.  After contract negotiations, the board plans for Dr. Dyer to start at Cleveland City ... (click for more)

Case Handled Like Any Other? - And Response

It is interesting that Chief Fletcher would deem the handling of the Mayor's encounter as typical or normal. Is the Chief asking the public to believe that all misdemeanor domestic violence arrests include a 4-hour taped interrogation, and delayed reporting after a visit to the Chief’s house. Of course, we believe that Chief Fletcher. April Eidson * * *  I ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Judge's Night Behind Bars

There is very little doubt that retired Army Sergeant Joe Serna has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after serving three tours as a Green Beret in Afghanistan. Once he barely avoided being blown up by a hidden IED and then there was another terrifying brush with a suicide bomber. But the worst was when a truck he was in slid off the roadway into a canal. “It was like ... (click for more)