Community Leaders Plan Bessie Smith Cultural Center Anniversary Luncheon

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Special Events Committee:  standing, from left, Rose Martin, Irvin Overton, Stacy Lightfoot and Judy Schwartz.  Seated, from left, Franklin McCallie, John P. Franklin and Dr. Roger Brown. (Not pictured: Kim Wills).
The Special Events Committee: standing, from left, Rose Martin, Irvin Overton, Stacy Lightfoot and Judy Schwartz. Seated, from left, Franklin McCallie, John P. Franklin and Dr. Roger Brown. (Not pictured: Kim Wills).

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center is hosting a luncheon on Feb. 4, to celebrate 30 years of educating, enriching, and entertaining the Chattanooga community. The 30th Anniversary Luncheon will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Chattanooga and will feature keynote speaker, Judy Smith.  

Ms. Smith is the co-producer of ABC’s political thriller, Scandal, and founder and president of Smith & Company, a strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.

Members of the Special Events Committee who have been busy over the past six months planning the event include:

Rose Martin, president of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Irvin Overton, Stacy Lightfoot, events chair, Judy Schwartz, Franklin McCallie, John P. Franklin, Dr. Roger Brown and Kim Wills.

Tables are now available for purchase along with a limited number of tickets for general seating. To purchase tickets, tables and to learn more about corporate sponsorships – including an exclusive meet-and-greet with Judy Smith, call 266-8658 or visit www.bessiesmithcc.org.


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