Charles and Betty Lebovitz To Co-Chair Siskin Children’s Institute’s StarNight 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014

Siskin Children’s Institute announced that Charles and Betty Lebovitz will be co-chairs of StarNight 2014. The black-tie event, which has become a time honored tradition, will take place at the Chattanooga Convention Center onSaturday, August 16. Known for its long history of featuring top musical acts such as Sugarland, Trisha Yearwood, Josh Turner and Wilson Philips, StarNight supports the Institute’s efforts on behalf of the more than 1,500 children and families it serves.

“Charles and I are privileged to play a leadership role in such a celebratory event as StarNight,” said Betty Lebovitz. “It is a unique opportunity for us to show our support for the invaluable services that the Institute provides for children and families.”

Mr. and Mrs. Lebovitz bring a wealth of enthusiasm, passion and commitment for this year’s StarNight event and the Institute mission. As chairman of the board of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., Mr. Lebovitz has been involved in shopping center development since 1961. He is an advisory director of First Tennessee Bank, a member of the National Board of Directors of Maccabiah USA/Sports for Israel (Maccabiah Games) and a national vice chairman of the United Jewish Appeal. Mr. Lebovitz served as chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and on the board of governors for the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). He is passionate about his community and also served as president of the B’nai Zion Congregation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, was a member of the Chancellor’s Round Table for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, president of the Alumni Council for The McCallie School, and a past member of both The McCallie School and GPS Board of Trustees.

Mrs. Lebovtiz has a heartfelt commitment to the community as evidenced through her multifaceted and dedicated service. She plays an active role on Siskin Children’s Institute’s Development Committee and has previously co-chaired the Institute’s StyleWorks fashion show event.

“Charles and Betty exemplify the spirit of giving back. Their leadership, combined with their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children with special needs, will create a wonderful and impactful evening,” said John Farrimond, Institute president and CEO. “The Institute is privileged to have them as our StarNight co-chairs.”

Proceeds from the event directly benefit children with special needs and their families through Siskin Children’s Institute’s four areas of focus: education, outreach, developmental pediatric health care and research.

For more information about StarNight, call 648-1730.


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