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.


Soul Injury Seminar To Feature Nationally Acclaimed Speaker Deborah Grassman

Hospice of Chattanooga and the Southeast Tennessee Veterans Coalition present the Soul Injury Seminar, with nationally acclaimed speaker Deborah Grassman, NP.  The event will be hosted by Celebration! Conference Center, 6425 Lee Hwy. on Tuesday, June 2 from 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Costs are: $15 for the seminar, $10 for a box lunch, and $10 for continuing education ... (click for more)

GE Appliances Partners With Steps 2 Hope, Helping Georgia Veteran Make New House A Home

Injured U.S. Veteran Jason Smith will be enjoying a new home this Memorial Day, complete with a full suite of appliances from GE. The company partnered with Steps 2 Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young adults who have lost their mobility due to a traumatic event, to give the wounded local hero a fresh start. On July 25, 2012, ... (click for more)

Flora Tydings Selected As Chattanooga State’s Next President

Flora Tydings is expected to be named the next president to lead Chattanooga State Community College pending approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents at a special called meeting next Wednesday. The board will meet at 9:30 a.m. CDT at the TBR System Office in Nashville. Included on the agenda is TBR Chancellor John Morgan’s recommendation for Dr. Tydings to replace Interim President ... (click for more)

Garcia Charged With Armed Robbery Of Red Bank Dollar Store

Red Bank Police have charged 25-year-old Derek Matthew Garcia with the armed robbery of the Dollar General Store at 4707 Dayton Blvd. Police Chief Tim Christol said the robbery occurred last Friday at approximately 12:30 p.m. when Garcia entered the store armed with a knife and demanded the clerk give him all the money from the cash register. He was arrested Thursday ... (click for more)

Don't Make A Mockery Of Memorial Day - And Response

We're told Memorial Day is the day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in order that we, as Americans and others around the world, might live free, unshackled (invisible or otherwise) and without oppression. But how is that so when so many in America continue to be denied those freedoms? Others whose family and friends made the ultimate sacrifice? Their surviving families ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Chincoteague Mourns ‘Dude’

In the span of a person’s life, there are some things that simply can’t be explained to be totally understood. And of all the spectacles I have ever personally witnessed, one of the best is that day in late July when they “pen the ponies” at Chincoteague Island, Va. I’m serious. Over 50,000 people watch every year as volunteer “Saltwater Cowboys” swim the wild ponies to the mainland ... (click for more)