Siskin Children’s Institute’s StarNight 2014 Sold Out

Annual Gala Sells Out In Record Time

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

With more than two weeks remaining until StarNight, Siskin Children’s Institute’s annual black-tie gala, tickets and tables for the event are now sold out.  StarNight will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Chattanooga Convention Center and welcomes multi-platinum and Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, Colbie Caillat. 

“We are so honored by the generous support of the community,” said John Farrimond, president and CEO, Siskin Children’s Institute. “It will be a wonderful evening that celebrates the potential of every child as well as the legacy of help and hope created by Mose and Garrison Siskin.”

Charles and Betty Lebovitz are this year’s StarNight co-chairs. “Charles and I are privileged to play a leadership role in such a celebratory event as StarNight,” said Mrs. Lebovitz. “It is a unique opportunity for us to show our support for the invaluable services that the Institute provides for children and families. We are looking forward to this very special evening and enjoying the performance by Colbie Caillat."

Caillat's latest single “Try” from the newly released album, Gypsy Heart- Side A, has become a focal point in the national conversation surrounding female self-image in the age of Photoshop and glamour magazines. Caillat initially burst onto the scene in 2007 and has since sold over six million albums and over 10 million singles worldwide.  

More than a half century ago, two Chattanooga businessmen, brothers Mose and Garrison Siskin, devoted their lives to helping people with disabilities. StarNight began over 50 years ago as a fundraiser for the Siskin Memorial Foundation’s 365 Club and over the years has evolved into a black-tie event benefiting children with special needs and their families.

StarNight 2014 opens with a cocktail reception, beginning at 6 p.m., and a formal dinner followed by Colbie Caillat’s performance. An after-party with dancing and music from one of Chattanooga’s DJs will round out the night. 

For information, visit www.siskin.org/starnight or call 648-1707.

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