Governor, First Lady Haslam Partner With Peyton Manning To Raise Over $600,000 For The Pat Summitt Foundation

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Pictured:  Governor Bill Haslam; Peyton Manning; Dr. Roberto Fernandez, medical director of The Pat Summitt Clinic at The University of Tennessee Medical Center; and his wife, Dr. Denia Ramirez.
Pictured: Governor Bill Haslam; Peyton Manning; Dr. Roberto Fernandez, medical director of The Pat Summitt Clinic at The University of Tennessee Medical Center; and his wife, Dr. Denia Ramirez.
Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam Tuesday partnered with five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning to raise awareness and funds for The Pat Summitt Foundation, financing research, treatment and support for those facing Alzheimer’s disease. Two private, ticketed events held Tuesday together raised over $600,000 to benefit the fund established by the late head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer basketball team, Pat Summitt.  

“Pat made a tremendous impact on and off the court, and she continues to do so through the work of her foundation,” Mr.
Manning said. “I am incredibly proud to honor her legacy by supporting the work of The Pat Summitt Foundation and the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.”  
 
A close friend of Coach Summitt and honorary co-chair of the foundation, Mr. Manning was instrumental in the development of both events. The first event was a luncheon hosted by Wellspire, a state-of-the-art learning center and event space located in the Gulch neighborhood of Nashville. With presenting sponsors Ingram Industries Inc., Pinnacle Financial Partners and Wiley Brothers-Aintree Capital, LLC, Wellspire hosted 175 guests for an intimate discussion with Mr. Manning, moderated by ESPN/ABC college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.  
 
The evening’s event, hosted by Governor and First Lady Haslam at the Tennessee Executive Residence, included remarks from both Mr. Manning and Governor Haslam, a live auction and a performance from country artist Eric Church. Mr. Church’s foundation, “The Chief Cares Fund,” also benefitted from the event as Mr. Manning presented a $10,000 check to Mr. Church as a surprise from The Pat Summitt Foundation in appreciation of Mr. Church’s contributions to the event.  
 
“Crissy and I are privileged to be a part of this work being done to combat Alzheimer’s disease in commemoration of a true Tennessee legend,” Governor Haslam said. “The funds raised through these events will have a significant impact on the work of The Pat Summitt Foundation.”  
 
The foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations that provide research, education and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as support services to patients, their families and caregivers. The fund also endows an annual grant of $500,000 to help fund The Pat Summitt Clinic at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, a state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary Alzheimer’s clinic led by medical director and neurologist, Dr. Roberto Fernandez.  The 
combined amount raised Tuesday through both events exceeds the $500,000 needed for the 2017 clinic grant, a notable achievement, officials said.  
 
“On behalf of The Pat Summitt Foundation, we are so grateful to Peyton, Governor and First Lady Haslam and Wellspire for all of the tremendous work that went into making this a success,” said Patrick Wade, executive director of the foundation. “Both the awareness and funds resulting from these events will leave an indelible mark on the efforts of the foundation to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s.”


CHI Memorial Mobile Health Coach To Visit Hamilton County Next Week

CHI Memorial’s mobile health coach will provide mammography screenings at The Wig Gallery in Brainerd on Saturday, July 21 from 9 a.m.-noon; Go Pink for Her! event at Walmart on Gunbarrel on Saturday, July 21 from 2-5 p.m.; Cherokee Health System in Brainerd on Thursday, July 26 from 9 a.m.noon; and at Birchwood Health Center on Monday, July 30 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.    ... (click for more)

Survivorship Empowerment Class Open To All Cancer Survivors July 24

CHI Memorial Rees Skillern Cancer Institute will host a Survivorship Empowerment class on Tuesday, July 24 at 2 p.m. that will help survivors "develop habits that will help them live well after cancer."  The free class is open to all cancer survivors, regardless of where they received treatment, and their care givers. "People often wonder what they can do to get and stay ... (click for more)

5 People Shot On Cowart Street Early Sunday Morning

Five people were shot on Cowart Street early Sunday morning.   At approximately 2:55 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to the area of 1400 Cowart Street on reports of multiple people shot. The shooting was near Coyote Jack's where one person was killed and another injured in a shooting in December 2017.   Upon arrival, police found several ... (click for more)

Body Of Robert Townsend, 60, Found In Dumpster On Laura Street

The body of Robert Townsend, 60, was found on Friday in a dumpster on Laura Street.   At approximately  11:19 a.m. , Chattanooga Police were dispatched to a deceased party in the 2500 block of Laura Street. Upon arrival, officers located the body inside the bin.     Violent Crimes Bureau responded to the scene. The decedent was transported to the ... (click for more)

Here We Go Again With The Same Cummings Highway, 12th Street Flooding

Here we go again with the same pitiful news reports about the Cummings Highway Interstate interchange with I-24 - Flooding yet again after a heavy rain.  TDOT is derelict in not having repaired this years ago.  How hard is it to get some excavators out there to dig up the collapsed drainage pipes which TDOT says are the cause of the flooding and replace them with ... (click for more)

Deal With The Graffiti Vandals

I travel to other neat old cities and don't see nearly the graffiti vandalism as in Chattanooga. Why do we allow one or two or three repeat vandals to mar our venerable Walnut Street Bridge, the pillars to the Holmberg Bridge, the remodeled Chief John Ross Market Street Bridge, the walls along our multi-million-dollar Riverwalk, our sidewalks, street signs and our old limestone ... (click for more)