We Loved Our 29th Annual Meeting

05730th Anniversary Task Force assists in presentation
of our new 30th Anniversary logo at our 29th Annual Meeting.

l to r: Ellen Fowler, Amy Cathey, Avice Reid, Jeff Becker,
Howard Blum , and Bobbie Congleton
Surprise logo unveiling
We always enjoy our Annual Meetings. The invitations go out and begin a wonderful process of bringing generous caring people together. There are no place cards or designated seats, so you never know who will be sitting next to you. Be assured though that your luncheon conversation will involve your common interest of making communities stronger and lives better in East Tennessee.

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An East Tennessee Foundation Surprise!

At our team Holiday Party, Mike McClamroch (Our President & CEO) was presented with an envelope containing Operating Fund contributions from 100 % of the ETF Staff!100 percent Staff in Operating

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East Tennessee Foundation Supports the Clarence Brown Theater with its Open Captioning Initiative

Grant improves cultural and arts accessibility to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community in East Tennessee

Enjoying a live stage performance is a luxury not experienced by many who are hard of hearing. East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) is helping ignite change by granting funding for the Clarence Brown Theater (CBT) to provide an open captioning service at one performance per show. The two-year, $5,000 grant given in May funds the cost of a captioning service provided by the nonprofit, Caption Operators, and makes the CBT the first directed theater in the state to offer open captioning.

Many think open captioning is only for the Deaf, but the service helps improve the theater experience for others with major and even minor hearing loss. It is estimated that 10 to 15 percent of the population is hard of hearing or deaf. Among these 30 million people, 98 percent do not use American Sign Language. The open captioning service now offered at Clarence Brown allows passive users to benefit captioning without being singled out for needing hearing equipment.

“East Tennessee Foundation is fortunate for the opportunity to support Clarence Brown Theater’s efforts to provide an enhanced theater experience to East Tennesseans previously not able to enjoy it with comfort and ease,” said Michael McClamroch, ETF President and CEO.

One patron that has experienced hearing loss sent in an email stating her support for the program. “I have attended CBT for years; but as a hard-of-hearing adult, I always ‘missed’ things. I haven’t attended a movie theater for years because of this. However, I enjoy live plays so much that I’ve continued to attend CBT anyway. When I received the email stating that CBT was going to try the open captioning, I quickly called and changed all of my tickets to attend the shows where it was offered.”

Providing open captioning does not take away from others’ enjoyment of the show, but rather expands access to allow more people to partake in the cultural experience. The text display is positioned discreetly so as not to detract from the actors, but also allows anyone in the audience to benefit from the captions, whether they have hearing loss or simply missed a word.

“I was so pleased with the results yesterday! Having the open captioning turned the CBT from a great to an exceptional experience for me! My guest, who was very pleased for me, did not find the captioning detracting in any way,” stated a patron.

Open captioning will be available on the third Sunday matinee showing of each of the remaining 2015-2016 productions:

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play – Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m.

A Christmas Carol – Sunday, December 13 at 2 p.m.

The Santaland Diaries – Sunday, December 20 at 2 p.m.

Titus Andronicus – Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m.

A Lesson Before Dying – Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m.

The Open Hand (World Premiere) – Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m.

South Pacific – Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m.

The Clarence Brown Theater staff has extreme pride in the work they are doing for the community. The theater is also grateful for the support that East Tennessee Foundation provided by servicing a group of people that is not often considered when decision are made in the live entertainment sector.

“We are thrilled to have received support from the East Tennessee Foundation to help us continue our open captioning program for another two years. Our goal is to be of service to our community,” stated David Byrd, the theater’s managing director. “This program helps us reach an underserved audience and has been embraced by arts patrons from Knoxville and beyond.”

The open captioning is a separate program from Deaf Night, which is another access opportunity at Clarence Brown Theater for the deaf and hard of hearing community that seeks to make the theater experience completely accessible to the Deaf audience with interpreters throughout the theater.

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Forget-Me-Not Race Benefits Pat Summitt Foundation

Another great event was recently held to raise funds for the Pat Summitt Foundation, to combat Alzheimer’s – the team of volunteers was exceptional. The event originated in Lenoir City, TN, and this was the first year it was held in Knoxville (on the UT campus).
Pat surprised everyone when she unexpectedly arrived at the race. She got out of the car and waved to the runners as they turned the corner at her statue. Hard to beat that!

The Pat Summitt Foundation is a fund of East Tennessee Foundation.

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ETF Planning 30th Anniversary Celebration

Next year, 2016, we will be celebrating ETF’s 30th Anniversary. To help us make it special, meaningful, and memorable, a group comprised of ETF staff and close friends of the Foundation recently gathered to brainstorm. The ideas were prolific and we want to do them all. There are exciting days ahead!!

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NACF 1st Anniversary & Grantee Reception Event featured in “Norris Bulletin”

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The Eat Well Guide Has Been Redesigned

The Eat Well Guide has been redesigned and is easier — and more fun — to use than ever before! Use it to find over 25,000 sources of sustainable food across the country!
East Tennessee Foundation is a partner in the Appalachian Funders Network and part of 100 Food Systems groups working to find logistical solutions in Appalachia. http://bit.ly/1J4tSEd

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Two Farragut High School Graduating Seniors Receive Greene Scholarship Awards

Katie Segraves, left, and Meredith Hudson
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Grubb-Sumner Fund Awards $25,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Monroe Area

(Left to right): Anthony Tricolli – Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of the Monroe Area, Patsy Carson – ETF Board Member and Grubb/Sumner Fund for Monroe County Advisory Board Member, Paul Willson – ETF Board Member and Chairman of the Board, Boys and Girls Club of the Monroe Area, Andy Pennington – Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of the Monroe Area, David Kefauver – Founding Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of the Monroe Area, Danny Gardner – Director of Grants, Boys and Girls Club of the Monroe Area, Trudy Hughes – Director of Regional Advancement, ETF

A $25,000 grant was made by the John D. Grubb & Louise G. Sumner Fund for Monroe County to the Boys and Girls Club of the Monroe Area with support from an anonymous donor.

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Lady Vol Alumna Susan Clower Allen Supports Pat Summitt’s Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Officials of The Pat Summitt Foundation expressed appreciation today to Lady Vol Alumna Susan Clower Allen for her generous gifts totaling over $30,000 to date to support her coach’s fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The announcement comes as the Foundation launches a special appeal to Lady Vol basketball alumnae to come together as one team to have a major impact on the Foundation’s fundraising campaign to raise $2.5 million over five years.

The funds raised will help to create The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The goal of this appeal is for 100% giving participation by the Lady Vol basketball alumnae in honor of Pat’s legacy of ensuring that 100% of her players who completed their eligibility at the University of Tennessee graduated.

Speaking about her gift Allen said, “First, giving to the Foundation is a privilege for me. Alzheimer’s has affected the two most important women in my life, my Mom and Pat.  Both women played a big role in who I am today and both stressed giving back.”

“Supporting the Foundation is my way to honor these great women.  After the first donation, I realized that it is a direct extension of Pat and the Lady Vol philosophy.  Giving has been easy and gratitude for the gifts has been demonstrated many times over.  It’s a great relationship for both the Foundation and the donor.  I am proud to be a donor and I encourage my fellow Lady Vol basketball alumnae to support The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic.”

Allen, a Kingston, TN native played guard for Summitt from 1978 to 1982 as part of the teams who garnered Pat’s 100th win in 1979 and 200th win in 1982.  After graduating she went on to become a  successful business owner based in Kingston.  She now manages a multi-million dollar consulting practice for System Maintenance Services with 50 highly skilled data migration consultants serving clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 10 companies and describes her role as the “Coach” of very talented people.

Once a Lady Vol… Always a Lady Vol! It means the world to me that Susan Clower Allen has been so supportive of the Foundation,” said Summitt.  “Tyler and I want to thank her and all the Lady Vols who are paying it forward to assist us in our fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

About The Pat Summitt Foundation

The Pat Summitt Foundation, a Fund of East Tennessee Foundation, was established by Pat Summitt in November 2011. Dedicated to winning the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, its mission is to award grants to exemplary non-profit organizations that advance research for treatment and a cure, provide support for patients and caregivers, and educate the public on Alzheimer’s disease. In January 2015, The Pat Summitt Foundation formed a strategic partnership with the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN to create The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic. The Foundation launched a 5-year, $2.5 million fundraising campaign to help establish the Clinic. To learn more please visit www.patsummitt.org, like us on Facebook.com/patsummittfoundation, and follow us on Twitter: @webackpat.

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