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.

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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, like us on, and follow us on Twitter: @webackpat.

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It’s Not Easy Giving Money Away Well!

2015 Arts Fund Grant Panel
The Arts Fund Grants Panel was the first group to use the new “Past Chairs Boardroom” in our new offices at 520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101. This dedicated group of volunteers spent the day deliberating and finally choosing the grant recipients from a very worthy group of applicants. We are grateful to each of them for giving their time and experience to do the difficult task of thoughtfully giving away $125,000.



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Room to Keep Growing

Room to Keep Growing: For more information, please click here.

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Minor Has Major Interest in Norris Area Community Foundation Founding Membership

In 2014, East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) was pleased to welcome the Norris Area Community Foundation (NACF) as its newest affiliate fund. There were initially eight founding members: Linda Ahlstedt, Ellalyn Crossno, Donnie Curtin, Fred Fields, Jim Hayes, Timothy Hester, Elizabeth Morgan, and Loretta Painter.  When Jim Hayes, NACF Advisory Board Chair and Founding Member, was asked if there could be a “minor” founding member, he had to consult others on the Advisory Board. Twelve year-old Nicholas Harshbarger had heard about NACF and wanted to be a part of its beginning. A positive response to include Nicholas initiated a fund raising frenzy of extra chores. With a $10 donation, Nicholas became NACF’s ninth founding member and is one of its most ardent advocates having successfully issued donation challenges to his family and peers.

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