Ramp-Up Begins to ETF’s 30th Anniversary Signature Event Aug. 23

Ramp-Up Begins to ETF’s 30th Anniversary Signature Event Aug. 23   #ETF30
By Michael McClamroch, President & CEO, East Tennessee Foundation

Pat Summitt and Mike McClamrochPat Summitt and Mike McClamroch

There’s nothing quite like going to work every day at your dream job… unless it’s going to work each day at your dream job when a major celebration of your organization is about to get underway – and then it’s even more fulfilling.

2016 has proven to be an interesting year so far, certainly one with marked highs and lows.

In our East Tennessee Foundation family, we have observed the passing of our dear friend Pat Summitt with sobering reflection and the deepest, heart-felt emotion, as well as soaring inspiration.  Knowing that the Pat Summitt Foundation is housed within East Tennessee Foundation has infused all of us on staff and among the board of directors with an even higher sense of purpose, focused on the kind of philanthropy that has the power to change lives, right before our eyes.

This year has also been one of planning for a major milestone in ETF’s evolution – our 30th anniversary.  On Tuesday, August 23, our team will take part in a major thought leadership initiative to spotlight family philanthropy, featuring Susan Price, author of Generous Genes: Raising Caring Kids in a Digital Age, alongside discussion panels of local philanthropists from several East Tennessee communities.

With a breakfast event planned at Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, Tenn.; lunch event at The Foundry in Knoxville; and dinner event at the Johnson City Country Club in Johnson City, Tenn., ETF will canvass our service area to engage citizens in meaningful discourse about what it means to pass the torch of charitable-giving values from one generation to the next.

Please plan to attend one or all of these events, where we’ll learn and share new ways to make philanthropy a relevant part of our lives and lifestyles, whether in ways large or small.

Stay tuned!   #ETF30

A Knoxville native, Mike McClamroch has been East Tennessee Foundation’s chief executive since 2001. With his constant emphasis on excellent stewardship of the resources entrusted to the Foundation and on top-notch constituent services, Mike has overseen dramatic growth in the asset-size and grantmaking of ETF.  Prior to leading ETF, Mike practiced law with the firm of Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis and was an active volunteer with a variety of charitable organizations in the Knoxville area.

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