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Chattanooga's Premiere Gala for More Than 50 Years!

Kevin Costner & Modern West a Huge hit!

Famed actor and director, Kevin Costner, along with his band Modern West performed an exciting show for StarNight 2016 on August 20, with more than 1300 guests in the audience. The actor, who made his grand entrance after a reel highlighting his film career played, walked through the crowd shaking hands and greeting guests as he made his way to the stage. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception prior to the event and ended the night with an energetic after party that could easily complete with any local club scene.

This year’s event was even more special as Mr. Costner took time from his schedule to visit the Institute and learn more about our programs, our humble beginnings and founders, and even spent time with some of the families we serve. “We were thrilled to have Kevin Costner preform at StarNight this year and even more excited about his passion for our organization,” said John Farrimond, president and CEO of Siskin Children’s Institute. “It was really special that he made time to learn more about the kids we serve every day.” Thank you for joining us at StarNight and for your generosity. It’s because of you that the event was a success.

Events of this magnitude cannot succeed without dedicated support from volunteers and the community. Thanks to our sponsors Hamico Inc., Siskin Steel & Supply Co., CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., ERMC Security Solutions, Athens Distributing Company, The Double Cola Company, Sinclair Broadcast Group, 98.1 THE LAKE, Chattanooga Time Free Press, Betty &  Charles Lebovitz, The Card Family - Becky & Lewie, and special thanks to Starkey Printing Company, Southeastern Salvage, Tennessee Valley Authority, Nicos Salon, Solid Rock, and StayBridge Suites. 

For pictures, videos, and comments about this year’s StarNight with Kevin Costner & Modern West, please visit our Facebook page.


Siskin Children’s Institute’s StarNight began 54 years ago as a fundraiser for the Siskin Memorial Foundation’s 365 Club and has evolved into the
premier black-tie event in Chattanooga. This highly anticipated late summer show features a prominent entertainer each year with a star-studded mix of legendary favorites and rising stars.The evening includes a cocktail reception, elegant dinner, performance by a first class entertainer and after party with DJ music and dancing. Past entertainers have included Tony Bennett, Dinah Shore, LeAnn Rimes, Emmylou Harris, Kenny Rogers, Three Mo’ Tenors, Hootie and the Blowfish, Sugarland,  Colbie Caillat and The Band Perry

StarNight is the Institute’s largest fundraising event and, as Chattanooga’s premier annual gala, attracts nearly 1,500 people. All proceeds from the benefit the children and families served by Siskin Children’s Institute.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Linda McReynolds for more information.