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Siskin Children’s Institute Announces Kevin Costner & Modern West as Headliner for StarNight 2016 

Proceeds will benefit children with special needs and their families served by the Institute

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Siskin Children’s Institute is excited to announce that Kevin Costner & Modern West will headline StarNight 2016. The event, held on Saturday, August 20 at the Chattanooga Convention Center with co-chairs Bill and Mary Kilbride, will welcome approximately 1500 guests. StarNight, Chattanooga’s premier gala event now in its 54th year, supports Siskin Children’s Institute’s efforts on behalf of children with special needs and their families.

The famed actor and director of Oscar nominated films including Field of Dreams, Dances with Wolves, The Bodyguard and JFK, among others, and the acclaimed History Channel mini-series, Hatfields & McCoys, will headline StarNight 2016 with his band, Kevin Costner & Modern West, a rock/country band formed with encouragement from Costner’s wife. The group, who began touring worldwide in October 2007, is made up primarily of Kevin Costner, Blair Forward, John Coinman, Teddy Morgan, Larry Cobb, Park Chisolm, with occasional guests Roddy Chong, Bobby Yang, and Luke Bulla. “I always thought that music could build a stronger, more personal moment for me. It would create the opportunity for a genuine exchange much greater than the movie, TV interview or magazine,? Costner says. 

The band released its first album, Untold Truths in 2008, followed by their second album Turn It On in 2010. Shortly after, Kevin Costner & Modern West toured Europe with the album charting in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Greece.  From Where I Stand, the bands third album was released in 2011 and included vocals from the German pop singer Nena. Kevin Costner & Modern West continue to tour, playing shows across the United States and abroad. 

Bill and Mary Kilbride will serve as this year’s event co-chairs. “We’re excited to have Bill and Mary as this year’s StarNight co-chairs?, says Institute President and CEO, John Farrimond. “With such a long history of supporting philanthropic causes in the Chattanooga area,we couldn’t be more proud to have them on our team for StarNight.? 

Born and raised on Long Island, NY, Bill worked on Wall Street in the financial services industry after college, largely in the corporate planning arena.  Mary was raised in northern Kentucky and after completing her CPA, worked in investor relations and securities research in New York.  An opportunity to move from the service industry to manufacturing brought Bill and his family to Chattanooga in 1992.  For 22 years Bill served as a divisional president for Mohawk Industries and also as its first Global Chief Sustainability Officer until his retirement in 2014.  In 2014, Bill became president of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. Since 1992 Mary has served on the boards of or in advisory positions for dozens of non-profit organizations including The Baylor School, Bright School, WTCI, ArtsBuild, The Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga, The Chattanooga Area Food Bank, United Way, The Association of Visual Artists/Four Bridges and Friends of the Festival/Riverbend.

StarNight 2016 opens with a cocktail reception, beginning at 6 p.m., a formal dinner followed by a performance by Kevin Costner & Modern West. An electrifying after-party with dancing and music from one of Chattanooga’s hottest DJs will round out the night. 

Guests can attend the full black-tie gala, including cocktail reception, dinner, dessert, musical performance and the after-party, for $300 per person. Eight-person tables start at $2,500. For tickets, visit or call 423.648.1707