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 What began as a fundraiser has transformed into the premier black-tie event of Chattanooga. The evening includes a cocktail reception, elegant dinner, concert performance by a first class entertainer, and after party with live band and dancing.  This highly anticipated late summer show features a prominent entertainer each year with a star-studded mix of legendary favorites and rising stars. Past entertainers have included Tony Bennett, Dinah Shore, LeAnn Rimes, Emmylou Harris, Kenny Rogers, Three Mo’ Tenors, Hootie and the Blowfish, Sugarland, Colbie Caillat, The Band Perry, Kevin Costner and Modern West, Sheila E., and this year we welcome LOCASH. 

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

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Award handed out
Women enjoy the show
Guests with Locash
Two couples smile

Music with heart

LOCASH loves our children. They came to play with and interact with our children. Maybe these children will one day listen to LOCASH's music and remember that day. 

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Locash with a young girl


LOCASH is a country music duo made up of singer-songwriters Chris Lucas and Preston Brust, natives of Baltimore, Maryland, and Indianapolis, Indiana, respectively. With a sound that fuses modern country and classic heartland rock with an edgy vocal blend, the independently-minded partners are revered as “one of Nashville’s hardest-working acts” (Rolling Stone) whose live show “has consistently been among the most energetic and entertaining in the country music genre” (Billboard). With two albums and eight charting singles to their credit, LOCASH broke out in 2015 with their gracious GOLD-certified hit, “I Love This Life," followed by the flirtatious GOLD-certified #1 smash, “I Know Somebody” – their first trip to the top of the Country radio airplay charts – and 2017’s fun-loving romantic anthem “Ring on Every Finger.” All three singles were part of their Reviver Records album debut, THE FIGHTERS, which was released in the summer of 2016 to Top 15 success. The follow up to THE FIGHTERS is expected this year.  In 2017, they earned their first round of awards show recognition, nominated at the ACM Awards for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, the CMT Music Awards for Duo Video of the Year (“I Know Somebody”), and the CMA Awards for Vocal Duo of the Year.

Meet the Co-chairs

John Pregulman and Amy Israel Pregulman

John Pregulman is the President
of KAVOD, a Memphis-based
organization supporting Holocaust survivors in need, which he founded with his wife, Amy. 

As a former professional photographer in New York City in the 1980’s, John found his passion for taking photographs of Holocaust Survivors and has taken 600 photos so far. 

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Co-chairs interact with children

After his time in New York, he returned to Chattanooga to join the family steel business, Siskin Steel and Supply Company. The company was sold in 1996, and John was named President/COO until leaving the company in 2005. He is currently the managing partner of Robmer Partners, a real estate company his father created. Mr. Pregulman also serves his family office as the Chief Investment Officer. John has four children, ranging in ages from 30 to 11. 

Amy Israel Pregulman serves as the Executive Director of KAVOD. Prior to KAVOD, Amy was the Director of Cultural Arts at the Memphis Jewish Community Center (MJCC) where she developed the cultural arts department. Under her leadership, she developed and implemented the Jewish Literary and Cultural Arts Festival; the International Jewish Film Festival; the first Health and Wellness Expo; and established and branded the Patrons of the Arts program. Amy was also the curator for the Shainberg Gallery as well as developed the Campus for Holistic Learning. Prior to the MJCC, Amy was the Director of Community Engagement at Opera Memphis. Amy completed her Masters in Strategic Planning and Leadership with a certificate in Nonprofit Management at the University of Memphis in 2007. Amy is a native Memphian and has two sons ages 22 and 19.

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

Made possible thanks to our loyal partners. 

Supporting partners

First Tennessee Bank
Helen Pregulman
Shire Facial Plastic Surgery/ Amy & Robert Snetman
EMJ Corporation
First Tennessee Bank
Gerber/Taylor Management Company
James C. Robinson
Movita W. Steiner
Noon Management
SunTrust Bank

Robert and Pris Siskin
W.R. Grace
Merrill Lynch/ Irv Pressman
Siskin Steel & Supply Company
ACT Business Machines, Inc.
Brock Insurance Agency, Inc.
Helen Pregulman
Henderson, Hutcherson, & McCullough, PLLC
Husch Blackwell LLP
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Rone Regency Jewelers