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AUGUST 24, 2019


StarNight Welcomes STARSHIP Featuring Mickey Thomas  

Multi-Platinum Selling
Hits Include:

We Built this City
Not Way Out
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now

And Many More!

Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas

About STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas  

Mickey Thomas is the owner of the soaring voice that propelled Starship through the decades of the 80’s and 90’s. With his soulful and compelling vocals, Mickey has established himself as one of Rock Music’s most recognizable stars. Mickey made his mark in 1976 as lead vocalist on the mega-hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” with The Elvin Bishop Band. In 1979, Mickey’s joined Jefferson Starship as lead vocalist, after the departure of Grace Slick and Marty Balin. 

Backed by the power of Mickey’s vocals, Jefferson Starship immediately scored a #1 hit with “Jane.” With this new sound and powerful new vocals, the group was renamed Starship and continued to record an amazing string of hits including “No Way Out”, “We Built This City”, “Sara”, and earned an Oscar nomination for the #1 hit “Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now” from the movie, Mannequin. Other top hits included “Find Your Way Back”, “Stranger”, “Laying It on the Line”, and “It’s Not Over Till It’s Over” which became Major League Baseball’s theme in 1987. 

Moreover, every Starship album released since 1979 has gone Gold, Platinum, or Multi-Platinum. Mickey’s stellar voice and video charisma on Starship’s video classics such as “We Built This City” and “Sara” have become staples on MTV and VH1. In addition to Mickey, band members include Jeff Adams – bass, John Roth – guitar, Phil Bennett – keyboards, Darrell Verdusco – drums, and Stephanie Calvert – vocals.

About StarNight  

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.  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 LOCASH. 

This Year's Event  

In addition to enjoying Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas, this year's  StarNight guests will enjoy a full night of entertainment as Chattanooga native  Robin Grant will grace our cocktail reception stage. Robin has been delighting local audiences for many years. With the recent release of her first critically acclaimed CD,  Good Girls she is now garnering national attention.  Good Girls is a collection of original jazz songs reminiscent of the all-time great standards. The album debuted at number four on iTunes jazz charts. Robin's soulful songs may take her listeners back to the great Tinpan Alley days of the 1920's 30's and 40's, but it's with an edgy delivery and sizzle that resonates with the youthful in body & spirit. Her live shows showcase her vocals throughout her diverse repertoire of all-time-favorites mixed with her popular original compositions.  

To round out the night, Bizz & Everyday People will keep you dancing in the StarNight after party. The group, based out of Nashville, TN, hosts dynamic talents who have dedicated their lives to music. They’ve performed all across the Southern United States since 2011.  

StarNight 2019 opens with a cocktail reception featuring Robin Grant beginning at 6 p.m., then moves to a formal dinner followed by a concert performance by Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas. An electrifying after-party with dancing and music from Bizz & Everyday People will round out the night. Both the cocktail reception and concert performance feature an open bar. Cash bars  will be available during the after-party. 

Meet the Co-chairs

Alnoor and Gina Dhanani

Alnoor Dhanani is the President and C.E.O. of The Double Cola Company, a part of the K. J. Group of Companies. Double-Cola is a 90 year old company that was founded in Chattanooga, TN and still maintains its headquarters here. Alnoor has extensive experience in international business, having negotiated investment and licensing agreements in several countries around the world.

Co-chairs interact with childrenCo-chairs interact with children
Co-chairs interact with children

In the course of these negotiations, he has worked closely with local governments and with public and private sector institutions. Alnoor has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Schiller College (London) and has also attended the MSBA graduate program of Boston University. Alnoor has been involved with several community organizations United Way, Metropolitan YMCA, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, and UTC among others.

Gina Dhanani is the Chief Operating Officer of The Double Cola Company. She has been with The Double Cola Company since 2004, and has been extremely influential in leading the company’s growth over the last several years. She has shown true vision for the company through the planning and execution of new products, such as QUAD Energy, MINOKU Coconut Water, and ZILI Tea—products that have expanded the company’s traditional product offering for the first time in 90+ years. As a mother of four, Gina has a heart for advocating for children and practices this through volunteering her time with several local non-profits. Gina holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an MBA from Auburn University. She is also a graduate of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Chattanooga and Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute’s Women Mentoring Women. In 2009, Gina was recognized in City Scope Magazine’s Gold Club, featuring 30 influential business leaders in the community, and was featured in Chatter Magazine’s “20 under 40” in 2018. 

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

Thank you to our Signature Sponsors

Thank you to our starnight platinum table partners

Act Business Machines
Anna Ball White
Athens Distributing 
Betty &Charles Lebovitz
Brock Insurance Agency
CBL &Associates
Chattanooga Times Free Press
EMJ Corporation
ERMC/ SecurAmerica
First Tennessee Bank
Gerber Taylor
Helen Pregulman
Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough

Husch Blackwell LLP
Merrill Lynch/Irv Pressman
Movita Steiner
Noon Management
Pinnacle Financial
Prime Lending
Pris & Robert Siskin
Robinson Realty group, LLC
Rone Regency 
Shire Facial Plastic Surgery/ Amy and Robert Snetman
Siskin Steel & Supply Company
WR Grace

Thank you to our Media and Print Sponsors

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2018 event gallery   

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Award handed out
Women enjoy the show
Guests with Locash
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