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starnight 2020 Postponed

Due to Coronavirus concerns StarNight 2020 has been postponed until further notice. Please visit this website regularly for updates and announcements regarding StarNight 2020. For information on how you can continue to support Siskin Children's Institute as we navigate this pandemic, please email us at or make a donation today. Your gift will help sustain our programs and allow us to continue to provide medical services to children with special needs during this time.

AUGUST 24, 2019


StarNight Welcomes the Plain White T's!  


Since emerging in 1997, the GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum Chicago quintet—Tom Higgenson [vocals], Tim Lopez [lead guitar, vocals], Dave Tirio [rhythm guitar], Mike Retondo [bass], and De’Mar Hamilton [drums]—has amassed an enduring, engaging, and enigmatic catalog, spanning two gold-certified offerings All That We Needed (2005) and Every Second Counts (2006) and unshakable anthems such as the double-platinum “1,2,3,4” and platinum “Rhythm of Love.” Among the discography, “Hey There Delilah” went quadruple-platinum, topped the Billboard Hot 100, and earned a pair of 2008 GRAMMY® Award nominations in the categories of “Song of the Year” and “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.” Along the way, the five-piece logged countless miles on the road in front of sold out crowds in nearly every corner of the globe. After a whirlwind tour cycle supporting 2015’s American Nights, the guys hunkered down and began writing the ideas that would eventually comprise Parallel Universe, slated for an August 2018 release. The band’s endlessly hummable signature melodies still shine at the center of this galaxy, but their Universe morphed into an otherworldly atmosphere of ethereal electronic pop strengthened by lush guitar tones and synth transmissions. 

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 the Plain White T'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 the Plain White T's. 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
Brock Insurance Agency, Inc.
EPB Fiber Optics
ERMC/ SecurAmerica
First Tennessee Bank
Gerber Taylor Management Company
Henderson, Hutcherson, &McCullough PLLC
Husch Blackwell LLP

Merrill Lynch/ Irv Pressman
Movita Steiner
Noon Management
Pinnacle Financial
Prime Lending
Pris & Robert Siskin
Rone Regency Jewelers
Shire Facial Plastic Surgery
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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