Third Annual Mission and Awards Gala

Planning is underway for the Third Annual MTSA Mission & Awards Gala to be held Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.  “Last year’s event was so nice,” says Gala Chairperson Michelle Arant (’96) MS, CRNA.  “This evening of dining, recognition, and celebration is a tradition that is not only fun, but which will also benefit the School.  Each committee member is working hard so that attendees will have a good time and enjoy having a part in furthering the mission of MTSA.”

One significant change for the 2016 Gala is that all proceeds will benefit MTSA’s new mission trip initiative – with plans to incorporate both local and international missions.  The School sponsored its first mission trip – which was to Haiti – in the Fall of 2015 when MTSA Program Administrator Rachel Brown (’97) DNP, CRNA and three students participated.  “We have plans to expand trip opportunities to more than one time per year,” explained MTSA President Chris Hulin (’06) DNP, MBA, CRNA.  “I have just returned from a combined mission and exploratory trip to Haiti and was able to investigate several collaborative mission opportunities.  I am grateful for the efforts of the Mission & Awards Gala Committee and their interest in funding our new mission trip initiative.  What better way to demonstrate the MTSA mission and heritage than to serve our fellow man.”

The event will also build community involvement, support, and awareness for MTSA while celebrating its heritage and mission by honoring and recognizing alumni, individuals, community partners, and others for their dedication, engagement, and support of MTSA.

Five specific awards will be presented as nominated by MTSA alumni and community friends including:  Mary Elizabeth “Ikey” DeVasher Alumni Distinguished Service Award; Nevin Downs, MD Leadership Award; Clinical Excellence Award; Philanthropy Award; and Mission & Heritage Award.

The evening will include a reception, dinner, and private Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum access for all guests.  The event is open to all including alumni, faculty, students, physicians, medical groups, corporations, and community individuals.  There are several sponsorships available, in addition to table sponsors and individual tickets.

For more information, contact the MTSA Advancement & Alumni Office at (615) 732-7674.

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