MTSA to host annual fundraising gala

Proceeds from May 17 event will fund mission initiatives locally, in Haiti, Guyana

MTSA announced its 5th annual Mission & Awards Gala presented by Anesthesia Medical Group will be held Thursday, May 17, at the Westin Nashville. Continuing the tradition from previous years’ events, proceeds from the 2018 Gala will benefit MTSA’s mission initiatives, including efforts in Haiti and Guyana planned for later this year.

Tickets and information are available at

When: Thursday, May 17, 2018
Where: The Westin Nashville, 807 Clark Place, Nashville, TN 37203
Reception/Silent Auction: 6 p.m.
Dinner: 6:45 p.m.
Entertainment: Songwriters in the Round: Keelan Donovan and Claire Guerreso
Dress: Black tie optional
Ticket Price: $100 each
Table Price: $1,000 (10 guests)
Ticket Contact: (615) 732-7674 or

Emceed by Fox 17 Special Projects Reporter Dennis Ferrier, the evening will include a reception, dinner, award ceremony and entertainment featuring singer-songwriters Keelan Donovan and Claire Guerreso with an acoustic performance. The event is open to all including alumni, faculty, students, physicians, medical groups, corporations and individuals.

Four awards will be presented as nominated by MTSA alumni and community friends to the following awardees:

  • Nevin Downs, MD Leadership Award: Brent Dunworth, DNP, MBA, CRNA
  • Mary Elizabeth “Ikey” DeVasher Alumni Distinguished Service Award: Stace D. Dollar, MS, CRNA
  • Mission & Heritage Award: Angel Dawn Mangum, MS, CRNA
  • Clinical Excellence Award: Juanita Turnipseed, MSN, CRNA

New this year are silent auction items such as vacation condos in Aspen and Maui, gift certificates to local restaurants, hotel stays and many other items. Supporters who wish to bid on the auction items will have a chance to view them and get more information by visiting ahead of the event.

For more information about the event in general, contact the MTSA Advancement & Alumni Office at (615) 732-7674, or visit

About Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia

Founded in 1950, Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA) provides graduate-level education and training of nurse anesthetists in a Christian environment born of its Seventh-day Adventist heritage. MTSA is the only independent, fully accredited anesthesia institution of its kind in the nation, instilling excellence through innovative and diverse clinical experience. More than 75% of Middle Tennesseans having surgery entrust their lives to its graduates on a daily basis. A leader in academic, clinical and professional distinction, MTSA is responsive to the needs of its constituents, providing affordable graduate education for students from diverse backgrounds. For more information, visit or call (888) 353-MTSA.

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Jeff Krinks, Prufrock Communications
(615) 478-0267

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