MTSA to host gala and sporting clay tournament in May

MTSA announced its 4th annual Mission & Awards Gala presented by Anesthesia Medical Group will be held Thursday, May 4, at the brand new Westin Nashville. Continuing the tradition from previous years’ events, proceeds from the 2017 Gala will benefit MTSA’s mission initiatives, including a Haiti trip planned for later this year.

Tickets and information are available at

When: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Where: The Westin Nashville, 807 Clark Place, Nashville, TN 37203
Reception: 6 p.m.
Dinner: 6:45 p.m.
Entertainment: Neil Thrasher & friends
Dress: Black tie optional
Ticket Price: $100 each
Table Price: $1,000 (10 guests)
Ticket Contact: (615) 732-7674 or

Emceed by NewsChannel 5 Sports Anchor Steve Layman, the evening will include a reception, dinner, award ceremony and entertainment featuring singer-songwriter Neil Thrasher and friends with an acoustic performance. The event is open to all including alumni, faculty, students, physicians, medical groups, corporations and individuals.

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

  • Mary Elizabeth “Ikey” DeVasher Alumni Distinguished Service Award: Dina Filomena Velocci, DNP, CRNA
  • Nevin Downs, MD Leadership Award: Kenneth Wayne Hutchinson, II, AD, CRNA
  • Clinical Excellence Award: Tammy Hooper Freehling, MSN, CRNA
  • Philanthropy Award: D. Harold Greene, RHU, CLTC
  • Mission & Heritage Award: Rod Schwindt, MS, CRNA

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

Inaugural Sporting Clay Tournament

After attendees enjoy MTSA’s Mission & Awards Gala, they can join in the fun at the inaugural Sporting Clay Tournament the following day, on Friday, May 5, at the Nashville Gun Club.

When: Friday, May 5, 2017
Where: Nashville Gun Club, Sporting Clay Complex, 1100 County Hospital Rd., Nashville, TN 37218 (Located off Briley Parkway, Bordeaux area)
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Tournament Starts: 10 a.m. (followed by awards luncheon)
Ticket Price: $150 each
Team Price:  $750 (5 people)
Ticket Contact: (615) 732-7674 or

This unique event is for all levels of experience – from those who have never shot a gun to expert sharpshooters. Teams of five people will compete on a course specially designed for the recreational fun shooter. An awards luncheon will follow the tournament. All ammunition and equipment is included.

Proceeds benefit MTSA’s Mission Initiative in Haiti and local communities.

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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