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A Taste of Southern

Experience Southern like never before

Southern Adventist University’s annual gala gives the community a taste of the Southern experience that has transformed and inspired students' lives for more than 130 years. Funds raised from the event support the First-Generation Student Endowment.

Join us for our event in 2023

The 2023 event will feature a live routine from the university’s acrobatic and gymnastic team, Gym-Masters; a video screening and audience-participation nomination opportunity for School of Visual Art and Design video shorts; and entertainment by the Southern Symphony Orchestra and renowned tenor and former Gaither Vocal Band vocalist David Phelps. Plan now to attend at The Chattanoogan Hotel, September 28, starting at 6 p.m.

Table sponsor information
Sponsor level Table MENTION in premium table booklet Mention in invitation Logo on screen MENTION FROM STAGE
Platinum: $10,000 10 seats Large Logo Yes Yes Yes
Gold: $5,000 10 seats Medium Logo X Yes Yes
Silver: $2,500 10 seats Small Logo X Yes X

A Taste of Southern

September 28, 2023


Memories of our Inaugural Event in 2022

The 2022 inaugural Taste of Southern event celebrated 130 years of Southern Adventist University’s dedication to transforming lives academically, spiritually, and socially. I was held at the alumni-owned Westin Hotel and featured a Southern curated art gallery, farm-to-table dinner from the Southern farm, and entertainment from Southern’s steel band and I Cantori chorale group. The event raised over $97,000 dollars, the proceeds of which were used to start the First-Generation Student Endowment.


Platinum Sponsors

San Sebastian

Southern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Gold Sponsors


DeFoor Brothers, LLC

Morning Pointe Senior Living

Dr. John and Mrs. Shaw

Silver Sponsors


BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee


College Press

Delta Eye Medical Group

Gulf States Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Howe Farms

Life Care Centers of America

The Ooltewah Club

Pinnacle Financial Partners

Georgia Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Truist Bank

Drs. John and Lily Henson

Nicole Jordan-Lewis and Tommy Diller

Mark and Gissela Kroll

Drs. J. Mark and Barbara Chase McKinney

David and Sondra Shields

Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Treiyer

Daniel and Heidi Zinke


Call with questions.