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A Taste of Southern

Annual gala to support Southern’s first-generation student endowed scholarship

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 Endowed Scholarship. Plan now to attend the 2024 Taste of Southern gala in downtown Chattanooga, October 3, 2024.


A Taste of Southern

October 3, 2024

Downtown Chattanooga


Memories of our 2023 Event

The second A Taste of Southern event was held at The Chattanoogan Hotel September 28. The 350 local business and organization professionals in attendance experienced a glimpse of what students enjoy every day on the Collegedale campus. Guests watched a live, outdoor routine from the university’s Gym-Masters acrobatic team, purchased silent auction items, and saw animation unfold presented by the School of Visual Art and Design. Southern alum Rebecca Hogan of Russ Blakely & Associates shared her experience as a first-generation student and invited the audience to support others like her. Close to $130,000 was raised, with proceeds adding to the university’s endowment scholarship for first-generation college students.


2023 Platinum Sponsors

Bob and Julie Jimenez Co-Sponsor with Cox Enterprises

Morning Pointe Senior Living

San Sebastian Development

Southern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

2023 Gold Sponsors

SouthEast Bank

Times Free Press

The Irvin C. & Evea J. Bainum Foundation, Inc

2023 Silver Sponsors


BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel P.C.

Collegedale Family Dentistry

Elder's ACE Hardware

Hubbuch Glass Company Inc.

Lee Company

The Ooltewah Club

Pinnacle Financial Partners

Truist Bank

Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists

College Press

First Horizon

Family of Mary Artress

Jeff and Nichole Bromme

Drs. John and Lily Henson

Mark and Gissela Kroll

Drs. C.Y. and Ruth Liu

Drs. J. Mark and Barbara C. McKinney

Dr. John and Mrs. Shaw

Drs. David and Sondra Shields

Grant and Pam Tuttle

David and Heidi Zinke


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