Forgiveness Luncheon

Our Annual Forgiveness Luncheon will be held virtually on Tuesday, September 29th. The keynote speaker is Robert Sherrill, founder of Imperial Cleaning Systems and CEO of The D.R.E.A.M. (Decreasing Recidivism through Education And Mentorship) Initiative. Robert knows first hand the challenges former offenders face upon re-entering society. As a young man, Robert’s chosen path led him to the federal penitentiary where he vowed to make a change for his family and himself.

And what a change he made. Not only did Robert become an entrepreneur, but he launched “Imperial Cares” to provide jobs and internships to area residents who are displaced or enrolled in a post-incarceration community re-entry program. His work as an entrepreneur, influencer, and community figure has been recognized across Middle TN with honors including Stay On The Go’s "40 Under 40,” Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce’s “Rising Star,” Power Moves “Best in Entrepreneurship 2018,” Varnell Foundation’s "2018 Community Leader of the Year," Nashville Minority Business Center’s "2018 Minority Man of the Year" and Nashville Business Journal’s “Most Admired CEO 2018." Robert is also a graduate of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Catalyst Program.

Don't miss his message of hope and restoration during this year's event. We also look forward to remarks by Gov. Bill Lee, Sheriff Daron Hall, and Dismas former resident and current Facilities Manager Gary Schwegmann.  

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dwanna Hughes at dhughes@dismas.org. To register to attend, please click: https://bit.ly/Forgiveness2020

Past Forgiveness Luncheons

2019

Over 650 guests attended this years annual Forgiveness Luncheon on May 14, 2019. An event-record $225,000 was raised in support of programming and operations this year. Dismas CEO Gerald Brown emceed the event that was highlighted by the recognition of First Tennessee Bank for their support of Dismas; expansion project. There were reviting testomonies from Vant4ge CEO - Sean Hosman, Dismas Resident - Brandon Harper, and former NFL quarterback - Ryan Leaf.

2018

Current Nashville Mayor David Briley, CoreCivic CEO Damon Hininger, and Sheriff Daron Hall were joined by more than 650 guests at the Renaissance Hotel to celebrate Dismas at our annual Forgiveness Luncheon on May 24, 2018.

An event-record $201,000 was raised in support of programming and operations this year.  Newschannel 5's Adam Hammond emceed the event. The highlight of this years luncheon was the testimony of former resident, Charles Black.

2017

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Mayor Megan Barry, and Sheriff Daron Hall were joined by more than 600 guests at the Renaissance Hotel to celebrate Dismas at our annual Forgiveness Luncheon in May 2017. An event-record $176,000 was raised in support of programming. "The money raised today will really help us serve our clients better," says Gerald Brown, CEO of Dismas, Inc. In addition to a keynote speech by Gubernatorial Candidate Karl Dean, current Dismas residents and Board members shared testimony about their experiences with Dismas. District Attorney Glen Funk was also present to accept recognition on behalf of the Davidson County District Attorneys for its partnership with Dismas. Newschannel 5's Carrie Sharp emceed the event.