Dismas House Forgiveness Luncheons

More Than A Chance, A Change

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Forgiveness Luncheon 2021

Tuesday, October 5th
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Renaissance Nashville Hotel

Honorary Chair: Clark & Kevin Byard
Co-Chairs: Kelley & Blair Durham & Karen & Brian Vingelen

What's the Forgiveness Luncheon?

Our signature event that raises awareness for its innovative programs and gives the community an opportunity to financially support our mission, contributing members of society.

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Father Jack Sponsor - $25,000
  • Second Chance Sponsor - $15,000
  • Impact Sponsor - $10,000
  • Justice Sponsor - $5,000
  • Corporate Table Host - $2,500

To reserve a sponsorship, please contact LoLita Toney at ltoney@dismas.org.

Past Forgiveness Luncheons

Have attracted 700 attendees annually and speakers such as Nashville Entrepeneur, Robert Sherrill, 1st Round NFL Quarterback Ryan Leaf, Former Nashville Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean & Sheriff Daron Hall to name a few.

2020

Our Annual Forgiveness Luncheon was held virtually on Tuesday, September 29th. The keynote speaker was Robert Sherrill, founder of Imperial Cleaning Systems and CEO of The D.R.E.A.M. (Decreasing Recidivism through Education And Mentorship) Initiative, and he shared his message of hope and renewal. We also heard remarks by Gov. Bill Lee, Sheriff Daron Hall, and Dismas former resident Gary Schwegmann.

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.