Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Society Gala Honors the 2024 Philanthropist and Physician Champion Award Winners

Mar 06, 2024 at 06:47 pm by WGNS News

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – On February 24, 2024, The Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation held its yearly Society Gala, attended by more than 400 guests. The event featured guest speaker Jim Nantz, a highly acclaimed sports commentator and recipient of numerous awards. Jim, a three-time Emmy Award winner and five-time National Sportscaster of the Year, has been with CBS since 1985.

The Seventeenth Annual Society Gala is held annually to express gratitude to donors contributing $1,000 or more within the calendar year to the Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation. During this event, the Foundation recognized exceptional philanthropists, including Beth and Mike Ussery, recipients of the Dr. Liz Rhea Philanthropist Award, and Dr. Christopher Dunlap, honored with the ASTR Foundation Physician Champion Award.


“Gratitude filled our hearts as we reflect on the support from our incredible community, who wholeheartedly believe in our mission,” said Gina DeJean, Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation Director. Throughout this past year, the generous funds we receive ensures that everyone in our community will have access to spiritually-centered care for years to come. As we gathered to express our deepest thanks to our donors, we recognized that their contributions are the essence of our foundation. Without their dedication and generosity, our vital work would not be possible. The evening was a joyous celebration of the profound impact made possible by these remarkable individuals."

For more information on the Foundation or to join the Rutherford Society, please contact Gina DeJean at 615- 396-4809 or visit our website:

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