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Public invited to Motlow College Foundation Gala and Preview Party

Motlow College Foundation presents the Motlow Gala Pictured above are, from left, James Fuller, Vice President of Southern Community Bank; Bill Yoder, President and CEO of Southern Community Bank; Dr. Tony Kinkel, President of Motlow State Community College; Lane Yoder, Director of the Motlow College Foundation; Jeff Arnett, Master Distiller for Jack Daniel's Distillery; and Steve May, Director of Marketing Operations for Jack Daniel's Distillery. Motlow State Community College photo.

LYNCHBURG, TN (Feb. 27, 2017) — An amazing night is being planned for guests attending the 25th Annual Motlow Gala, with many new and exciting elements being introduced this year. The Motlow Gala is hosted by the Motlow College Foundation, the fundraising arm of Motlow State Community College, and proceeds from the Motlow Gala help the Foundation provide financial assistance to Motlow students and help the College with creating new educational programs and building new facilities.

The Gala will be held on Saturday, March 25, at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center and starts this year at 5:30 p.m. Guests will be greeted upon a red carpet arrival with Prosecco, and passed hors d'oeuvres during the social hour while they enjoy perusing all of the wonderful donated silent auction items. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and there will be a brief program where Motlow President Dr. Tony Kinkel will have the honor of bestowing two alumni awards; the Distinguished Alumni Award, and new this year, The One to Watch Award, which will recognize a younger alum.

This year the Motlow College Foundation will host a live auction featuring a limited number of items, and at the conclusion of the live auction the band Utopia will kick off a night of dancing. "We are so excited about all of the new elements we are planning for our guests this year, said Lane Yoder, director of the Motlow College Foundation. "Our goal and desire is to create for them a very special and memorable evening."

In addition to the new evening features and the new alumni award, the Motlow Gala has two new sponsors this year – Jack Daniels Distillery and Southern Community Bank – and one new event. "We are thrilled both of these companies have come alongside the Foundation in a generous and meaningful way to sponsor the Gala. We couldn't be happier and are most appreciative," Yoder added.

New this year is also a pre-Gala event, the Motlow Gala Preview Cocktail Party, which will be held on Saturday, March 11, at the Motlow House Events Center in Tullahoma from 6-8 p.m.

"The idea behind this new event is to elevate the excitement about the Motlow Gala by having a type of reveal party for the live auction items," stated Yoder. Guests will enjoy cocktails and a buffet, as well as music by area musicians. Student Ambassadors from Motlow State will be participating in both the Motlow Gala as well as the Preview Party, so guests will have an opportunity to interact with students.

Tickets to the Preview Party are $50 per person and the deadline to purchase is Friday, March 3. Tickets to the Motlow Gala are $100 per person and the deadline to purchase is Friday, March 18. Tickets can be purchased online and auction items viewed by visiting