Celebrate Awards

Thank you for joining us for a night of nonprofit magic and celebration! See below for our five winners and photo gallery.

Our Winners are Here!

Chattanooga Symphony & Opera

Live United, not Divided Winner

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera is on a mission to make classical music inclusive and accessible to all. They reach over 16,000 individuals annually with free performances in nursing homes, hospitals, libraries, and more. As Hamilton County School partners, they also provide music education for schools that don’t have a music program.

LIFT Youth Center

Innovation in Action Winner

At LIFT, every child is celebrated. Their free, drop-in after-school programs offer a wealth of workshops and development opportunities for 6th-12th graders in Catoosa County. Despite being only three years old, LIFT has flourished, now reaching nearly 400 students, with plans underway to open a second LIFT Youth Center in 2024!

Note: Board member Marlin Gines accepted the award as LIFT had a previous commitment.

Rachel Gammon, Northside Neighborhood House

Nonprofit Leader of the Year

For over 25 years, Rachel has been a pivotal leader at Northside Neighborhood House, guiding the organization through transformative growth. As she prepares to retire, the organization also celebrates 100 years of service enhanced by her vision. Her compassionate and servant leadership will leave a lasting legacy for future generations of changemakers.

Stacey Keating

Volunteer of the Year

Stacey is an exceptionally dedicated volunteer, gifting her time and passion to over 20 organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, where she has served as a Big for over a decade. She leads with empathy and draws people in, always ready to roll up her sleeves and jump in without question. She embodies a true servant leader.

Note: Stacey was unable to make the ceremony. Her award will be delivered to her!

La Paz Chattanooga

Nonprofit Organization of the Year

La Paz is a leading organization promoting inclusion of the Hispanic and Latino community in Southeast Tennessee. La Paz opened its doors in 2004 and is proud to be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The team has grown from 1 part-time employee to 11 today, and they truly represent the individuals they serve, allowing them to build deep connections in the community.

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