GLBT Chamber to honor individuals at Champagne Brunch


Nashville’s GLBT Chamber of Commerce will honor seven individuals along with WTVF NewsChannel 5 at a Champagne Brunch on Sunday, June 14.

The Noon event will take place at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and will feature a buffet style lunch that will offer traditional brunch and lunch foods. Tickets for the event are $40.

Winners of the awards were announced on Saturday, May 30, and include the following:

The Maria Salas Entrepreneur of the Year Award: 
The Ownership Group of Tribe, Red and Play Dance bar:  Keith Blaydes, Joe Brown, Todd Roman and David Taylor.
This award is given to someone who visibly support the GLBT community by providing contributions and/or in kind services and other support to nonprofit organizations, political issues, or other community-wide causes and demonstrates excellence and success in business or profession.

The Mark Lee Taylor Community Service Award:
Ms. Pam Wheeler, president of Nashville Pride, and co-host of Out & About Today TV show on NewsChannel 5+
This award is given to an individual or organizaiton that demonstrates leadership that benefits the GLBT community by having created or contributed significantly to the success of one or more local non-profit organizations. Demonstrates a commitment to GLBT community by inspiring community-wide support. Openly support issues that affect the spirit, pride and diversity of gay men, lesbians, transgender and/or bisexual people.

The Samuel L Felker Integrity in Business Award:
Mr. Jeremy Davis, managing partner, Brand Banking, Brand Mortgage
This award is given to someone who demonstrates excellence and success in business or profession along with leadership in the community; significant volunteer activities and acts as a positive role model for others.

Corporate Diversity Award:
WTVF NewsChannel 5
This award is presented to a company which openly supports issues and provide benefits that support the health, spirit, pride and diversity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender employees and our community. The inagural award presented last year went to Bridgestone. WTVF NewsChannel 5 launched a host of diversity programming on its cable channel, NewsChannel 5+ (cable channel 50) in 2005, and that included Out & About Today, a news and features show for the GLBT community. The station also provides domestic partner benefits for its employees, a diversity employee committee and a supportive work environment.

President’s Award
This award is given at the discretion of the president, and remains a secret until the event.

Ticketes for the event can be purchased here.


Noon, Sunday, June 14

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, main auditorium 

(919 Broadway in Nashville). View map here.

Champagne Brunch
Attire: Business or Business Casual.
Tickets: $40 for members and $45 for non-members.  Includes admission to the Frist galleries after the program.

Purchase tickets online or mail a check to P.O. Box 330971, Nashville, TN  37203 by June 9. Tickets will be held at the door.