Benefit Dinner

The Annual Benefit Dinner is one of the highlights of the year for Freed-Hardeman University. The Benefit Dinner provides supporters with an opportunity to not only help bridge the financial gap that many students face with rising tuition costs, but also to hear one of the nation’s leading personalities and entertainers. 

The 2020 Benefit Dinner is set for Friday, December 4, and will feature actor, humanitarian, and advocate for America's servicemen and women Gary Sinise.

If you have questions or concerns, please email your thoughts to the Vice President for Community Engagement, Dave Clouse at dclouse@fhu.edu .

 

Schedule: 

5:00pm - 7:00pm        Dinner in Various Locations

5:30pm - 7:00pm        VIP Dinner

6:30pm - 7:15pm        Photo Session in Brewer Sports Center (must have photo pass)

7:30pm                       Program Begins in Loyd Auditorium



 

Level
Dinner Tickets  Dinner Location Loyd Seats     Photo Pass 
Naming Sponsor
($100,000+)
6
14
HBS Academic Resource Center
Brewer Sports Center Arena     
6 Floor
14 Balcony    
6 people

Underwriter
($50,000-99,999)
6
14
HBS Academic Resource Center
Brewer Sports Center Arena
6 Floor
14 Balcony
6 people

Corporate
($20,000-49,999)
6
4
HBS Academic Resource Center
Brewer Sports Center Arena
6 Floor
4 Balcony
6 people

Platinum
($10,000-19,999)
10

Brown-Kopel Business Center Lobby 
4 Floor
6 Balcony
2 people

Crystal
($5,000-9,999)
8

Brewer Sports Center Arena

4 Floor
4 Balcony 
2 people

Diamond
($3,000-4,999)
4

Brewer Sports Center Arena

4 Floor

2 people

Gold
($1,200-2,999)
4

Brewer Sports Center Arena

4 Floor

 
Silver
($600-1,199)
2

Brewer Sports Center
Auxiliary Gym
2 Balcony

 
General Admission    
($150 per person)  
1

Wallace-Gano Dining Hall

Balcony
 
 


 

 

Previous Benefit Dinner Speakers

 

2019

 

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

 

1991

 

Willard Scott

2018

 

Scott Hamilton

 

1990

 

Gene Stallings

2017

 

Tim Tebow

 

1989

 

Jerry Clower

2016

 

Peyton Manning

 

1988

      

Edwin Newman 

2015

     

Kent Brantly

                              

1987

      

Paul Harvey, Jr.

2014

     

Ben Carson

                             

1986  

 

Arkady Shevchenko

2013

 

Laura Bush*

 

1985

 

Gerald Ford

2012 

 

Condoleezza Rice

 

1984

 

Howard K. Smith

2011 

 

Bob Newhart

 

1983

 

Paul B. Faulkner 

2010

 

George W. Bush

 

1982

 

Zig Ziglar

2009

 

Mike Huckabee

 

1981

 

James A. Lovell

2008

 

Tim Conway

 

1980

 

Art Linkletter

2007

 

Tom Brokaw 

 

1979

 

Paul Harvey

2006

 

Cal Ripken, Jr.

 

1978

 

Willard Collins

2005

 

Barbara Bush

 

1977

 

Ira North

2004

 

Walter Cronkite

 

1976

 

Thomas B. Warren

2003

 

Bill Frist

 

1975

 

Don Gardner

2002

 

Regis Philbin

 

1974

 

Clifton Ganus

2001

 

Norman Schwarzkopf

 

1973

 

George Benson

2000

 

George Bush

 

1972

 

George Bailey

1999

 

James Earl Jones

 

1971

 

Abe Plough

1998

 

Elizabeth Dole

 

1970

 

Chester H. Lauch

1997

 

Fred Thompson

 

1968

 

James O. Baird

1996

 

Sam Donaldson

 

1968

 

Ira North

1995

 

Archie Manning

 

1967

 

Jimmy Allen

1994

 

Tom Landry

 

1966

 

V.P. Black

1993

 

Mary Lou Retton

 

1965

 

Jim Bill McInteer

1992

 

Merlin Olsen

 

 

 

 

 

* Laura Bush was unable to attend due to winter weather.