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Annual Benefit Dinner Expected to Raise More than $1 Million for Scholarships

Henderson, Tennessee - Dec 04, 2018

Freed-Hardeman University’s 54th Annual Benefit Dinner Friday night, Dec. 7, is expected to once again gross more than $1 million for scholarships, according to Dave Clouse, vice president for community engagement.

“We look forward to hosting more than 2,000 donors, alumni and friends for this event,” Clouse said. “This will mark the 18th consecutive year that this event has generated more than $1 million to assist students with their educations.” He expects the 2018 dinner to top $1.2 million.

Olympic gold medalist, philanthropist and author Scott Hamilton will be the featured speaker for the evening. Hamilton has won 70 titles, awards and honors including a Gold Medal in 1984 at the Saravejo Olympics. He is a member of the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

Since retiring from competition, Hamilton has been an analyst, commentator, performer, producer and best-selling author. He inspires others as a speaker, humanitarian and survivor of both brain cancer and a pituitary brain tumor.

After losing his mother to cancer and surviving it himself, Hamilton became an activist. He launched the Scott Hamilton CARES (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) Foundation and founded and the 4th Angel Mentoring Program.  Events such as An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends and Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer also raise funds for cancer research.

Hamilton has written three books: “Landing It: My Life On and Off the Ice” (1999), “The Great Eight: How to Be Happy (even when you have every reason to be miserable)” (2009) and the recently released “Finish First: Winning Changes Everything.”

“Those who attend the dinner not only help students, they also enjoy a fine meal prepared by FHU’s new dining service, entertainment by current and former FHU students and Hamilton’s incredible personal story of triumph,” Clouse said.

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