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Possibilities 2014 with Col. Greg Gadson

Siskin Hospital's 11th Annual Possibilities Luncheon was held Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. 

This record-breaking event raised nearly $150,000, all of which goes to Siskin Hospital's charity care patients in need! THANK YOU for your support and generosity!

More than 500 people heard Colonel Greg Gadson's inspirational story at Possibilities 2015! Although we planned for more than 800, it was an INCREDIBLE turnout considering Chattanooga's wintery weather that day. 

If the snow kept you from attending, you'll be glad to know your lunch did not go to waste. Prepared meals were boxed and donated to the Chattanooga Community Kitchen to help feed those in need.

To view pictures from Possibilities 2014, please visit our Facebook page:

We were honored to have Boofie and Ryan Crimmins serve as the 2014 Co-Chairs! We also thank our dedicated Steering Committee for their support and fundraising efforts. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors! We appreciate your support of Possibilities 2014 and Siskin Hospital!! 

Premier Event Sponsor for 11 Years - Unum
Presenting Speaker Sponsor - Hamico Inc.
Principal Press Sponsor - Chattanooga Times Free Press
Primary Broadcast Sponsor - Brewer Media

Portrait of Courage Sponsor- IBEW 175
Promise of Hope Sponsor- Jo Ann Yates
Audio Visual Sponsor- Jack McKee
Supporter of Education, Programs, and Services for Charity Care Patients- SunTrust Foundation


Platinum Table Sponsors
Robert O. Best
George Johnson Foundation
Lawson Electric Company
Cleta and Robert Main
Miller & Martin
Pris & Robert Siskin
Kim & Zach Wamp

Crystal Table Sponsors
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Boofie & Ryan Crimmins
Joseph E. Davenport, III
First Tennessee Bank
Henderson & Gouger, PLLC
Ben Landress
Anita Levine
Linda Knudson Lind
Sherryl Oellerich
Helen Pregulman
Regions Bank
Jo Ann Yates

Patron Table Sponsors
Ace Hardware
Alexian Brothers Senior Ministries
Debby Alper (In Memory of Maxine Alper)
Carol & Jim Arnhart
BB&T Huffaker & Trimble
Claire S. Binder
Russ Blakely & Associates
Blood Assurance
Debbie & Mike Brown
CapitalMark Bank & Trust
Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Chattanooga Labeling Systems
Chattanooga Land Company/ Friend of Siskin Hospital
Chattanooga City Council/ Mayor's Office, City of Chattanooga
Cornerstone Community Bank
Joseph Decosimo & Company, PLLC
Electric Motor Sales
Epilepsy Foundation
Erlanger Health System
FSG Bank
Fletcher Bright Company
Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon, PLLC
Henderson, Hutcherson & McCullough, PLLC
Lynn Hochman
Hospice of Chattanooga
J. Smith Lanier & Co.
Nancy Jolley
Betty & Charles Lebovitz
MJ Levine/ Amelia Allen
Mrs. Thomas A. Lupton, Jr. 
Matheney & Stees
Betsy & Stan McCright
Memorial Hospital
Donna & Marshal Mize
National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History
Patten & Patten, Inc.
River Street Architecture / Humphreys & Associates
Lynda & Jim Sattler
Service Electric Company
Carol Sim
Siskin Children's Institute
Siskin Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists
Siskin Steel & Supply
St. Barnabas Healthcare Center
Tennessee American Water
Dr. Liz Kennedy Thomas
University Surgical Associates
UTC- Office of the Chancellor
UTC- College of Health, Education and Professional Studies
Vision Hospital Group 

The 2014 Possibilities Luncheon's featured guest speaker was Colonel Gregory Gadson!

As a 25-year career United States Army Officer, Colonel Greg Gadson’s life is a portrait of courage in the face of great adversity.

Colonel Gregory Gadson began his military career when he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant of Field Artillery in 1989 from West Point. He has served in every major conflict of the past two decades, including Operations Desert Shield/Storm in Kuwait, Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Colonel Gadson’s awards include the Legion of Merit, 3 Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal. He is a graduate of Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He holds master's degrees in Information Systems from Webster University and in Policy Management from Georgetown University. He also holds an honorary Doctorate of Law from Webster University.

In May 2007, as commander of the 2nd Battalion, 32 Field Artillery, Colonel Gadson’s greatest challenge came in Iraq, where an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack cost him both legs above the knees and badly damaged his right arm and hand.

Refusing to be defined by the proverbial “hail of bullets,” Colonel Gadson has drawn upon the lessons of Pride, Poise and Team learned as a West Point linebacker, and applied them to his life, career, and family. Colonel Gadson remained on active duty in the Army and continued to inspire many with his message of courage, perseverance, determination, and teamwork.

In 2007, New York Giants Assistant Coach and Colonel Gadson’s former West Point teammate, Mike Sullivan, asked him to meet with the then-struggling football team.

Colonel Gadson talked to the players about service, teamwork, duty, perseverance, and adversity. He has mentored the Giants since then by serving as an Honorary Team Captain.

He became part of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Internship program at Georgetown in 2008, only a year after his injury. After graduating from the program, this decorated war hero served as Director of the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program.

Colonel Gadson also played the role of a wounded Army veteran in the Sci-Fi movie, Battleship, released in 2012.

On June 25, 2012, Colonel Gadson again became a leader our nation’s military as a Garrison Commander of Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He oversees the daily operations of the strategic sustaining base where more than 50,000 military personnel serve the Department of Defense.

Colonel Gadson, a married father of two teenagers, has continued to lead and inspire the Soldiers and nation by being a living representation of the Army Values- “Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage.”

“We’re not just surviving horrific injuries, we can actually have an expected quality of life that’s unprecedented. My story is very public and the vast majority is not public, but they’re living and thriving like me.” - Colonel Greg Gadson