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Saturday, August 20, 2016
Chattanooga Convention Center

Kevin Costner & Modern West to Headline StarNight 2016

Siskin Children’s Institute is excited to announce that Kevin Costner & Modern West will headline StarNight 2016. The event, co-chaired by Bill and Mary Kilbride, will be held on Saturday, August 20 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. StarNight, Chattanooga’s premier gala event now in its 54th year, supports Siskin Children’s Institute’s efforts on behalf of children with special needs and their families.

The famed actor and director of Oscar nominated films including Field of Dreams, Dances with Wolves, The Bodyguard and JFK, among others, and the acclaimed History Channel mini-series, Hatfields & McCoys, will headline StarNight 2016 with his band, Kevin Costner & Modern West, a rock/country band formed with encouragement from Costner’s wife. The group, who began touring worldwide in October 2007, is made up primarily of Kevin Costner, Blair Forward, John Coinman, Teddy Morgan, Larry Cobb, Park Chisolm, with occasional guests Roddy Chong, Bobby Yang, and Luke Bulla. “I always thought that music could build a stronger, more personal moment for me. It would create the opportunity for a genuine exchange much greater than the movie, TV interview or magazine,” Costner says. 

The band released its first album, Untold Truths in 2008, followed by their second album Turn It On in 2010. Shortly after, Kevin Costner & Modern West toured Europe with the album charting in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Greece.  From Where I Stand, the bands third album was released in 2011 and included vocals from the German pop singer Nena. Kevin Costner & Modern West continue to tour, playing shows across the United States and abroad. 

Bill and Mary Kilbride will serve as this year’s event co-chairs. “We’re excited to have Bill and Mary as this year’s StarNight co-chairs”, says Institute President and CEO, John Farrimond. “With such a long history of supporting philanthropic causes in the Chattanooga area,we couldn’t be more proud to have them on our team for StarNight.” 


Meet the Co-Chairs
Bill and Mary Kilbride

Born and raised on Long Island, NY, Bill worked on Wall Street in the financial services industry after college largely in the corporate planning arena. Mary was raised in northern Kentucky and after completing her CPA worked in investor relations and securities research also in New York.  An opportunity to move from the service industry to manufacturing brought Bill and his family to Chattanooga in 1992.  For 22 years Bill served as a divisional president for Mohawk Industries and also as its first Global Chief Sustainability Officer until his retirement in 2014.  In 2014 Bill became president of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.  Since 1992 Mary has served on the boards of or in advisory positions for dozens of non-profit organizations including The Baylor School, Bright School, WTCI, ArtsBuild, The Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga, The Chattanooga Area Food Bank, United Way, The Association of Visual Artists/Four Bridges and Friends of the Festival/Riverbend. Bill and Mary have three grown daughters – Sara in Charleston, Hannah in Nashville, and Addie a senior at Auburn University.


Siskin Children’s Institute’s StarNight began 54 years ago as a fundraiser for the Siskin Memorial Foundation’s 365 Club and has evolved into the
premier black-tie event in Chattanooga. This highly anticipated late summer show features a prominent entertainer each year with a star-studded mix of legendary favorites and rising stars.The evening includes a cocktail reception, elegant dinner, performance by a first class entertainer and after party with DJ music and dancing. Past entertainers have included Tony Bennett, Dinah Shore, LeAnn Rimes, Emmylou Harris, Kenny Rogers, Three Mo’ Tenors, Hootie and the Blowfish, Sugarland,  Colbie Caillat and The Band Perry

StarNight is the Institute’s largest fundraising event and, as Chattanooga’s premier annual gala, attracts nearly 1,500 people. All proceeds from the benefit the children and families served by Siskin Children’s Institute.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Linda McReynolds for more information.  

Check out pictures from last year's event featuring The Band Perry!