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AUGUST 24 | CHatt Convention Center

About StarNight

 What began as a fundraiser has transformed into the premier black-tie event of Chattanooga. The evening includes a cocktail reception, elegant dinner, concert performance by a first class entertainer, and after party with live band and dancing.  

This highly anticipated late summer show features a prominent entertainer each year with a star-studded mix of legendary favorites and rising stars. Past entertainers have included Tony Bennett, Dinah Shore, LeAnn Rimes, Emmylou Harris, Kenny Rogers, Three Mo’ Tenors, Hootie and the Blowfish, Sugarland, Colbie Caillat, The Band Perry, Kevin Costner and Modern West, Sheila E., and LOCASH. 

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


Meet the Co-chairs

Alnoor and Gina Dhanani

Alnoor Dhanani is the President and C.E.O. of The Double Cola Company, a part of the K. J. Group of Companies. Double-Cola is a 90 year old company that was founded in Chattanooga, TN and still maintains its headquarters here. Alnoor has extensive experience in international business, having negotiated investment and licensing agreements in several countries around the world.

Co-chairs interact with childrenCo-chairs interact with children
Co-chairs interact with children

In the course of these negotiations, he has worked closely with local governments and with public and private sector institutions. Alnoor has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Schiller College (London) and has also attended the MSBA graduate program of Boston University. Alnoor has been involved with several community organizations United Way, Metropolitan YMCA, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, and UTC among others.

Gina Dhanani is the Chief Operating Officer of The Double Cola Company. She has been with The Double Cola Company since 2004, and has been extremely influential in leading the company’s growth over the last several years. She has shown true vision for the company through the planning and execution of new products, such as QUAD Energy, MINOKU Coconut Water, and ZILI Tea—products that have expanded the company’s traditional product offering for the first time in 90+ years. As a mother of four, Gina has a heart for advocating for children and practices this through volunteering her time with several local non-profits. Gina holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an MBA from Auburn University. She is also a graduate of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Chattanooga and Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute’s Women Mentoring Women. In 2009, Gina was recognized in City Scope Magazine’s Gold Club, featuring 30 influential business leaders in the community, and was featured in Chatter Magazine’s “20 under 40” in 2018. 

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

CHeck out our

2018 event gallery   

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Award handed out
Women enjoy the show
Guests with Locash
Two couples smile

StarNight 2018 was made possible thanks to our loyal partners. 

Supporting partners

First Tennessee Bank
Helen Pregulman
Shire Facial Plastic Surgery/ Amy & Robert Snetman
EMJ Corporation
First Tennessee Bank
Gerber/Taylor Management Company
James C. Robinson
Movita W. Steiner
Noon Management
SunTrust Bank

Robert and Pris Siskin
W.R. Grace
Merrill Lynch/ Irv Pressman
Siskin Steel & Supply Company
ACT Business Machines, Inc.
Brock Insurance Agency, Inc.
Helen Pregulman
Henderson, Hutcherson, & McCullough, PLLC
Husch Blackwell LLP
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Rone Regency Jewelers