Calder Willingham

Event Couple

  • Clay and Gina Crumbliss


  • Lynn Wilkins Crabtree
  • Lisa Wilkins Felker
  • Gregsby and Katie Gibbs
  • Phoebe Willingham Gribben
  • Mark Hampton
  • Franklin and Emmy Haney
  • Katye Jones
  • Betsy W. LaPoint
  • Rachel Crabtree Mucciolo
  • George Mullinix
  • Dan Pino
  • Stephen and Sally Ratterman
  • Luisa Chamberlin-Rymer
  • Tim and Lisa Strait
  • Christy Striker
  • Jeromy Stroud
  • Catherine Watjen
  • Arch and Christine Willingham
  • Michael and DeAnna Willingham
  • Jim and Peg Willingham

Sponsored by:

MDA ALS Division

Holly Vaughn-Carroll

Franklin Haney Company
VW Chattanooga
Wilkins Research Services, LLC
News Channel 9
Chattanooga CityScope
Chattanooga HealthScope
Everyday Heroes Gala

An Evening Celebrating and Supporting ALS Research

Saturday, April 27,2013 • 6:30 p.m.


Black Tie Optional • Cocktails and Dinner
Music and Dancing with Bobby and the Aristocats

Bobby and the Aristocats

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is proud to invite you to be a part of the third annual Everyday Heroes Gala. The Gala is an evening celebrating and supporting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research, and honoring all of our fallen heroes, as well as those heroes who are currently battling ALS.

Clay and Gina Crumbliss

This year’s Gala will be hosted by Event Couple Clay and Gina Crumbliss, and a team of community leaders and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The event was created in loving memory of one of our own local heroes, Calder Willingham, who lost his battle with ALS shortly after being diagnosed. One of Calder’s wishes was for his family and friends to enhance ALS awareness in the Chattanooga community, as well as to raise funds for research to help find a cure. The proceeds from this year’s event will greatly impact the lives of local individuals, just like Calder, and families living with ALS.

Commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS attacks the nerve cells that control muscles, ultimately resulting in paralysis of all voluntary muscles, including those used for breathing. Average life expectancy for people with the disease is three to five years after diagnosis.

Today, ALS is a death sentence. It knows no boundaries — demographic, geographic, racial, or socioeconomic — and there is no known cure.

Funds raised at the Gala are earmarked to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s ALS Division, which leads the worldwide search for better treatments and a cure for ALS.

ALS has a face. It has many faces. We need to find a cause, then a cure and finally a way to stop this devastating disease.

We hope you will join us in this opportunity to make a difference.


For overnight accommodations, contact:
The Chattanoogan Hotel
(423) 756-3400

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Everyday Heroes Gala for MDA

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