You are cordially invited to join us at the Gala Dinner on Friday evening, Jan. 25 from 7-10 p.m. This annual social event features a guest speaker, a special award presentation, musical entertainment and a fabulous dinner.
Our guest speaker this year will be Tipper Gore. As an advocate for children around the world, the plight of the homeless and mental health issues, Gore has turned her opportunity to reach millions, as the wife of former Vice President Al Gore, into a message for hope and a call to activism.
She served as the Mental Health Policy Advisor to President Bill Clinton, and in 1999, chaired the first-ever White House Conference on Mental Health. In 1990, she founded Tennessee Voices for Children, a coalition to promote the development of services for children and youth with serious behavioral, emotional, substance abuse or other mental health problems. She also served as co-chair of the Child Mental Health Interest Group, a non-partisan group of congressional and administration spouses.
A longtime advocate for the homeless, Gore co-founded and chaired Families for the Homeless in 1986, and also forged a partnership with the National Mental Health Association to produce a major photographic exhibit entitled "Homeless in America: A Photographic Project," which toured the nation.
During the administration, Gore served as co-chair of "America Goes Back To School," an initiative launched by the Department of Education to work with students, parents and teachers to help promote a better learning environment among our nation's children.
In 1996, she published "Picture This, A Visual Diary," a personal photographic representation of life as wife of the vice president.
She co-founded Parents' Music Resource Center in 1985 to promote parental and consumer awareness of themes in popular entertainment marketed to children. As part of that effort, she authored her first book, "Raising PG Kids in an X-Rated Society," a guide to parenting and the media.