TJC Celebrates 20 Years of Service

Fall 2015 Admission Ceremony

TJC Executive Director Michele Johnson and Board Chair Mike Abelow welcome guests to the sold out event. 


NASHVILLE, November 12, 2015 — The Tennessee Justice Center celebrated 20 years of service and inducted the organization’s founders into the “TJC Hall of Fame” at an event tonight at the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville. Nearly 400 people attended. The honored TJC founders were: Margaret Behm, Mike Cody, Harlan Dodson, Harris Gilbert, Riney Green, David Herbert, Lowry Kline, Howard Vogel and Ashley Wiltshire.

Former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell served as master of ceremonies for the event, which also featured remarks from TJC clients and volunteers, including Board Chair Mike Abelow and immediate past Chair Rebecca McKelvey Castañeda. Over $20,000 was raised during a unique portion of the event as guests were given the opportunity to donate via text message and see the totals tally in real time.

The event also featured a video, "TJC Voices: Looking Back on 20 Years," with profiles of clients served over the past two decades. The Tennessee Justice Center works to secure the basic necessities of life, including health care, for Tennessee’s most vulnerable children and families.

See more photos from the event on TJC's Facebook Page

(Photos by Liz Todaro and Barry Kolar of the TBA.)

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

Charlie Warfield, David Wicker and Rebecca McKelvey Castañeda

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

University of Tennessee Law School students and alumni

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

Deborah Farringer, TBA Access to Justice Committee Chair John Farringer, Tyler Yarbro and Tennessee State Senator Jeff Yarbro. 

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

TJC staff and supporters at the TJC Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary Celebration. 

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

Michele Johnson and supporters at the TJC Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary Celebration. 

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

TJC Hall of Fame Inductees Harris Gilbert and Riney Green. 

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

Billye Sanders and Marcy Eason.

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

Boy Scout Troop 11 presented the colors.

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

Supporters at the TJC Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry (center) with TJC supporters at the Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

TJC Hall of Fame inductee Margaret Behm and Wendy Longmire.

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

TJC speaker James Martin and daughter.

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

TJC Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary Celebration Master of Ceremonies and TJC storyteller Bill Purcell.

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

Matthew Wiltshire and Crissy Wieck Welhoelter.

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

Ashley Wiltshire, Susan Wiltshire and Bill Purcell

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

During the event, supporters were invited to text donations to TJC and totals were viewed in real time. 

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

TJC Hall of Fame inductee Ashley Wiltshire is presented with his award. 

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

Kay Caudle, Charles Grant and Nancy Flynn.

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

Supporters at the TJC Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary Celebration. 

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

TBA President Bill Harbison and U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper. 

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

Supporters at the TJC Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary Celebration with former senator Roy Herron.

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

Chris Dunn shares his pro bono experience at the event.

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

Supporters at the TJC Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

TJC Board Member Alex MacKay and Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Connie Clark.

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

Hedy Weinberg, Helia Rethmann and Abby Rubenfeld.

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

Marlene Moses, Robert Moses and Rebecca McKelvey Castañeda.

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

Live musical entertainment at the TJC reception. 

Tennessee Justice Center 20th Anniversary

Michele Johnson and guests enjoy the TJC photo booth. 

Fall 2015 Admission Ceremony

TJC staff following the celebration. 

 

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