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Bessie Smith Cultural Center 30th Anniversary

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center will honor three outstanding community leaders at their 30th Anniversary Luncheon on Tuesday, February 4 at 11:30 am the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Chattanooga. Judy Smith, Co-Executive Producer of ABC’s political thriller series, Scandal, and President of crisis communications firm, Smith & Company, will serve as the keynote speaker.

The Chattanooga pioneers who will be saluted and honored at the luncheon are:

Ruth HOlmberg B&W

Ruth Holmberg


Rayburn Traughber

Edna Varner Photo 2013

Edna Varner

Each leader has made contributions to enrich the African American culture of the Greater Chattanooga Area. The honorees have also played pivotal roles in building relationships, creating a positive sense of community and made significant contributions in education.

“It is with great pleasure that we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center by paying tribute to three extraordinary leaders who have accomplished so much for our community,” said Rose Martin, President of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. “We encourage the community to attend the luncheon to help us celebrate the accomplishments, achievements, and selfless acts of service made by Ruth Holmberg, Rayburn Traughber, and Edna Varner.”

Tables are currently available for purchase along with a limited number of tickets for general seating. To purchase tickets, tables and to learn more about corporate sponsorships – including an exclusive meet-and-greet with Judy Smith, call 423.266.8658 or visit www.bessieturns30.eventbrite.com .