Seeking The Region’s Best: CSCC’s Fifth Annual Community First Awards and Gala

Seeking The Region’s Best: CSCC’s Fifth Annual Community First Awards and Gala

Thursday, October 10, 2019 12:00 AM
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(Cleveland, TN) – The nomination period for the Fifth Annual Community First Awards and Gala will open to the public Monday. Cleveland State Community College will be seeking nominations for the annual tribute to those who have made their lives about serving their communities first. With this fifth annual event, Cleveland State will honor those who have stood out in their work and their lives as leaders in caring for those around them.

Sponsored by SouthEast Bank, the Community First Awards and Gala event will be held March 19, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in Cleveland State’s L. Quentin Lane Center. Dinner will be served and tickets will be made available for purchase prior to the event.

Nominations will be sought in nine different categories: Arts, Business, Education, Public Service, Volunteer Service, Non-Profit Leadership, Healthcare, Student Leadership, and Philanthropy. Nominations are open to the public. The nomination form is available online at through November 15. Winners in each category will be announced prior to the event. The Community First Person of the Year honor will not be unveiled until the night of the gala.

Anyone who lives in Cleveland State’s five-county service area (Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, or Polk County, Tennessee) is eligible to receive a Community First Award. If you would like more details on the nomination process, or the event itself, please contact Cindy Dawson with the Cleveland State Foundation at 423.614.8700 or email her at

CSCC is the College System of Tennessee’s College of the Year for 2019. The local institution received the Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition, or SOAR, Award after being named the College of the Year honor during an awards ceremony last March.

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving more than 110,000 students.


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