Forgiveness Luncheon

The Forgiveness Luncheon is Dismas House’s signature event that raises awareness for our innovative programs and gives the community an opportunity to financially support our mission of improving lives and strengthening communities by providing the formerly incarcerated with holistic reentry programming that breaks the cycle of incarceration.

Table Host Registration

Forgiveness Luncheon 2021

Tuesday, October 5th
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Renaissance Nashville Hotel

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Remington Richardson

Emcee: Lelan Statom
Honorary Chair: Clark & Kevin Byard
Co-Chairs: Kelley & Blair Durham and Karen & Brian Vingelen

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Father Jack Sponsor – $25,000
  • Second Chance Sponsor – $15,000
  • Impact Sponsor – $10,000
  • Justice Sponsor – $5,000
  • Corporate Table Host – $2,500

To reserve a sponsorship, please contact LoLita Toney, Vice President of Development, at

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 cases in our community and will modify Forgivenesses Luncheon plans accordingly to ensure the safety of our guests.

Last Year’s Event

Our 2020 Forgiveness Luncheon was held virtually on Tuesday, September 29. The keynote speaker was Robert Sherrill, founder of Imperial Cleaning Systems and CEO of The D.R.E.A.M. (Decreasing Recidivism through Education And Mentorship) Initiative. Robert knows first-hand the challenges former offenders face upon reentering society. As a young man, Robert’s chosen path led him to the federal penitentiary where he vowed to make a change for his family and himself.

And what a change he made. Not only did Robert become an entrepreneur, but he launched “Imperial Cares” to provide jobs and internships to area residents who are displaced or enrolled in a post-incarceration community reentry program. His work as an entrepreneur, influencer, and community figure has been recognized across Middle Tennessee with a long list of honors. Robert is also a graduate of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Catalyst Program.

We were also privileged to hear remarks from Governor Bill Lee, Sheriff Daron Hall, and former Dismas residents.