Dismas House Announces Forgiveness Luncheon Co-Chairs

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Dismas House of Nashville, one of the largest residential reentry programs in Tennessee, has announced its co-chairs for its signature fundraiser, the Forgiveness Luncheon.  The co-chairs of the 2022 event are Eric E. Brown, Jr., Diane Hayes, Gary Everton, and Robert C. Sherrill. This year’s co-chairs span a variety of industries, but each shares a passion for the work of Dismas House.

Brown, Jr., is a politico, community organizer, cultural ethicist, Hip Hop enthusiast, and writer. He is the Principal and CEO of Serpent & Dove Strategies while Hayes recently retired as the Executive Director of Young Leaders Council after 25 years and more than 40 years in the public relations field. Everton, Founding Principal of EOA Architects, led some of Nashville’s most prominent projects and Sherrill is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and returned citizen who received a gubernatorial pardon in 2019 and a presidential pardon two years later.

The Forgiveness Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. This year’s keynote remarks will be given by Dr. William “Fry” Arnold, Jr. He will be sharing about the trials and triumphs in his journey to reentry. After being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to 25 years, Arnold worked to overturn his conviction. After spending six years and nine months in prison, an Appellate Court overturned his conviction, vacated his sentence, and dismissed all charges in February 2020. This life experience birthed a renewed sense of calling to help practitioners and system leaders actualize systemic change through policy interrogation, analysis, re-visioning, and development.

Dr. Arnold now serves as the Director of the Office of Reentry for the state of Tennessee. He also founded Arnold Diversity and is also a Research Advisor for the See Change Institute.

The annual Forgiveness Luncheon raises funds to support the organization’s Four Pillars of Programming: Basic Needs, Health & Well-Being, Life Skills, and Legal Support.

To become a sponsor of the 2022 Forgiveness Luncheon or serve as a table host, visit https://www.dismas.org/events/forgiveness-luncheon or contact Jessica Guzman at jguzman@dismas.org .