Lelan Statom Announced as Emcee for Dismas House Forgiveness Luncheon

September 13, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Dismas House of Nashville, one of the largest reentry programs in Tennessee, celebrates the selection of this year’s host of the organization’s signature fundraiser, the Forgiveness Luncheon. The emcee of the 2021 event is Emmy Award winning meteorologist Lelan Statom.

Statom has been a trusted television presence in Middle Tennessee since 1993 with the NewsChannel5 Network. Readers of the Nashville Scene and The Tennessean have voted him favorite weather anchor in Reader’s Polls for each paper. In addition to his daily on-air duties as the station’s lead meteorologist, Statom helps host NewsChannel 5 This Morning, one of the highest rated local morning newscasts in the country and is a co-host of Talk of the Town, which has been rated among country’s most successful local talk shows. Active in the Nashville community, he serves on numerous boards and speaks to children around Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky about the weather.

The Forgiveness Luncheon will be hosted Tuesday, October 5, 2021, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. This year’s keynote remarks will be given by Dr. Remington Richardson, co-star of the critically acclaimed 2021 Academy Award nominated documentary TIME. The program will also include remarks from community members, residents and Dismas supporters. Guests will learn about the life changing impact the program has on formerly incarcerated men transitioning back into the community.

The Forgiveness Luncheon was created to support the initiatives of Dismas House and its mission of improving lives and strengthening communities by providing the formerly incarcerated with holistic reentry programming that breaks the cycle of incarceration. The annual event raises funds to support the organization’s Four Pillars of Programming: Basic Needs, Health & Well-Being, Life Skills and Legal Support.

In April 2020, Dismas opened its brand new 24,000 square foot, 72-bed campus on Charlotte Avenue which includes 56 beds in the reentry program and 16 in transitional housing.