Lelan Statom Returns as Forgiveness Luncheon Emcee

NASHVILLE, TN – Dismas House, one of the largest residential rehabilitation programs in the state of Tennessee, is pleased to announce this year’s host for the agency’s fundraiser, the Forgiveness Luncheon on Tuesday. October 11. Returning to serve as emcee of the 2022 is Emmy Award-winning meteorologist Lelan Statom.

Statom has been a trusted television presence in Middle Tennessee since 1993 with the NewsChannel5 network. Readers from the Nashville and Tennessean scene voted him favorite weatherman in reader polls for each newspaper. In addition to his daily on-air duties as the station’s senior meteorologist, Statom helps host NewsChannel 5 This Morning, one of the nation’s top-rated local newscasts and is a co-host of Talk of the Town. , which was ranked among the most successful local talk shows in the country. Active in the Nashville community, he sits on several boards and talks to kids in central Tennessee and southern Kentucky about the weather.

Statom served as emcee for last year’s Forgiveness Luncheon, which, despite the move to a virtual event, marked Dismas House’s largest fundraising effort in the organization’s history to date.

The 2022 Forgiveness Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, October 11, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.

The Forgiveness Luncheon was created to raise funds to support the initiatives of Dismas House and its mission to improve lives and strengthen communities by providing formerly incarcerated people with a holistic rehabilitation program that breaks the cycle of incarceration. The annual event raises funds to support the organization’s four pillars of programming: basic needs, health and wellbeing, life skills and legal support.

In April 2020, Dismas House opened its new 24,000 square foot, 72 bed campus on Charlotte Avenue. The expansion of its former 8-bed location on Music Row now includes 56 beds in the reintegration program and 16 independent living housing units.

To become a sponsor or serve as a table host for the 2022 Forgiveness Luncheon, contact Jessica Guzman at [email protected]

Founded in 1974 by the late Father Jack Hickey, a Vanderbilt University chaplain, Dismas Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving formerly incarcerated men. Dismas House has grown from a small eight-bed house on Nashville’s historic Music Row to become a national leader in reintegration excellence. Using our four proven programming pillars – basic needs, health and wellness, life skills and legal support – we have the capacity to serve over 175 residents each year.

Our 72-bed campus, including 16 independent living units for residents needing more time on campus to work on their transition plan, is a beacon of hope for formerly incarcerated people desperate for a second chance. To date, we have served over 1,000 former inmates.