Hampton Bourne, Financial Advisor Awarded Top 30 Over 30
Top 30 Under 30: Rising Stars
author Holly Hoffman
Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30 is a huge celebration for all ages. The annual event, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, recognizes 30 of our city’s most active young professionals and budding philanthropists. Chosen by peers, this group makes time in demanding careers—including law, finance, education and the arts—to give back to our community.
A multi-generational group of 400-plus packed the Hutton Hotel to enjoy cocktails and bid at the silent auction before heading into the ballroom for dinner. As they dined, hunky TV host Evan Farmer kicked off the program. Dynamic Emily Schaller, founder of the Rock CF Foundation, was witty, humorous and inspiring as she shared her experience of living with the disease. When the laughter and applause subsided, a tribute highlighted the honorees and their accomplishments.
Co-chairs Whitney Kimerling, David Pemberton, Allison Reichenbach and Brittany Wegusen—all previous honorees—did a fantastic job inspiring this year’s class to raise more than $160,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Liz Marchetti Schimmer received the Rising Star Award for setting a new record with her fundraising efforts, which tallied more than $24,000! Sarah Blood and Lee White received the Breath of Life Awards for exceeding their goals. Other award recipients included Hampton Bourne for the Marchetti Circle of Hope Award, Megan Dacus for the Hitchcock Humanitarian Award and Julie Moran for the Ashley Wilson Outstanding Alumni Award. The Top Mentor Award, new this year, went to Michelle Augusty.
By the end of the night, this year’s Top 30 Under 30 party raised another $162,000. All the funds go to support life-saving research, patient assistance and patient-care programs. Everyone left knowing that they made a contribution to the ever-improving treatments for Cystic Fibrosis and that our city’s future lies in the very capable hands of this year’s Top 30 Under 30 class.