Raise childhood cancer awareness at Celebration of Life and Hope.

17th Annual Celebration of Life & Hope

This gala-style event is marked as a night full of family testimonies and is celebrated with live and silent auctions, live music, photobooth fun, an open bar, specialty cocktails, food, and entertainment all to support families that have been impacted by pediatric cancer.

17th Annual Celebration of Life & Hope
early bird tickets available now!
Celebration of Life & Hope

Event Details

September 21, 2024

7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

$250 - Early Bird Tickets Available

Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer’s Education Advancement Center


About the 2024 Celebration of Life & Hope Gala

The semi-formal cocktail reception is the foundation’s largest fundraising event of the year, attended by hundreds of local leaders, families, and members of the community. For the fourth year, it will be held at the Foundation’s renowned 33,000 sq. ft. facility located in Chattanooga, TN. The event will be held in September in line with honoring September as “Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.”

The Ottermans


Every year, the Celebration of Life and Hope honors one family facing the effects of childhood cancer. This year, the Foundation honors the Otterman family. Parents Mike and Traci Otterman lost their daughter Simone to Leukemia in 2015. Simone touched many hearts during her courageous battle with childhood cancer, and Mike and Traci have been unwavering advocates for pediatric cancer support. Simone’s sisters, Jade (age 15) and Cali (age 6) will be honored as well in recognition of their unique journey.

The Ottermans

Kiran & John Patterson


Kiran is the Event Coordinator at Material Handling, Inc. and John is the Vice President of Fleet Solutions at Material Handling, Inc. They have two children: Madeline (age 24, Natura Bissé Corporate Trainer)and John Frank (age 20, student at the University of Georgia).

“The Austin Hatcher Foundation provides hope to families who are facing childhood cancer,” said Kiran. "John and I find purpose in partnering with organizations who "stand in the gap" for children and families who need it most. AHF isn’t just a nonprofit; it’s a community lifeline, providing the support needed to navigate the emotional complexities of pediatric cancer. We're honored to chair this cause at the Celebration of Life and Hope this year, echoing the sentiment of love and resilience that defines the essence of theAustin Hatcher Foundation.”

Live & Silent Auction Items

The Celebration of Life and Hope is highlighted by a large silent and live auction bidding. Any person or company may donate new items for the auction now by contacting us via email.

2024 Committee

Kiran Patterson, Jane Kaylor, Stephanie Doty, Jessica Fosbinder, Lauren Kelly, Sarah Ryan, Jennifer Fuller, Tela Sain, Angela Sain, Madeline Patterson, Jessica Blackwell, Cami Pendley, Natalie Duncan, Lori Beth Eicholtz, Allison Oxford, Cami Pendley, Jaime Johnson, Tracee Reynolds