Hang Time with Archie Manning at MTCS Legacy of Light Gala

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To light is to illuminate or ignite, and Archie Manning has spent a lifetime sharing illumination. Manning will share how his family has come to burn so brightly in football with some lucky Middle Tennesseans when he serves as the keynote speaker for Middle Tennessee Christian School’s 18th annual Legacy of Light Gala on April 17.

Manning is the patriarch of America’s greatest football family. His legacy ignited as a quarterback at University of Mississippi and then professionally with the New Orleans Saints from 1971 until 1982. The torch has been passed down in the world of sports through his two sons, Denver Broncos’ Peyton and the New York Giants’ Eli. The Manning family wasrecently featured in ESPN’s “SEC Storied” documentary ‘The Book of Manning.’

“This year’s gala will have a fresh look and we are thrilled that Mr. Manning will be the keynote speaker to launch an exciting new chapter of events at Middle Tennessee Christian School,” said MTCS President Dr. Phil Ellenburg. “He is a respected patriarch with a dynamic personality who is committed to faith and family values. We have had fantastic community response and expect a tremendous turnout for the event.”

MTCS’s Legacy of Light event will provide a “Dinner of Distinction” for those wishing to dine with Manning and have the opportunity to participate in a meet and greet. The dinner will begin in the school’s smaller gymnasium that will be transformed into a grand ballroom with crystal chandeliers and elegant draping. After indulging in a dessert of either a pecan tart or flourless chocolate torte, guests will move into the MTCS Varsity Gymnasium on the school’s main campus to listen to the keynote address.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the MTCS campus. For those wishing a more casual dining experience, there will be a barbecue dinner provided by Rick’s Barbecue preceding the keynote address.

"Our mission at Middle Tennessee Christian School calls us to provide the very best academic education in a faith-informed context,” added Ellenburg. “We believe that teaching everything from a Christian worldview demands excellence in the classroom, on the field or court and on the performance stage.  So, our fundraising events provide us with tools to achieve that mission. Currently we are in the process of significantly upgrading our instructional technology.”

MTCS is an independent school serving close to 700 students from Rutherford and surrounding counties in pre-school through the 12th grade. Chartered in 1960, the school opened in the fall of 1962. MTCS is accredited by AdvancED, the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and the National Christian School Association.

General Admission tickets can be purchased by logging on to the school’s website at www.mtcscougars.org.  For information about sponsorship packages contact Jane Herring at (615) 893-0601 or janeherring@mtcscougars.org.

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