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Renowned Climber Talks Mountains and Business at Legacy Luncheon for the Parks

Summiting the second highest mountain in the world and building an international outdoor apparel company both require managing risk and Rick Ridgeway, this year’s Legacy Luncheon for the Parks speaker, knows about both.

Ridgeway, vice president of environmental affairs for outdoor apparel leader Patagonia, is often recognized for his accomplishment of making the first American ascent of K2, known as the Savage Mountain due to the extreme difficulty of ascent. He is an avid adventurer and part of the original Seven Summits expeditions to climb the highest mountain on each of Earth’s seven continents. National Geographic recently honored him with its “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award.

Ridgeway will join in celebrating a year of accomplishments for Legacy Parks Foundation at their annual outdoor luncheon along the banks of the Tennessee River on UT’s Cherokee Farm October 7th at 11:30 a.m. More than 1,000 civic and business leaders attended the sold-out Legacy Luncheon for the Parks last year.

The generous Luncheon sponsors and attendees help Legacy Parks continue to expand and protect our parks, trails and river access. Reserved tables for 10, sponsorships, and individual seats are now available by calling Legacy Parks at 865.525.2585 or by reserving your seat online.

This year’s luncheon is presented by lead sponsor, Pilot Flying J, and sponsored by the following:

Platinum Sponsors:
Texas Instruments
UCOR

Gold Sponsors:
Bob’s Trails, Trees & Gardens
Bryant Research
Gulf & Ohio Railways
Robin Easter Design
SouthEast Bank
The Trust Company
University of Tennessee Medical Center

Table Sponsors:
21st Mortgage
AC Entertainment
Ackermann PR
Appalachian Mountain Bike Club
Aslan Foundation
Avison Young
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, PC
Balter Beerworks
BarberMcMurry Archiects
Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc.
Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
Bob’s Trails, Trees & Gardens
Bryant Research
Cannon & Cannon
Catherine Gilreath
Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus
City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation
Conversion Properties
Covenant Health
Dewhirst Construction
Dover Development Corp.
Eagle Distributing Company
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
East Tennessee Foundation
FSG Bank
Gulf and Ohio Railways
Haslam College of Business
Hexagon Brewing Company
Hines and Company PC
Home Federal Bank
Humana
Integ, LLC
Janet and Bill Mason
Jerry Becker
John Z.C. Thomas
Johnson & Galyon Construction
Kimberly and Thomas Ford
Knox County Commission
Knoxville Chamber
Knoxville City Council
Knoxville Garden Club
Kroger
London & Amburn PC
Long, Ragsdale & Waters PC
Martin & Company, Inc.
Mary Beth West Communications
McCarty, Holsaple, McCarty, Inc.
Meridian Trust & Investment Company
Merit Construction
Missy Kane’s Fit and Fun
MOSAIC Private Sanctuary
ORNL Federal Credit Union
Partners Development
Pellissippi State Community College
PetSafe
Pilot Flying J
Pinnacle Bank
Preservation Pub
Raymond James
Realty Trust Group
Regal Entertainment
Robin Easter Design
S&ME Inc.
Sanders Pace Architecture
Scripps Networks
Siddiqi Charitable Foundation
SmartBank
SouthEast Bank
SRW & Associates
Stowers
Texas Instruments
The Trust Company
Tom and Anna Ford
Tom and Melissa McAdams
Tommy Schumpert
UCOR
University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design
University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
University of Tennessee Medical Center
UT Federal Credit Union
Visit Knoxville
WBIR
Willis
Wood Realtors

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