Seating is limited at the event, which starts at 11:30 a.m. and takes place at the Museum Center at Five Points in Cleveland.
Tennessee holds a special place in the heart of Bob Johnson, who was an All American football player for the University of Tennessee from 1966-67.
“We are very excited and honored to have Mr. Johnson as guest speaker for our very first Friends of Children luncheon in Cleveland,” says Nancy Casson, longtime board member at Holston Home.
Proceeds from the event will go directly to benefit Holston Home, which has been providing “hope and healing for children and families struggling with life’s challenges” since 1895, according to Charles Hutchins, vice president for Development and Church Relations.
“Last year, Holston Home touched the lives of more than 700 children and youth,” Hutchins noted.
“By supporting our Friends of Children events, such as this one in Cleveland, we can continue to do even more in the future for the children.”
Holston Home, headquartered in Greeneville, has family service centers in Johnson City, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Bristol, Va.
Voted AFC All Conference seven times during his career with the Cincinnati Bengals, Johnson is no stranger to success on the football field. Johnson was the first pick for the University of Tennessee’s football coach, Doug Dickey, and went on to receive many honors during his time playing center at UT. He was named All-Southeastern Conference and All-American in 1966 and once again in 1967.
In addition, he was the vice president of his class and earned his degree in industrial engineering. Johnson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
In 1968 he was the first draft choice for the Cincinnati Bengals and the second-highest drafted center in the NFL Draft. During his time with the Bengals, he was voted AFC All Conference seven times and became the last original Bengal to retire in 1978. His number, 54, was retired and remains the only retired number in Bengal history.
Johnson worked for a short period as a color analyst for Bengals Radio and then went on to pursue a professional career. He served as president of Imperial Adhesives from 1980 to 2000, and now serves as president of Choice Brands.
Today, Johnson resides in Glendale, Ohio, with his wife Jane, two children and four grandchildren. He continues to be active in his community serving as a board member for several wonderful organizations and as an elder in his church.
For more information on the fundraiser, call Nicole Rader at Holston Home at 423-787-8753 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.