Special Message from Michael McSurdy
“While we fully intended to gather in person this year,” said Michael McSurdy, CEO of F&CS, “the health and comfort of our clients, staff, donors, and sponsors are our top priorities, so moving the event online feels like the responsible thing to do. This event is critical to our fundraising efforts, and we believe our supporters will respect this decision to ensure the health of all concerned during this time.”
Welcome to the Biscuit Breakfast!
Welcome to Family and Children’s Service’s 5th Annual Family Biscuit Breakfast! This joint fundraiser with the Young Leaders’ Council will once take place online. This year, we will celebrate three impressive Luminary Award recipients; share highlights of the work F&CS has been doing this year; and with the community’s help, we will raise money to support more than 20 essential social service safety net programs at F&CS.
2021 Luminary Awards
This year we highlight Tayo Atanda, Joshua Livingston, and Tallu Schuyler Quinn, the three impressive recipients of the Luminary Award for Community Service. The Luminary Award is co-sponsored by F&CS and the Young Leaders Council (YLC). This award honors young leaders that have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to community service and celebrates the Young Leaders Council’s mission of cultivating service and philanthropy among our community of young professionals. Please click their names to view their honoree video(s).
Olatayo “Tayo” Atanda is a partner at Nashville’s Waller law firm. Even at a relatively young age, Atanda has achieved several impressive and meaningful leadership positions in our community. He has served on the boards of Southern Work, Family & Children’s Service, Centennial Park Conservancy, Tennessee College Access and Success Network, and Oasis Center. Not only has he served on these boards of directors, Atanda also took on the challenge and responsibility of serving as board president at both Oasis Center and the Tennessee College Access and Success Network.
Joshua Livingston is a relationship executive in the Health Care Services division at J.P. Morgan. With a clear talent for financial services and business, Livingston has made a point to volunteer in the community in support of nonprofit organizations for which he has a passion. He has served on the Make-A-Wish board of directors, and in fall of 2021, he will become their board chair. Similarly, Livingston served on the board of the Young Leaders Council and is currently the Immediate Past Board President of the YLC. He is the 2018 Nashville Emerging Leader Award (NELA) winner for Financial Services, and a 2016 honoree for Nashville’s 40 Under 40
Tallu Schuyler Quinn founded the Nashville Food Project with a mission to bring people together to grow, cook, and share nourishing food, and the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger in our city. Since 2009, she has driven impressive growth in the organization and transformed the way Nashville understands, talks about, and addresses hunger and food insecurity. The Nashville Food Project currently employs 23 staff members and a legion of over 500 volunteers who work in their gardens and kitchens, preparing and distributing meals, and recovering food from local farmers, grocers, and restaurants.
Thank you to our supporters and sponsors. F&CS will update the results throughout the Biscuit Breakfast.