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sonia Young


The Purple Lady, Sonia Young, is the Honorary Chair for this year’s event.  The Purple Rule is her guide for life – “Do Unto and For Others”.  

She was recently honored during the 2017 Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award presentation and was presented with the Tennessee Women of Distinction Award in 2007 by the American Lung Association.

Mrs. Young currently serves on the boards of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre and Chattanooga Ballet.  She has also served on the boards of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Allied Arts (ArtsBuild), Chattanooga Opera Association, Tennessee River Gorge Trust, Chattanooga Zoo, McKamey Animal Care Trust, Girls Inc., Children’s Hospital Foundation and Kids on the Block

Although she is an accomplished writer and veteran volunteer, she considers herself first and foremost an educator, in the classroom and life in general.  

As a widow, she says the Loves of her life are Mel Young, husband of almost 55 years and daughter, Melanie, who lives with her husband in New York.

Her Purple Passion is still children and animals, those who have no voice of their own.

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Photo courtesy of Cansler Photography