Mayor David Pennington of Dalton, Ga., will greet attendees and provide introductory remarks during the August 17 flooring industry tribute to the late Sonna Calandrino. Speakers for the event are also set to include Jeff Lorberbaum of Mohawk, LaShon McGinnis of Shaw, Rae Anne Cordick of Fabricushion Ltd., Nia Cherry of ASID, as well as friends, family and colleagues.

“We currently have more than a dozen top-line industry speakers scheduled to participate in what promises to be an industry networking event typical of Sonna,” said Ann Seay, chairperson of the ad hoc committee for the tribute.

The tribute will include a reception with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Trevitt Hall, 111 S. Hamilton St. The speaker tribute program will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Historic WINK Theatre, 115 W. Crawford St.

According to Seay, the City of Dalton will provide complimentary shuttle service to and from hotels and the event, from 3 p.m. to midnight. The Holiday Inn of Dalton on College Drive has set aside a block of rooms, listed as “Tribute for Sonna,” in the Holiday Inn system. (The website, or call (706) 529-6000, and ask for the special rate of $104.95. The booking code is TFS.

For more information on the event, and a short bio and pictures of Calandrino,