Grammy-winning songwriter Tim Nichols, Country Music icon Lee Greenwood, and acclaimed artists Billy Dean and Bradley Walker will share some of their favorite stories and songs of the Christmas season on Dec. 15 during A Season of High Hopes at the Franklin Theatre.

This evening will wrap up old fashioned Christmas carols sing as everyone gathered celebrates the High Hopes Development Center for children with special needs.

Tickets are $50, on sale now for the 8 p.m. show, and according to organizers, they are going fast at

“We are delighted and honored to have these amazing artists help us host A Season of High Hopes at Franklin Theatre during this magical season,” said High Hopes Executive Director Gail Powell, in announcing the event.  “Most of them has previously supported the mission of High Hopes, and we are so thankful to be able to have their support again.”

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High Hopes educates children both with and without special needs in one setting. It also has an on-site therapy clinic. // SUBMITTED

High Hopes Development Center is a 32-year-old non-profit organization unique in the way that children with and without special needs such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and various developmental delays play, learn, and grow together in two integrated programs helping each child reach their maximum potential. Children ages 6 weeks to Pre-K, with and without special needs, are educated together in inclusive preschool classrooms by a team of experienced teachers supporting the individual needs of each child.

Last year alone nearly 650 children benefited from 18,830 physical/occupational/speech/feeding therapy appointments, and 126,360 preschool instructional hours.

A Season of High Hopes is made possible this year by First Tennessee Bank as an Angel sponsor and Jackson National Life as a Star sponsor, additional support comes from Williamson Medical Center, Walton’s Antique and Estate Jewelry, Practice Resource Network, Inc., and Ivey Cakes.  All funds raised from the event will be doubled thanks to a generous foundational grant.

High Hopes gives children of all intellectual, physical and mental abilities the opportunity to learn and grow together in an environment that provides a strong foundation for future academic and social success.