Last month, High Hopes held its second annual Stars and Strikes celebrity bowling night and auction.

The night benefited and raised awareness for High Hopes Development Center, which is a school for children whose needs are not met in local preschools. It serves children with a special need or chronic disease and provides therapy and services. More than 600 Middle Tennessee students are being helped by the 32-year old non-profit.

Among the celebrities who attended the Kings Bowl hosted event were T-Rac of the Titans, Trevor Rosen of Old Dominion, Brett Warren of the Warren Brothers and Melinda Doolittle and Naima Adedapo of American Idol.

The event raised $43,000, which will go to High Hopes, which offers an inclusive pre-school for children ages 6 weeks to Pre-K with and without special needs, as well as an on-site pediatric therapy clinic which provides physical, occupational, speech and feeding therapies for children up to 21 years of age.

The event was a huge success, said Cheryl Dean, Public Relations and Market Coordinator.

T-Rac and Mark Cross of Buffalo Wings & Rings

Also getting in the act was local restaurant Buffalo Wings and Rings. They donated to the silent auction a 7 night vacation at Hacienda de la Cruz in Cabo San Lucas. The item raised $7,500 and a super donor matched the funds to total a donation of $15,000.

“Wings & Rings takes great pride in supporting High Hopes in Franklin, we are always proud to give back to our community, supporting the development of our youth is paramount,” Mark Cross of Buffalo Wings and Rings said.

Working with Deb and Gail at High Hopes has been a blessing, Wings & Rings will always support High Hopes to the fullest!”