CASA

Williamson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is hosting its 5th Annual “Voices for Children” fundraiser, presented by Jackson, at the Franklin Theatre on Thursday, May 12. The evening will raise significant funds for the local nonprofit’s program, and its mission to protect abused and neglected children within the county’s court system.

Grammy-winning songwriters Chris DeStefano and Marcus Hummons–and a few of their acclaimed musical friends, including a promised “special guest”–will take the stage with players from the Nashville Studio Symphony for a one-of-a-kind musical event dubbed “Music City Hit-Makers: Where Song Meets Symphony” that promises to pull out all the stops at the 300-seat venue in Historic Downtown Franklin.

Executive Director Marianne Schroer says buying a ticket to the fundraiser not only raises awareness of WCCASA advocates’ work, but that it also impacts the children the organization serves.

“By attending Voices, you are giving money that directly helps break the cycle of abuse and neglect within Williamson County families,” said Schroer. “Each dollar we receive goes to CASA’s vision of providing every abused and neglected child a safe and permanent home.”

Voices guests will kick off the night at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail hour that includes hors d’oeuvres compliments of MStreet Nashville–the group that provides some of Nashville’s most beloved dining spots, like Kayne Prime and Virago–and wine and beer compliments of Horizon Wine and Spirits and Yazoo Brewing Company. The evening will also host a live auction with prizes that include adventurous getaways, celebrity styling, music packages, and more.

As a songwriter, Chris DeStefano has multiple #1 songs with artists such as Carrie Underwood (“Good Girl”, “Little Toy Guns,” Something In The Water”), Billy Currington (“Hey Girl”), Brett Eldredge (“Don’t Ya”), Luke Bryan (“That’s My Kind of Night”, “Kick the Dust Up” ), Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood (“Somethin’ Bad”), Rascal Flatts (“Rewind”) and Jason Aldean (“Just Gettin’ Started”), among others. He will be joined by Marcus Hummon who has co-written songs for many country music artists, including Top 40 singles for Tim McGraw, Wynonna Judd, and Alabama–as well as three #1 hits for the Dixie Chicks (“Cowboy Take Me Away”), Sara Evans (“Born to Fly”), and Rascal Flatts (“Bless the Broken Road”).

“Voices for Children” is Williamson County CASA’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and all proceeds from the night go towards its mission. Past events have included performances by Kix Brooks and Wynonna Judd.

The Music City Hit-Makers’ performance in 2015 helped more than $130,000 in corporate sponsorships, ticket sales and silent auction proceeds. WCCASA Director of Public Relations and Development Danielle McMorran estimates that nearly $120,000 will go straight towards program support, another record-breaking number for WCCASA.

“ If you choose to partner with us on this event, it will make the difference in the life of not just one child—but 130. The ripple effect of that, throughout that child’s life and extending to their own future family, is immeasurable,” McMorran said.

Tickets for the concert are on sale now, and are $125 per general admission ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at www.franklintheatre.com, at the theatre box office or by calling 615-538-2076.

Jackson returns as the presenting sponsor for the 2016 event. Additional sponsors include CLARCOR, Ryman Hospitality Properties Foundation, Jim and Cheryl Sanders, Coyne Oral Surgery, Ann Johnson, C.B. Ragland, Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc., Dura Automotive Systems, Southwestern Consulting, Kelli Haas and Associates, PLC, HCA Tristar Health, Pinnacle Bank and Outdoor Classic Structures. For sponsorship opportunities or to make a donation please contact McMorran at danielle@williamsoncountycasa.org or 615-591-2699 x2.

For more information about Williamson County CASA and its mission, go to Williamson County Casa website.

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