High Hopes is gearing up for another not-to-be-missed downtown Franklin Christmas concert, A Season of High Hopes on December 12th at 7:30 pm. Rodeo and Juliet, Franklin locals Chris and Jan Harris, along with a special musical guest, a children’s choir performance, and a literature reading by Nan Gurley help align the heart and spirit with the Christmas season through heartfelt and joyful songs rich in cheer and hope. This second annual event is quickly becoming a must-do on the Franklin holiday scene that not only promises an entertaining evening for its guests but also helps community families in need through the vital, life-changing services provided by High Hopes Development Center.
Rodeo and Juliet, Chris and Jan Harris respectively Rodeo and Juliet have been producing, writing and singing for a wide array of artists – Stevie Ray Vaughn, Loretta Lynn, Amy Grant, Kristin Chenoweth, Dolly Parton, Michael W. Smith and CeCe Winans to name a few -for over 40 years. Throw in 15 years of writing, producing and singing on hundreds of commercials including Cinnamon Toast Crunch, McDonalds, Transformers, Chick-fil-A and Southwest Airlines on top of that and this Lubbock / El Paso / Dallas Texan boy and New York Lady from Bridgeport, NY will tell you how fortunate they have been in following their musical dreams. In addition, they also managed to raise two musically gifted sons while residing in the Music City itself, Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2008, Chris and Jan sold the farm and figured out a way to sing sweet, soul harmonies throughout the rest of their lives as none other than Rodeo and Juliet. After spending time recording in the studio, they decided to work up 100 love songs and hit the road at the seasoned age of 55, celebrating staying together through “the good, the bad and the ugly” with a self-titled debut CD full of their timeless American Roots music. With original songs The Honey Do List, All the Men in My Life, Pennies, Nickels and Dimes and Sit and Watch the Sun Go Down, they draw on stories of the ups-and-downs and challenges of trying to stay saddled in through “all the changes of life’s circumstance” (a lyric from the title cut), as well as trying to keep the love light burning bright.
About High Hopes
High Hopes Development Center is a local non-profit that has served Middle Tennessee children and families for over 33 years through two integrated programs. High Hopes offers a pediatric therapy clinic providing physical, occupational, speech, and feeding therapies in a state-of-the-art facility where 100% of the pediatric patients have a special need. High Hopes also offers an on-site inclusive preschool, where 40% of our students have a diagnosed special need ranging from developmental delays to rare chromosomal disorders, and everything in between. The mission of High Hopes is to equip children, youth, and their families with the skills necessary to achieve success through education, therapeutic services, and loving support.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that one in five families has at least one child with special needs. As the population of Middle Tennessee grows, so does the need for the transformative services High Hopes provides. This growing need is being met head-on with an expansion to the current High Hopes campus to HELP HOPE GROW.
This HELP HOPE GROW expansion will provide additional clinic, preschool, community outreach, and administrative spaces. The Therapy Clinic at High Hopes will gain the capacity to provide an additional 13,000 therapy visits per year while the Inclusive Preschool at High Hopes will gain additional preschool classrooms and a state-approved inclusive Kindergarten. A large dividable multi-purpose area will allow for parent/caregiver workshops and counseling groups, and family support programming such as classes for adaptive movement, dance, art, music, social language, and summer camps. Additional administrative offices will allow for the further development of the foundational infrastructure to support our growing community and organization. The total cost of this expansion is approximately $5.3 million, and their fundraising goal is $4 million.
A Season of High Hopes is a fundraiser to Help-Hope-Grow for more children and families in our community, as proceeds from the event will go towards the High Hopes capital campaign to pay for the building expansion.
For more information on High Hopes Development Center and how you can HELP HOPE GROW, please visit https://www.highhopesforkids.org/ or contact Cheryl Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615.550.1437.