FABULOUS FRIENDS FOR AFRICA
Saturday, Feb. 9
Liberty Hall at the Factory in Franklin
7 – 11 p.m.
Fabulous Friends for Africa partners with African Leadership to produce this event which benefits women and children across Africa who have been impacted by either the war or sex slave industry. The evening includes a wonderful night of delicious food, a silent auction and dancing to the music of Biz & Everyday People. Over the past10years, these fabulous friends have raised more than $700,000 for Africa. Tickets prior to the event are $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10. Tickets at the door are $125 per person. For more information visit
MARDI GRAS BALL
Saturday, Feb. 9 Franklin Marriott of Cool Springs
6 – 11 p.m.
The annual Mardi Gras Ball is My Friend’s House’s biggest and most exciting fundraiser, complete with a four-course meal, entertainment by Gary Jenkins & Thundering Hearts, dancing and the crowning of the Mardi Gras Ball King and Queen. All proceeds benefit My Friend's House Family and Children's Services, a local 501(c)(3) located in Franklin, which serves at-risk teenage boys and their families by educating and motivating them to achieve their highest potential, while providing the boys a safe and secure home-like environment. Tickets for the event are $150 per person or $1,250 for a table of 10. For more information visit MyFriendsHouseTN.org.
STUDIO TENN PRESENTS “Always…Patsy Cline”
February 8-24, Jamison Theater at the Factory at Franklin
A musical chronicling the lifelong friendship of Patsy Cline and Louise Seger, Always…Patsy Cline is filled with Patsy Cline’s greatest hits such as Anytime, Walkin’ After Midnight, She’s Got You, Sweet Dreams and of course Crazy. Walk through history as you enjoy a trip back through Cline’s career, told with humor and heart. Tickets are $30 - $85 and are available at
BRIGHTSTONE’S “MUSIC THAT TOUCHES THE HEART”
Wednesday, Feb. 19,
Liberty Hall at the Factory
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
BrightStone will host its 17th annual “Music That Touches the Heart” benefit featuring Grammy Award winning music artist, Luke Bryan as headliner, along with several award-winning songwriters, amazing food and heartfelt stories from BrightStone students and their families.
This year’s event has a limited number of tickets and tables still available. A table of eight in the front row with the full VIP Experience is $6,000. Tables for eight in other rows with some additional benefits are available at $3,500 and $2,000. Individual seats can be obtained for $150 each. Reservations are available online at www.brightstone.org or by phone at 615-790-4888. All proceeds benefit adults who attend BrightStone who live each day with intellectual and developmental challenges.
Community Child Care Center
Saturday, February 23 Eastern Flank Event Facility
Casino Night benefiting Community Child Care Center will include food and entertainment. Tickets are $65 per ticket. Call 615-794-8986 or visit www.casinonightfranklin.eventbrite.com.
Saturday, March 2, Liberty Ballroom at the Factory at Franklin
6 – 10 p.m.
Davis House Child Advocacy Center will host its annual fundraiser, the Button Ball, formerly known as the Legacy Ball, and emceed by News Channel 5’s Rhori Johnston. Elizabeth Smart is the guest speaker for this year’s event. Smart survived being abducted in June of 2002. She will share her amazing story of hope and strength. This event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the organization and starts with a wine reception and silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Dancing will follow the dinner, program and live auction as well as the unique “Not-So-Silent Auction”.
The black-tie optional gala raises funds for the services and programs Davis House provides to children facing sexual or severe physical abuse. Ticket prices are $125 per person and may be purchased at
Wednesday, March 5,
Enrichment Center at Academy Park
Help Waves celebrate its 46th anniversary at the seventh annual “Changing Lives by Making Waves” fundraising breakfast. Waves served almost 400 children and adults with disabilities in our community last year. For more information and to RSVP, visit
TASTE OF WILLIAMSON
Sunday, March 3, Cool Springs Galleria
7 - 9 pm
Taste of Williamson, presented by Nissan, is an annual favorite of the local and regional community, featuring the area’s best food and beverages. CoolSprings Galleria hosts this sampling event where ticket holders meet chefs, sip a favorite beverage, taste local restaurant and caterers’ offerings and enjoy musical entertainment as they stroll from station to station.
Guests that attend Taste of Williamson will receive 10% off with their ticket stub at participating restaurants for Restaurant Week (March 4-8). Proceeds support programs that are creating opportunities for a better life for all in Williamson County via the United Way. For more information call the United Way of Williamson County at (615) 771-2312 or visit tasteofwilliamson.com. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door, children five and under are free.
A Pawsome Gala
Thursday, March 7,
The Barn at Sycamore Farms, 6 p.m.
The first annual A Pawsome Gala presented by F&M Bank and hosted by Friends of Williamson County Animal Center will raise money for needed improvements to Williamson County Animal Center. Dinner, drinks, live band and silent and live auctions will be part of this first time fundraiser. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased at www.friendsofwcac.com.
Saturday, March 30, Westhaven
6 – 9 p.m.
Westhaven is creating a whiskey wonderland as folks say goodbye to winter and welcome in the warmer weather. Grab your winter coat (this is an outdoor event) and sample whiskeys from around the world, chat with master distillers and cozy up over some great local food and live music. Your ticket includes 15 tastings and access to all areas of the event. Food will be available for purchase from the Grilled Cheeserie and Cousin’s Maine Lobster. There will also be a cash bar with full size cocktails and beer available. Proceeds will go to the Westhaven Foundation which provides grants, scholarships, and acts as a catalyst for raising much needed funds for charities and organizations serving Franklin and the surrounding communities, so every sip counts. This event is 21 and up. Tickets are $34. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit whiskeywarmer.com
HARD BARGAIN ANNUAL
Tuesday, April 2, Williamson County
Enrichment Center, Franklin
Doors open at 6 p.m.; dinner served at 7 p.m.
Hard Bargain Association (HBA) will host its annual Celebration Dinner, presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners. The event begins with appetizers and a silent auction with amazing items from local businesses, artists and restaurants. A delicious dinner by Catering & Events by Suzette will be served promptly at 7 p.m. followed by a brief program and video of families impacted by Hard Bargain Association. All proceeds will benefit HBA whose mission is to impact lives and preserve the Hard Bargain neighborhood by rehabbing existing homes, building quality affordable housing and enriching the lives of their neighbors. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online
atwww.hardbargain.org or pay at the door.