Events in February & March

FABULOUS FRIENDS FOR AFRICA 

Saturday, Feb. 10, in 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 past 10 years, 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 FabulousFriendsforAfrica.org

MARDI GRAS BALL 

Saturday, Feb. 10 

Embassy Suites 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, New Orleans style band, 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 $125 per person or $1,000for a table of 10. 

For more information visit MyFriendsHouseTN.org. 

STUDIO TENN PRESENTS “DOUBT: A PARABLE”

February 15-25, Jamison Theater at the Factory at Franklin 

“What do you do when you’re unsure?” So asks John Patrick Shanley, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of the literary masterpiece Doubt: A Parable. When an unthinkable accusation is leveled against Father Flynn, Sister Aloysius realizes that the only way to get justice is to create it herself. Join Studio Tenn in this tony Award winning and Academy Award nominated drama that not only raises questions of uncertainties, but causes audiences to explore who they are, and who they become, in the face of adversity.  Tickets are $30 - $85 and are available at 

studiotenn.com

BRIGHTSTONE’S “MUSIC THAT TOUCHES THE HEART”

Wednesday, Feb. 21, Liberty Hall at the Factory at Franklin, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

BrightStone will host its 16th annual “Music That Touches the Heart” benefit featuring Grammy Award winning Christian music artist, Michael W. Smith 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 $3,000 and $1,200. 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. 

BUTTON BALL

Saturday, March 3, Liberty Ballroom at the 

Factory at Franklin, 6 – 10:30 p.m. 

Davis House Child Advocacy Center will host its annual fundraiser, the Button Ball, formerly known as the Legacy Ball, and emceed by NewsChannel5’s Rhori Johnston. 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 www.davishousecac.org

CHANGING LIVES BY MAKING WAVES

Tuesday, March 6, Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 7-8:30 a.m.

Help Waves celebrate its 45th anniversary at the sixth annual “Changing Lives by Making Waves” fundraising breakfast. Waves served almost 400 children and adults with disabilities in our community last year. The keynote speaker is Dr. Susan Halter who will speak about the experience of being a sibling of someone with disabilities. For more information and to RSVP, visit 

www.wavesinc.com/annual-breakfast/

TASTE OF WILLIAMSON

Sunday, March 4, 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. Cool Springs 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 5-10). 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 admitted without charge. 

HARD BARGAIN ANNUAL 

CELEBRATION DINNER

Wednesday, March 14, 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 may be purchased online at 

www.hardbargain.org or pay at the door. RSVP@hardbargain.org

WHISKEY WARMER

Saturday, March 10, 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. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit whiskeywarmer.com

MAIN STREET BREWFEST

Saturday, March 17, 

Historic Downtown Franklin, 5-8 p.m.

Tap into History at the 15th Annual Main Street Brewfest, presented by Lipman Brothers. Held in Historic Downtown Franklin, the event will boast over 70 craft beers across 35 tasting sites on America’s Favorite Main Street. For beer lovers spanning all ages (21 and over), the event offers craft brews from established and new breweries, both local and abroad. Enjoy a vast selection of local food trucks, shopping, Celtic performers and plenty of Irish cheer – just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Tickets are $55 and may be purchased at downtownfranklintn.com

TAKE THE CAKE

Saturday, March 22, Franklin Theatre – 7 p.m.

Grammy-nominated and platinum-selling artist John Ford Coley (formerly of England Dan & John Ford Coley) will perform an intimate acoustic concert benefiting Williamson County’s DUI Court at the Take the Cake event. The evening will begin with a charity cake auction followed by the Williamson County resident’s performance.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Williamson County DUI Court Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit that underwrites the work of the DUI Court. Williamson County’s DUI Court is a restorative justice program offering those charged with a 2nd or 3rd DUI the opportunity to enroll in an intensive year-long, court-supervised recovery program. Participants who complete the program are almost 20 times less likely to re-offend, making our roads and communities safer for everyone.

In addition to Balcony and Floor Tickets sold by the Franklin Theatre, the DUI Court Foundation is offering a very limited number of stage-front cabaret tables to individuals and groups who want to sponsor this transformative, life-changing program. 

For additional information about DUI Court, visit 

www.DUICourtFoundation.org .

 

By Brandy Blanton

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