That’s right, The Salvation Army will kick off it’s 5th Annual fundraiser, Gathering of Angels, October 26th at the Hilton Suites Downtown Nashville and it promises to be an incredible event once again as Rudy Kalis “chats for charity” with NASCAR racing legend, Darrell Waltrip!
The layout is extremely comfortable and inviting as tables are scattered across a gorgeous ballroom, chandelairs adorn the vast ceiling and creative centerpieces dot the cream colored tablecloths that casually cascade to the floor. The food is tastefully prepared and the service is impeccable. Lunch time has never been more fun or for a better cause! Tables are available at $1500 or individual at $150.00. For more information or to reserve a table or seat, please call 615-242-0411 ext. 245.
Proceeds from this event go to benefit our Angel Tree Program here in Nashville, which covers families in Davidson, Williamson, Sumner, Cheatham, Robertson, Dickson and Hickman counties. Along with the familiar Red Kettles, the Angel Tree program is one of The Salvation Army’s highest profile Christmas efforts. Angel Tree was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Majors Charles and Shirley White when they worked with a Lynchburg, Virginia shopping mall to provide clothing and toys for children at Christmas time.
The program got its name because the Whites identified the wishes of local children by writing their gift needs on Hallmark greeting cards featuring pictures of angels and placing them on a Christmas Tree at the mall. Thanks to the Whites, who were assigned by The Army to the Lynchburg area at the time, more than 700 children had a brighter Christmas that first year.
Three years later, when the Whites were transferred to Nashville, Tennessee, Angel Tree was launched in Music City during the 1982 Christmas season. WSM radio, which airs the Grand Ol’ Opry, came on board that year as the first Angel Tree co-sponsor in the U.S.
Because of the on-air promotion on WSM in Nashville, as well as national publicity on CNN and the Larry King Show, news of Angel Tree spread across the country like wild fire. Last year, The Salvation Army in Nashville were able to provide Christmas to almost 13,000 individuals.
We’re excited about our upcoming season and know that with the support of our church, civic and corporate groups, which includes our many donors and volunteers, it will be a success and those in need will be blessed once again.