FRANKLIN WINE FESTIVAL "KING AND QUEEN OF THE VINES" ROYAL COURT ANNOUNCED
competition underway ahead of October 13
Franklin Wine Festival’s King and Queen
of the Vines royal court has been revealed. Candidates on the royal court have pledged to raise funds for mentoring
in Middle Tennessee, and each dollar raised in their fundraising period will
count as one "vote." This year, candidates vying for the crowns are
engaged in a fierce fundraising competition with the goal of surpassing
previous record-setting efforts.
Franklin Wine Festival Kings and Queens
of the Vines royal court include: Andrew Bailey, John Bell, Christie
Bowling, Leslie Glass, Harris Haworth, and Jessica Hopkins.
Back row (standing) from left: Andrew Bailey and Christi Bowling.
Front row (seated) from left: Leslie Glass, Jessica Hopkins, John Bell,
and Harris Haworth.
Photo courtesy of Kohl Photography, used with permission
Andrew Bailey is a third generation
native Nashvillian who grew up in West Nashville. He attended MTSU and worked for several years
in the music business, but decided to take a leap of faith recently and turn
his love of all things Jeep into a business. His new venture, AB Designs, restores and customizes Jeeps of all
varieties. He has had the opportunity to
mentor several young man sharing his trade skills and knowledge, and looks
forward to fundraising so that other youth in need of a positive role model can
experience that as well.
John Bell is a second generation
native Nashvillian who is an attorney with Bell Law Settlement Services. He has three grown sons and is very excited
about our city’s future, and believes supporting mentoring is one of the best
ways to ensure our continued success for Middle Tennessee. He enjoys live music and catches as many
shows as he can in downtown Nashville.
Christie Bowling is originally from
Madisonville, Kentucky and attended Lipscomb University and the University of
Kentucky. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
certified in both Sports Dietetics and Adult Weight Management who owns Prime
Wellness and is Director of Nutrition for Cura based out of California. She was previously the first Dietitian ever
hired to work for Disney in their private clinic, and enjoys travel and great
Leslie Glass is a third generation
native Nashvillian and owner of Loxx Hair Studio in Brentwood and a Realtor
with EXIT Real Estate Solutions. She is passionate about mentoring and has
worked with the youth of Cornerstone Church for five years. She enjoys yoga, hiking, kayaking, and
Harris Haworth is a native Nashvillian
who lived elsewhere until about four years ago, and he’s thrilled to be
home. He is the senior brand manager for
GOimprints.com and is in the process of becoming a volunteer Big Brother. He also serves on the agency’s newly formed
Jr Board of Directors and is an avid fan of his alma mater, the University of
Jessica Hopkins was born in Decatur,
Georgia and raised in Maryville, Tennessee. She serves as the Senior Manager of
Medication Management for Lifepoint Hospitals in Brentwood. She was drawn to this competition for Big
Brothers Big Sisters because she mentored a young girl when she lived in
Atlanta and saw many positive changes as a result.
“This Kings and Queens of the Vines fundraising
competition will have a near immediate impact in the lives of children in our
own community. It takes $1,500 to match
a child with a mentor. And it only takes
one mentor to change a child’s life for the better,” commented Wendy Dyes, 2017
Kings and Queens of the Vines
Committee Chair for the Franklin Wine Festival.
“This year the candidates have such a great competitive spirit. They are going all out to raise funds for Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, and of course to win the bragging
rights that come along with being crowned King and Queen of the Vines,”
official royal court announcement party was held on Wednesday, August 16 at
Up – a rooftop lounge in the
candidates will also be hosting a new Downtown Nashville Scavenger Hunt as part
of this year’s efforts on Saturday, September 16, 2017, beginning at Cerveza
Jack’s Nashville at 11 AM and concluding at the George Jones Museum at 2 PM. Registration for that event is available at www.scavengerhunt.kintera.org.
ultimate coronation of each respective King and Queen will happen during a live
ceremony at the Franklin Wine Festival on Friday October 13, 2017, at the
Factory at Franklin. The event is presented by Cool Springs Wines and Spirits
and supported by Nissan.
Franklin Wine Festival features more than 300 wines, samples from Middle
Tennessee’s best restaurants, an artisan Biergarten, a silent auction, and live
entertainment on multiple stages. Tickets for the October 13 Grand Tasting
which will include the crowning of the new King and Queen are available at www.FranklinWineFestival.com.
raised by the Franklin Wine Festival events will be used to serve more children
in Middle Tennessee with a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters programs.
Children with a mentor make better, safer choices in life which in turn reduces
crime, improves graduation rates, and lays the groundwork for an overall
economic benefit to the Middle Tennessee community.
information about the 2017 King and Queen of the Vines Royal Court, visit www.FranklinWineFestival.com.
The Franklin Wine
Festival celebrates its thirteenth year in 2017, and has to date raised more
than $1.6 million. The King and Queen of
the Vines competition is entering its seventh year, and has raised more than $90,000
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle
Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to provide children facing adversity with
strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that
change their lives for the better, forever. Founded locally in 1969, Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee is a volunteer and donor driven
organization that matches children in need with a positive adult role
model. Revenue generated is used to conduct background checks and
screening of prospective volunteers to ensure child safety and provide ongoing
professional support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain
long-lasting relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee serves
children across Middle Tennessee in Metro Nashville/Davidson County,
Williamson, Rutherford, Cheatham, Dickson, Robertson, Sumner and Wilson
counties. You can help a child overcome adversity and better position
themselves to reach their potential in Middle Tennessee by visiting www.mentorakid.org or calling 615-329-9191.