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Record Crowds and Record Overall Fundraising for Big Brothers Big Sisters

The organizers of the 13th annual Franklin Wine Festival, presented by Cool Springs Wines & Spirits and supported by Nissan to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters, report record numbers of attendees coming out to The Factory at Franklin last night to that also set an all-time record for fundraising for the children’s charity.

Definitive dollars and attendee counts will be announced next week.

Tables offering delicious tastings of wine, food, and even artisan beers were scattered strategically throughout The Factory at Franklin for a unique, indoor “stroll” like none other. The Franklin Wine Festival featured more than 350 wines, (another record) all hand-picked by the experienced team at Cool Springs Wines & Spirits for their unique flavors and exceptional quality.

One additional record shattered last night was the group of individuals fundraising in order to be crowned “King and Queen of the Vines.” This year’s “Royal Court” of six individuals raised more than $32,000 for the charity.


2017 King of the Vines John Bell and 2017 Queen of the Vines Christi Bowling
with Committee Chair Wendy Dyes
The 2017 "Royal Court" set new fundraising highs for the children of
Big Brothers Big Sisters.


“We are so humbled by the public response of all our sponsors, attendees, and other supporters this year along with the more than 250 volunteers who helped us execute last night’s event,” commented Carlyle Carroll, CEO for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. “Thank you on behalf of all the young people in Middle Tennessee who will benefit as a result.”

All proceeds from the Franklin Wine Festival benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters and allow the organization to offer mentorship programs to children in Middle Tennessee. The annual event has raised more than $1.9 Million for the charity to date.