KING AND QUEEN OF THE VINES ROYAL COURT ANNOUNCED FOR FRANKLIN WINE FESTIVAL
Benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters, the
Franklin Wine Festival Returns October 12
Wine Festival, presented by Cool Springs Wines & Spirits and supported by
Nissan to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters is proud to announce the 2018 Royal
Court for the King and Queen of the Vines philanthropic competition. Candidates
pledge to raise funds for mentoring in Middle Tennessee once their nomination
is knighted, and each dollar raised in their fundraising period will count as
one "vote." This is the eighth
year that a group of philanthropic men and women have gotten together to
compete against each other for a glittery crown! To date, this fun effort has
raised just under $130,000 for the children of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
court includes King of the Vines nominees include Jordan Allender, Tim
Milejczak, and Jason Wike. Queen of the Vines nominees are Barbara Ann Jeter,
Casey Prins, and Christina Terrell.
a mortgage professional with First Community Mortgage who has lived in
Nashville for more than 26 years; Milejczak is a sales professional with Ace
Machine and Metal Fabrication in Nashville; and Wike is a professional pilot
with Southwest Airlines.
Jeter is a
Realtor with Parks Realty and Partners in Building; Prins is a medical
professional with CareRite Centers and lives in the Germantown area of
Nashville; and Terrell is an attorney with Merritt, Webb,
Wilson & Caruso, PLLC and lives in Franklin.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters program has proven to positively impact children
in Middle Tennessee and empower them to succeed through support and mentorship.
The monies raised by the King and Queen of the Vines have a direct impact in
the lives of children in our own community.
It takes $1,500 to match a child with a mentor, and it takes just one
mentor to change a child’s life,” commented Wendy Dyes, 2018 King and Queen of
the Vines Committee Chair for the Franklin Wine Festival.
respective King and Queen will be crowned during a live ceremony at the
Franklin Wine Festival on Friday October 12, 2018, at the Factory at Franklin.
Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee is honored to partner with young
professionals who are actively fundraising and advocating for our program
through our King and Queen of the Vines effort,” commented Melissa Hudson-Gant, CEO for Big Brothers
Big Sisters. “In addition to these outstanding individuals, more than 250
volunteers help execute a beautiful evening of food, wine, and great memories
that support our collective efforts to build strong young people.”
Wine Festival “Grand Tasting” features more than 300 wines, sampling from 30
restaurants, a silent auction, and live entertainment on multiple stages. The
event is celebrating its fourteenth anniversary this year having provided more
than $1.9 million for Big Brothers Big Sisters in its legacy. Tickets for the October 12 Grand Tasting
which will include the crowning of the new King and Queen of the Vines are
available now at www.FranklinWineFestival.com.
2017 Franklin Wine Festival Royal Court
The 2017 group of ambassadors for mentoring raise more than $37,000 to help
provide mentors to young people in need of a positive adult role model in their
Shown from left to right: Leslie Glass
Bailey, Jessica Hopkins, Queen Christi Bowling, King John Bell, Andrew Bailey,
Harris Haworth, and Committee Chair Wendy Dyes.
Photo credit: Austin Thompson, Williamson Herald
raised by the Franklin Wine Festival events will be used to serve more children
with a mentor across Middle Tennessee 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 2018 King and Queen of the Vines Royal Court, visit
information about Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit www.mentorakid.org or call
About the Franklin Wine Festival
Celebrating its fourteenth year, the Franklin Wine Festival is presented by
Cool Springs Wines & Spirits and supported by Nissan to benefit Big
Brothers Big Sisters is an all-encompassing evening for attendees, yet most of
the efforts are done by volunteers, and businesses provide significant in-kind
support, resulting in only 14% of revenues being spent on event expenses.
addition to the Grand Tasting, the event has Vintner’s Dinners held
approximately two weeks prior to the Grand Tasting.
more information, visit www.FranklinWineFestival.com or call (615) 522-5665.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and
enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their
lives for the better, forever.
with parents, guardians, schools, corporations and others, Big Brothers Big
Sisters carefully pairs children with screened volunteer mentors, and then
monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches in building safe, enduring
Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee serves children all across Middle
Tennessee in Metro Nashville/Davidson county as well as Williamson, Rutherford,
Cheatham, Dickson, Robertson, Sumner, and Wilson counties. The primary offices
are located at 1704 Charlotte Avenue, Suite 130 in Nashville with additional
satellite offices in Murfreesboro and Springfield.
more information, visit www.mentorakid.org or call (615) 329-9191.