Monday, August 8, 2016

Harvest Moon Soirée Celebrates Ten Years of Funding Student Dreams

The Volunteer State College Foundation Harvest Moon Soirée has raised more than a half-million dollars for student scholarships over the last ten years. The tradition of helping Vol State students afford their dreams will continue on Friday, September 16 at the Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club in Hendersonville. Organizers are hoping for record breaking donations to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the event. Tickets are on sale now. The Soirée will feature a silent auction again this year.  A few of the items will include: lunch with Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown; lunch with Hendersonville Mayor Scott Foster; a guided wildflower walk; Nashville Symphony tickets; a handmade cellarette by John B. Garrott; and longtime contributor, Cresent Fine Furniture, will donate a unique item to the auction.

Writer and humorist Lisa Smartt will be the entertainment for the evening. The syndicated columnist from rural Tennessee travels the country telling funny, and inspiring, stories of her personal weaknesses, struggles, and what she describes as the sheer joy of daily living. Organizers say she has been popular with attendees at other Vol State events.

The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and the silent auction. Dinner and entertainment will follow. Sponsorship packages, tables, and individual seats are available through Friday, September 9, while space is available. Individual tickets are $75 each. The returning Titanium and event title sponsor this year is Sumner Regional Medical Center. Sponsorships are still available. Please contact Deb Daugherty at 615-230-3526 or for more information. For tickets call the Foundation at 615-230-3506, or visit

The 2016 Harvest Moon Soirée committee includes: Shirley Arrendale, Wanda Faulkner, Andrew Finney, Jim Harding, Mary Holtman-Reed, Diane Hughes, Dixie Jones, Hilary Marabeti, Laurette Nuckols, Sandy Webster, and Betty Zuccarello.

Pictured: Bill and Amanda Sinks peruse the auction items at the 2015 Harvest Moon Soirée. Photo by Don Claussen.

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