Mark Your Calendar: Holiday Benefits

December 6WMBA Presents Annual Tunes for Tots
WMBA (Women’s Music Businness Association) presents their annual Tunes for Tots in the round benefiting the Toys for Tots Foundation at the Listening Room Café, Tuesday (12/6). The lineup includes Tiffany, Margaret Durante and Bobby Pinson performing. Suggested donation is $5.

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December 8Unwrapped Toys for Admission to Writers Round
On Thursday, December 8, songwriters Lisa Carver, Shane McAnally, Mike Reid and rare-to-perform KT Oslin will appear in the round at the Troutt Theater on the campus of Belmont University to benefit Toys for Tots.

The show is sponsored by ASCAP and presented by local non-profit Generosity, founded in early 2010 by Nashville natives Shaun Daugherty and Bethni Hemphill to fund raise for hand-picked charities and to volunteer. Generosity’s principal mission is to ease the suffering of others by responding to crises as well as serving the ongoing needs of the community.

Doors open at 6 pm and the show starts at 7 pm. Admission to the event is a new unwrapped toy or a $10 donation.

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December 1112Th Annual Christmas Bluegrass Benefit Concert for Homeless
Eddie & Martha Adcock, Donna Sonner, and Gene & June Johnson will host the 12th Annual Bluegrass Christmas benefit at The Station Inn at 7 PM.

Artists expected to perform include Joe Zauner, Mark Newton, Valerie Smith, Jesse McReynolds, Roland White Band, Jimmy Bowen & Santa Fe, Claire Lynch and Matt Wingate, Alan Sibley & the Magnolia Ramblers, and Tom Gray plus surprise guests.

Suggested donation at the door is $15 as well as donations of soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, deodorant, razors, shave cream, combs, personal-size tissues, new socks & underwear, sewing kits, pens, pencils and small notebooks. All proceeds and gifts will be distributed through Room In The Inn.

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December 12Christmas 4 Kids Tour Bus Show
Barry Michael, Adam Fisher, Jessica Frech and Lynn Anderson will help Christmas 4 Kids give the joy of Christmas to thousands of Middle Tennessee children through the Tour Bus Show on 5-9 PM Monday (11/12) at the Hendersonville Wal-Mart.

Christmas 4 Kids has assisted families throughout Middle Tennessee since 1992 hosting fundraisers each year to buy presents for households that cannot afford to provide Christmas memories.

“Fans will see over 50 tour buses from top artists. For a small donation, fans can see what the artists’ home-away-from-home is really like and meet with artists and get their autographs,” said PLA Media’s CEO and President Pam Lewis. Artists who participated in the past include Chris Young, Taylor Swift, Trace Adkins and Trisha Yearwood.

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December 172nd Annual Holiday Pet Adoption Event
O.live body spa will announce the 2nd Annual Miracle on Music Row pet adoption and awareness event hosted by Emmylou Harris, Saturday (12/17), 10:30 AM- 2:30 PM at O.liv in Edgehill Village.

The event benefits Bonaparte’s Retreat, an organization in Nashville dedicated to providing nurturing foster care and homes for shelter animals. Though the event is free and open to the public, a suggested donation of $10 will be taken at the door.

Special guests The Civil Wars, Mike Farris and Buddy Miller will perform with Emmylou Harris.

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December 5 – Oak Ridge Boys Chattanooga, TN
December 21 – Oak Ridge Boys Knoxville, TN
December 7 – December 21 Oak Ridge Boys TV Special
The Oak Ridge Boys are teaming with Save the Children to kick off the a 31-city holiday tour, and have recorded a half-hour Christmas Special set to begin airing on Friday, (12/7).

Check local listings this holiday season through 12/21 or log on to Save the Children’s YouTube Channel for a chance to catch the blend of yuletide favorites, Oak Ridge Boys hits, and their newly-released single, “What’cha Gonna Do” from their Cracker Barrel exclusive CD, It’s Only Natural.

“We take pleasure in announcing that our group is partnering with Save the Children during this year’s Christmas tour,” Oak Ridge Boys member Duane Allen says. “There’s no need for any child to suffer from poverty, but in reality, there are millions who need our help.”

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