The 2014 “Music With A Mission” filled the Schermerhorn Symphony Center with lively music and energy on Oct. 12 as the event raised $200,000 to benefit the Nashville Rescue Mission, which serves more than 2,000 meals per day to the hungry and homeless in the Nashville community.
Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Steve and Rudy, hosted this year’s event, with performers including country-recording artist Tracy Lawrence; Lynda Carter, singer, film and television star, who played the role of “Wonder Woman”; Chip Esten, comedian, actor and singer, known for his role as “Deacon” in ABC’s hit drama, Nashville; The Henningsens, a family trio of musicians and songwriters; The Willis Clan, of ABC’s America’s Got Talent, a family of musicians, dancers, athletes, writers and artists; and Jesse Lee Jones, owner of Robert’s Western World and the leader of its house band, Brazilbilly.
“We are so grateful to the Nashville community for their support,” said Glenn Cranfield, president and chief executive officer of Nashville Rescue Mission. “This year’s Music With A Mission event was a huge success! It was an incredible night of entertainment and awareness. We are incredibly grateful to Alan Valentine, president and chief executive officer of the Nashville Symphony, for facilitating this special event in the beautiful Schermerhorn Symphony Center. A special thank you to Conductor, Jim Gray and the amazing Nashville Symphony Orchestra for sharing their talents with us. Certainly, without the participation of the incredibly talented artists who participated, this evening would not have been possible. Thank you: Tracy Lawrence, Lynda Carter, Chip Esten, The Henningsens, The Willis Clan, and Jesse Lee Jones, and last, but certainly not least—Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Steve and Rudy, for hosting the evening. Also, with gratitude, we thank Demetria Kalodimos for serving as master of ceremonies for the night. The Mission would also like to thank our generous sponsors and those who donated items for the silent auction. Your gifts will allow the Mission to serve the homeless and hungry in our community. Thank you!”