SOLID Raises Record-Breaking $58,000 For Big Brothers Big Sisters

Pictured (L -R, front row): Emily Grabowski, Victoria Chaitoff, Johnny Cloherty; (L-R, middle row): Amanda Quinton, Jordan Lipsey, Ashley White, Ammie Sortor; (L-R, back row): Collin Trudan, Luke Pierce, Erin Pettit, Avery King, Ellen Larson. Photo: Erika Rock.

Society Of Leadership In Development (SOLID)’s 9th annual Music Row Madness, hosted by Topgolf, made history this week, raising more than $58,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee (BBBSMT). The evening broke records for both organizations for the second year in a row, pulling in more money than any single event for BBBSMT and marking SOLID’s most successful fundraiser in over 20 years—breaking 2018’s record of $52,000.

“An event of this scale and impact would not be possible without the unwavering support of our music community, and we are so grateful,” said Victoria Chaitoff, chair of SOLID’s Community Outreach committee. “We could not have accomplished such an enormous feat without the efforts of each player, spectator, business that donated items for the silent auction, partner at BBBSMT and amazing staff member at Topgolf. Not to mention, of course, the entirety of SOLID, its executive board and our tireless committee.”

“We are incredibly proud that Music Row Madness 2019 marks another record-breaking year in the history of our organizations and that we could donate more than $58,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee,” added co-chair Ashley White.

Pictured (L-R): Victoria Chaitoff (Warner Music Group), Jeff Jastrow (NBC Sports), Jake Kiley (CAA), Ben Haley (WORKS Entertainment), Austin Johnson (Tennessee Titans), Luke Pierce (WORKS Entertainment), Laura Carnell (BBBS), Ashley White (Rebel Engine).

With more than 200 industry members in attendance, spanning labels, agencies, publishers, management companies and more, the event included a competitive golf round as well as a silent auction and raffle. Morris Higham’s “Fore The Kids” and the team from Flood Bumstead McCready & McCarthy placed third and second respectively with their massive fundraising efforts, while Team WORKS (WORKS Entertainment) led the pack with nearly $15,000. The funds raised from the event will sponsor approximately 40 big/little matches for an entire year, allowing BBBSMT to conduct background checks on volunteers, recruit and train members and provide ongoing support.

Pictured (L-R): UTA’s Ashley Jackson, Christina Jones, Kaleb Tooker, Haley Fairman, Liam Keitz, Cassie Trimble.

“SOLID never ceases to impress, but last night’s record-shattering fundraising event still leaves me speechless,” said SOLID’s two-term President, Johnny Cloherty. “I am humbled to serve an organization that attracts such talented and passionate people, without whom events like this would never be possible.”

To learn more about SOLID, visit solidnashville.org.

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