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FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center embraced Hollywood glam for An Evening in Old Hollywood fundraising event

FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center embraced Hollywood glam for An Evening in Old Hollywood fundraising event

Nashville, Tenn. – FiftyForward J.L. Turner Center embraced “old school” Hollywood glam for its first fundraising and friendraising event, An Evening in Old Hollywood, this past Friday, Sept. 28 held at its sister center, FiftyForward Martin Center (906 Heritage Way, Brentwood 37027).  Attendees arrived in style, took glamour photographs on the red carpet, enjoy a catered dinner, silent auction, live music from the 1940s and, of course, dancing.

Proceeds from this event benefit the programs and services of FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center. Established in 2006, the center serves more than 860 members annually. The FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center has created a strong community of members since its opening in 2006 inside the Bellevue Family YMCA. All YMCA members 50+ are automatically given center membership in order to take advantage of the center’s innovative and engaging programs.

Some of the many programs offered at the center include: Bellevue History & Genealogy Club, health & wellness education, art classes, service projects, writer’s groups, Medicare education, access to supportive care services, day trips, music, theatre, and much more. The center is one of seven centers operated by FiftyForward across the region, serving more than 20,000 individuals and their families each year. It is not uncommon for center members to credit FiftyForward for vastly improving their health, quality of life, and social engagement.

Entertainment was provided by the Larry Mechem Quartet, playing jazz and swing from the 1940s. Sponsors included Edward Jones Financial, Monell’s Dining and Catering, Moore & Moore Garden Center, Messer Construction, Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance, Bright Health, City Limits Bakery & Café, ELM Collection Gifts, and Wang Vision Institute. Dinner by CRAVE Catering.

FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center members enjoyed an evening of swing dancing to music provided by the Larry Mechem Quartet. All photos: FiftyForward/Misa Acox

Larry and Nancy Mechem and their band provided an evening of pure swinging jazz of the 1940s.










FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center members Nita and Bob Henderson enjoyed a romantic waltz.

The event not only raised funds for the center, but was also a “friend” raising event, too. Matt Creekmore (L), FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center Advisory Council chair, meets member Robbie Lasky in line for the buffet. Creekmore also represented Edward Jones, a sponsor for the event.











Dr. Ming Wang, of Wang Eye Institute, stopped by the event to offer his well wishes to FiftyForward Executive Director Janet Jernigan as she retires this December. Wang has taught dance classes and offered seminars in eye health at several centers.

The silent auction offered many items in a range of price points and center members enjoyed the variety offered.