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Franklin Wine Festival

Franklin Wine Festival

The committee for the ninth annual Franklin Wine Festival, presented by Cool Springs Wines and Spirits and supported by Nissan, held its committee kick off at Big Brothers Big Sisters this week. The annual food and wine tasting event is a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, and will be held Friday, October 11 at the Factory at Franklin.

The Franklin Wine Festival is a celebration of food and wine that also includes live entertainment on multiple stages throughout the Factory, a silent and live auction, and delicious samplings of more than 300 wines and culinary tastings from 35 Middle Tennessee area restaurants and caterers. Advance tickets will be available at soon for $89 each. The event is anticipated to sell out quickly; however, if door sales are allowed, they will be $100 each.

Committee members for 2013 are: James and Jackie Woodard, Honorary Chairs; members Karen Ahern, Fifth Third Bank; Richard Alberts; Kenneth Bargers, Pilkerton Realtors; Savannah Bass, Peritus PR; Susan Collins, Prudential: Michael Davis, Star Distributing; Blaine Duncan; Justin Essary, First Community Mortgage; Angela Evans, Double Diamond Marketing + Communications; Penny Floyd, Cool Springs Wines & Spirits; Caprice Fussell; Connie Harvey, Pilkerton Realtors; Chardae Hawley, Jackson; Beth High, BMI; Debbie Hotard, Allstate Insurance; Mia Howard, Intreprid College Prep; Alex Hughes, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce; Andrea Stilwell, Bank of America; Janice Tant, Harpeth Valley Elementary; Philip Thompson, Cool Springs Wines & Spirits; Christie Trost, Wirtgen America; and Gary Wynn, Exit Realty.

The 2012 Franklin Wine Festival raised over $189,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters. To date, the event has raised more than $887,000 for children.

The funds raised by the Franklin Wine Festival events will be used to serve more children with a mentor throughout Middle Tennessee through Big Brothers Big Sisters programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee served 2,078 children in 2012 with a mentor.

The organization depends on donations to help recruit volunteers and reach more children. Funding is used to conduct background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety, and provide ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships.

For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit or call (615) 329-9191.