A Record Breaking Gala
We’re thrilled to share the highlights from our 10th Anniversary “I have a Voice” Gala and Auction presented by The Brett Boyer Foundation. With 270 people in attendance at City Winery, the energy in the room was electric as we celebrated our mission to support individuals with Down syndrome and their families in Middle Tennessee.
The evening kicked off with a competitive silent auction where no item was left without a bid, which was a testament to the generosity of our supporters and auction donors. From local sports tickets to a guitar signed by Vince Gill and Amy Grant, the silent auction had something for everyone.
As dinner began, we were welcomed by our Board President, Gerd Peters, and GiGi’s Ambassador, Bethany Stineman. One of the highlights of the program was the presentation of the Gloria and Cindy Knoch Volunteer Spirit Award by our Tutoring Coordinator, Amy Hirt, and GiGi’s Ambassador, Ryan Pittman. This award celebrates the hard work and dedication of a volunteer who has given their time and effort to make our organization a success in the last year. This year we were honored to present the award to longtime volunteer tutor, Lindsey Guerin. We are so grateful for every single one of our volunteers’ contributions and can’t thank them enough.
As a celebration of 10 years of serving middle Tennessee, we were excited to welcome founding board member and GiGi’s parent, Kim Coure, as our Keynote speaker.
Following these inspiring speeches, we began our live auction, with attendees bidding generously to support our cause. From once-in-a-lifetime experiences to being the last hero, the live auction gave everyone an opportunity to support our organization.
To cap off the night, everyone hit the dance floor for some lively line dancing. It was a great way to end the evening, with everyone coming together to celebrate our mission and the success of the fundraiser.
We are thrilled to announce that the event raised over $390,000, which will provide over $317,000 for our organization! We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of our sponsors, volunteers, and attendees who made this event such a success. It is through their support that we can continue our mission of changing the way the world sees Down syndrome and sending a global message of acceptance for all.