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Our Kids will host 50 of Nashville's finest restaurants and more than 1,500 patrons at the 21st Annual Soup Sunday on February 23, 2014 from 11am to 2pm at LP Field Club Level West. You're invited to come taste Nashville's best soup and cast your vote for your favorite!

Celebrity judges include two actors from ABC's hit show Nashville - Eric Close ("Teddy Conrad") and Charles Esten ("Deacon Claybourne") - as well as Musician Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts, Vanderbilt Football Head Coach Derek Mason and Lightning 100 DJ Lt. Dan. Chef judges include Al Anderson of Big Al's Deli, Ed Butler of US Foods, Nancy Vienneau of Good Food Matters and food writer Kay West, People Magazine, and Nikki Wood, Nashville Scene. George Plaster, Radio Host of 102.5 The Game, will emcee the event. 

At $40 per family and $20 per adult when purchased in advance, this affordable event features plentiful entertainment for the kids, such as magicians, balloon artists, and face painters. There is also a silent auction where bidders can win vacation packages, event tickets, gift certificates and more.  Discounted tickets may be purchased in advance at until noon, Friday, February 21. 

Tickets may be purchased online or at the door the day of the event for: $45/family, $25/adult;8/child or students.  For more information, call Our Kids at (615) 341-4917 or email 

Our Kids mission is to provide expert medical evaluations and crisis counseling for children and families affected by child sexual abuse. Our Kids also conducts research and increases community awareness about child sexual abuse. 




The Alex LeVasseur Memorial Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee presents the seventh annual Jeffrey Steele and Friends benefit concert. The event features Jeffrey Steele and various artists performing in memory of Steele's late son, Alex LeVasseur.

Artists performing live with Jeffrey Steele and his band include Montgomery Gentry, Chris Janson, The Shuggah Pies, LoCash Cowboys, Steve Cropper and others to be announced. Great American Country's Storme Warren will host the event. 

The event will also feature a live auction, with items including an ACM Ticket package, Black Crowes autographed guitar, event guitar signed by all the evening's performers and more.

When:  Tuesday, March 11 at 7pm

Where:  The Franklin Theatre (419 Main Street, Franklin, TN)

Why:  Jeffrey Steele and Friends benefits the Alex LeVasseur Memorial Fund of The Community Foundation and its initiatives to support programs and organizations that aide and impact youth in Middle Tennessee. Jeffrey Steele and his family created the Alex LeVasseur Memorial Fund at The Community Foundation after Steele's 13-year-old son Alex passed away in January 2007 in an ATV accident.   One of the Fund's focuses is providing safe, supportive opportunities for youth with an interest in skateboarding, which was Alex's passion.  

A portion of the evening's proceeds will benefit The Beat of Life, an organization that provides therapeutic music programs to human/social service organizations and Middle Tennesseans in need that cannot otherwise afford it.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show starting at 7 p.m. VIP packages are sold out. General admission tickets are available for $75, $100, and $150. The $150 ticket features balcony seating, and includes two complimentary glasses of wine per person and an autographed 8x10 photo of Jeffrey Steele per order.   For Jeffrey Steele and Friends tickets, visit or For more information on the Alex LeVasseur Memorial Fund and its initiatives, visit



When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Where: 106 Claude Yates Dr., next to Franklin High School

Why: The shelter is now an official participant in the Vets Adopt Pets program which honors the service of active duty and military veterans by providing a fee waiver for pet adoptions.   

How: Call (615) 790-5590, Adoptable animals can be viewed at or at the center.




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