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May 26, 2024

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High Hopes’ Anniversary with Strings & Stories

High Hopes Development Center is marking its 40th year as a non-profit organization, and the celebration begins with one of its signature fundraisers, Strings & Stories, to be held Thursday, Feb. 29, at the Franklin Theatre.

“Strings & Stories is the first of our many events that will celebrate 40 years of High Hopes’ service to the community,” said Brandy Blanton, High Hopes Director of Development. “This marks our second year of hosting in the historic Franklin Theatre, and we’re incredibly excited to ring in our fourth decade with these esteemed performers and our supporters.”

The 14th annual songwriters event begins at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:15 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at here for $100 per person and include complimentary wine, beer and popcorn.

This year’s songwriters include:

  • Beth Nielsen Chapman
  • Sandy Emory Lawrence
  • Tommy Sims
  • Trent Willmon

High Hopes will continue celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout the year with its signature fundraising events along with other opportunities to support its mission. Upcoming events include:

  • Giving on the Green – March 25 at The Grove
  • Runway of Hope – April 14 at The Factory at Franklin
  • High Hopes & Hops – August (Date TBD)
  • Hats Off to High Hopes – November (Date TBD)

For a full list of events and more information, visit



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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.