June 16, 2024


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Raise the Roofs event returns next month, aims to support new inclusive playground in Franklin | Community

Pals of Franklin Parks’ yearly Elevate the Roofs celebration is set for Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm.

Celebration chairs are focusing the 11th annual fundraiser on a new initiative: Making the Desire at Ellie G’s Dream Planet, Franklin’s initially inclusive playground slated to be manufactured at the new Southeast Park. 

Longtime Close friends of Franklin Parks (FOFP) Board Customers Mary Looney, Amy Cross Nance and Katie Spence are serving as Co-Chairs, with Stacey Perry of Down to the Wire leading event logistics at the time once again.

As portion of Increase the Roofs, beloved local community leader Judy Hayes has been named Honorary Co-Chair. Hayes, whose late husband Jim was born and elevated on Harlinsdale Farm, was a school teacher for many years, served on the Williamson County Fee for just about 30 decades and has been actively involved in management roles with a assortment of nonprofits these as the Williamson County Good, Check out Franklin, Williamson Inc. and Pals of the Williamson County Animal Center.

Amy Cross Nance, who served start the non-revenue Mates of Franklin Parks in 2011, suggests the chairs are fired up to honor Ms. Hayes when expanding the concentrate of the occasion outside of Harlinsdale to the $1.5 million fundraising marketing campaign for Ellie G’s Aspiration World.

“With the restoration of equally the Primary Barn and the Hayes Home at Harlinsdale now set to start off, we are honored to shine a light on the inclusive playground that will impact so several life in this sort of a good way,” Nance stated. “This is an additional big enterprise that will develop into a supply of satisfaction for anyone in Franklin. The outcomes of Elevate the Roofs events of the very last 10 years are coming to fruition now, and it’s an enjoyable time for our outstanding Parks and Trails method.”

Looney, an active local community volunteer who has served on the boards of the Struggle Ground Academy Moms and dads Association and St. George’s Kindergarten as she raises her two kids with orthopedic surgeon Colin Looney, M.D., will deliver her career experience in marketing and branding to Elevate the Roofs.

Katie Spence, FOFP Board Treasurer and internal audit supervisor with Jackson Countrywide Existence, will add her economic acumen, celebration organizing practical experience and creativity to Creating The Dream at the 11th Once-a-year celebration.

“We appear forward all calendar year to celebrating the aid, preservation, development and generous giving across an complete group for our fantastic Franklin Parks,” Spence said. “We have considerably to celebrate from the previous 12 months, and so a lot a lot more however to carry out.”

A twilight polo party at the Tractor Provide Co. Arena at Harlinsdale will kick off the celebration on Friday, Aug. 19, and the main event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. under the major tent on the lawn of the Hayes House. Patrons can anticipate loads of great foods, drink and cheer, live tunes and an immediately after celebration commencing at 8:30 p.m.

For sponsorship facts and other aspects, make sure you speak to FOFP Executive Director Torrey Barnhill at [email protected] or by phone at (615) 674-5388. The group claims all proceeds “reward Buddies of Franklin Parks and the organization’s endeavours to continually greatly enhance and link the City’s amazing park system.”

Founded in 2011, the not-for-revenue Good friends of Franklin Parks, Inc. claims it exists “to cultivate stewardship inside of the group to protect cultural and all-natural methods, increase the park encounter and increase its legacy for potential generations.”