Nashville CARES celebrated its 35th year of serving residents in Nashville and Middle Tennessee with a virtual Celebration of Hope Gala on Saturday, Aug. 22, live-streamed from the soon-to-open, National Museum of African American Music located in downtown Nashville. The Gala, hosted by actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, featured a silent auction, scholarship announcement and a virtual dinner.
The Gala is Nashville CARES’ first virtual fundraiser of 2020, and money raised supports critical programs for people living with HIV and those as-risk. For the price of admission, Gala guests received a virtual swag bag, including links for a VIP reception, silent auction items and the opportunity to enjoy unique entertainment acts. They also received Uber Eats or Grubhub meal vouchers to order dinner delivery from their favorite local restaurant to enjoy during the event.
The Celebration of Hope Gala host, Sheryl Lee Ralph, is best known for her roles as Deena Jones in the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls,” for which she received a Tony Award nomination. In addition to “Dreamgirls,” Ralph has appeared in countless other shows and movies, such as “Moesha” and “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.” Other special guests and performances included Cody Alan and Shannon Sanders.
Nashville CARES honored community leaders Dr. James Hildreth of Meharry Medical School and Dr. David Aronoff of Vanderbilt Medical School, along with corporate partners Bridgestone and DELL and philanthropic partners Iris Buhl and James R. Kelley, and community partners Rev. James Sanders and Meharry Medical College.