Nashville CARES Hosts Avant Garde: Speakeasy

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Nashville CARES is hosting Avant Garde: Speakeasy on Saturday, February 27 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Presenting partner NPS Pharmacy and event chairs Mat Brooksher, Amber English, Matt Donahoe, Jeffery Humble, Mike Moore and Harrison Perry, invite you to their Speakeasy for a night of Bootleggers, Bookies and Burlesque. In true Speakeasy spirit, the secret location will be revealed the week of the party. Costumes are encouraged.

“This is the fifth year for Avant Garde, and each year is better than the last,” said event co-chair Matt Donahoe. “Everyone really gets into the theme! It’s a fun way to raise money for Nashville CARES.”

Guests will enjoy a twist on roaring twenties fare from The Chef and I. Music City Burlesque dancers will tantalize the crowd, the Nashville Repertory Theatre will perform a number from their upcoming production of Chicago and DJ Apollo will keep everyone moving on the dance floor.

The evening features a silent auction with more than 100 items, including a $2,500 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams shopping spree, handwritten lyrics by the songwriters of country’s biggest hits, music memorabilia and more.

“Avant Garde is a unique event because it really gets guests involved in the fun,” said event co-chair Harrison Perry. “From pop-up performances, to interactive food stations and a spectacular silent auction, Speakeasy has something for everyone.”

Avant Garde has become one of Nashville’s most exclusive events. It was recognized by NFocus Magazine as “Best Revamped Party” and “Best Hors D’oeuvres.”

“Avant Garde: Speakeasy is a one-of-a-kind gala, and I am thrilled to be a part of it this year,” said newly appointed Chief Development Officer Doug Alexander. “Our goal is to raise $90,000 to help Nashville CARES end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee.”

Additional partners include: The Cat’s Meow Partner – Embassy Dental/Marquee Dental; The Big Cheese Photobooth Partner – James A. Rothberg & Associates, The Charleston VIP Lounge Partner – Fifth Third Bank and The Dapper Flapper Paint Your Event Partner – AEG Live and Levy’s Clothier for Men & Women.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Early bird ticket prices end on January 31.

About Nashville CARES:  Nashville CARES is the premier HIV/AIDS organization in the region. We provide comprehensive education, a broad range of targeted services and effective advocacy, all in a highly personal, confidential and compassionate manner. We are proactively and aggressively working to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee. With your help, Nashville CARES offers services annually to 55,000 Middle Tennesseans infected and affected by HIV/AIDS including: HIV prevention education to more than 35,000 youth and adults, almost 16,000 FREE confidential HIV tests, and essential support services to 3,000 men, women and children living with the disease. To learn more, visit us at and “Like” us on Facebook