Singer-Songwriters Show Support for Local Children with Special Needs

Singer-Songwriters Show Support for Local Children with Special Needs

LEIPER’S FORK, Tenn.High Hopes Development Center, providing inclusive education and therapy to children with special needs, hosts the 8th Annual Strings & Stories: An Intimate Night of Songwriters’ Tales at 6:00pm on Saturday, February 24th at Green’s Grocery at 4345 Old Hillsboro Road in Leiper’s Fork.  This annual sell-out event features acclaimed artists Sean McConnell, Kelly Archer, and Jordan Reynolds sharing the intimate stories behind some of their most popular songs recorded by performers including Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, and Thomas Rhett to name a few.

Sean McConnell, who has a personal connection to High Hopes and has penned songs for artists Meat Loaf, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley and more will perform and host the fundraiser event to benefit children with special needs in Middle Tennessee.  Hit songwriter Kelly Archer, with songs recorded by Jason Aldean, Eli Young Band, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood and more will join McConnell on stage to share the personal stories behind her hit songs.  Rounding out the entertainment for the evening will be Jordan Reynolds, a local Belmont graduate, with songs to his credit recorded by Brett Eldredge, Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban and more. Guests are sure to have a fun and memorable night all while supporting local children with special needs.

Dinner for the event is proudly provided by Red Pony, wine by Del Rio Wine and Spirits, beer by Czann’s Brewery with dessert and coffee by Frothy MonkeyTickets are available now for this annual sell-out event for $150 each and available at or by calling 615-661-5437. Sponsorships are still available, please contact Cheryl Dean at for more information.

This charity event is made possible by generous sponsors Brett and Allyson Williams, Paul Varney Construction, Slegae LLC, Pinnacle Bank and Pittsco

Established in 1984, High Hopes Development Center is a non-profit organization that helps children and youth reach their maximum potential through two integrated programs.  Children with and without special needs are educated together in age-appropriate preschool classrooms while an on-site therapy clinic allows children with special needs to receive their required therapy services during their school day. High Hopes is truly unique in the way that children with and without special needs such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and various developmental delays play, learn, and grow together every day.   The Hoover Therapy Clinic at High Hopes provides occupational, speech, physical and feeding therapies to children from birth to 21 years.  Children with over 50 different diagnoses are learning to walk, talk, dress and feed themselves on a daily basis thanks to the friendship and support of the community.  Children with and without special needs from six weeks to Pre-K are educated and nurtured in age-appropriate inclusive classrooms at the Thompson Preschool at High Hopes.  Children receive educational instruction and nurturing while learning that we are all different, and that being different is okay.  High Hopes gives children of all intellectual, physical and mental abilities the opportunity to learn and grow together in an environment that provides a strong foundation for future academic and social success. The mission of High Hopes Development Center is to equip children, youth, and their families with the skills necessary to achieve success through education, therapeutic services, and loving support.

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