Presented by the Patricia Hart Society, this year’s luncheon will be held from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (silent auction opens at 10:30 am) on Friday, February 13 in Jamison Hall at The Factory of Franklin. Laura Faber will once again host HeART to Heart, a benefit for United Way of Williamson County. Linde Pflaum and Dru Milligan-Otterpohl are co-chairing the event.
HeART to Heart, features a luncheon, silent auction, and guest speakers. Last year’s event raised almost $17,000 to help individuals through 54 programs that United Way of Williamson County supports with its partner agencies.
The Patricia Hart Society will present the third annual “Woman of Achievement” Award. This award is given to a woman who has made a positive impact in Williamson County through her involvement in some aspect of United Way of Williamson County. Liz Johnson, a very active community volunteer, was last year’s recipient.
Motivational speaker and musical artist, Ester Nicholson will be the keynote speaker at this year’s event. Combining her message of personal empowerment with inspirational music, this soulful and powerful vocalist will touch hearts as she talks about her life’s journey and the belief that anything can be transcended when you have people who believe in you.
Nicholson overcame tremendous struggles with drug addiction and domestic violence. She also has enjoyed remarkable life experiences. Her singing credentials include performing as a member of Rod Stewart’s band and world tours with Bette Midler. Ester sang backup for Barbra Streisand, Faith Hill, Beyonce, Al Green, and has appeared on numerous television shows including “Oprah”, “The Tonight Show”, “Good Morning America”, “The View” and “Ellen”.
Her story, her music and her words will leave you inspired with a renewed sense of hope. "My intention is that people come away from this event feeling inspired and empowered to be all that they were created to be, and to experience the faith this can be accomplished.” says Nicholson. "Whatever you’ve experienced in the past, no matter how hard it’s been, it’s never too late to create the miracle of magnificence. I’m a living example that all things are possible.”
HeART to Heart is sponsored by: Ford Motor Company Fund; Bob Crosby; Capstar; Community Health Systems; Fifth Third; Pinnacle Financial Partners; Publix Super Markets Charities Inc.; Southern Land Company and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In-kind sponsors include: AIM Mail Center; Constant Cravings Caterers; FranklinIs.com; Journal Communications Inc.; Southern Events; Springtree Productions and VIP Franklin.
The Patricia Hart Society creates opportunities for women to take a leadership role in positively impacting the community through the work of United Way of Williamson County. United Way seeks to inspire hope and create opportunities for a better life for all. Williamson County resident and active community volunteer, Patricia Hart, lent her name to this effort because of her strong belief in United Way and as she puts it, “extraordinary things happen when women come together.”
For more information and to reserve seats for this event,
call United Way’s office at (615) 771-2312.