Nashville RecoveryFest 2014

Nashville RecoveryFest, September's National Recovery Month, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders

To honor National Recovery Month, please join STARS, as well as families, friends, and individuals impacted by the power of recovery, on September 27, 2014 at the East Park Greenspace in Nashville, TN from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Let’s celebrate and spread the message that recovery does happen! Why Attend The Event? Recovery is never going to be an easy journey. One important factor in the success of that journey is being surrounded by a community of support. Everyone needs loving and … [Read more...]

2014 Adam Award Nomination

What Is The ADAM Award (Accepting Differences Among Mankind)? The ADAM award was established to honor the life of Adam Duke, son of Alva and Mark Duke of Franklin, TN. Adam Duke was born with Down syndrome and although his life did not last long, his memory and impact on the world will forever be felt. In 1981, Alva founded Kids on the Block to both honor Adam's life and because she wanted to help kids learn to be accepting of each other regardless of their differences. This award is given … [Read more...]

September National Recovery Month

national recovery month, substance abuse, mental health disorders

National Recovery Month turns 25 this year!! To honor this important milestone, it is our hope you will join us as we celebrate those courageous individuals working a personal program of recovery.  Recovery Month isn’t just to promote awareness. It is much more. National Recovery Month promotes positive change in how we perceive recovery from addiction in all its forms. It is also about educating our community to overcome the shameful stigma of mental health and substance abuse disorders. The … [Read more...]

STARS Selected For Charity Tour of Homes

CTH 2014, Students Taking A Right Stand, (STARS), Nashville, TN

Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) has been tapped as one of the benefiting nonprofits of the 2014 Charity Tour of Homes April 25-May 4. Also a benefiting charity in 2012, STARS Chief Development Officer Erin Daunic said it is an honor to be selected again for the event which donates 100% of its profits to area nonprofits. Over two weekends, six days, with one ticket, visitors can tour 11 homes stretching from the lake of Fairvue Plantation to Thompson’s Station.  Tickets can be … [Read more...]

Monday, June 9, 2014 – 22nd HART GOLF CLASSIC for STARS

22nd Annual HART GOLF CLASSIC FOR STARS Monday, June 9, 2014 Golf Club of Tennessee Kingston Springs, TN ~~~~~~ It’s not just a day of golf.  It’s a young person’s future. This year marks the 22nd year of the Hart Golf Classic.  All proceeds raised by the Hart Golf Classic go directly to the youth served by STARS.  Last year alone we reached 80,000 young people and their families.  From our STARS specialists who work in the school buildings every day, to our trained Kids on the Block … [Read more...]

York & Friends Art Benefit for STARS!

Creason Clayton, York & Friends Fine Art Gallery, Nashville, TN

Friend of STARS, artist and gallery owner Ron York is using his third anniversary gallery celebration as a benefit for Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS). York & his talented team of artists are hosting a free party celebrating also his second expansion and the day includes a special offering of the works of renown Nashville artist, the late Creason Clayton Saturday, March 8 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at his Belle Meade area gallery, 107 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205. York … [Read more...]

STARS & Predators Launch Bullying Prevention Campaign

Governor Bill Haslam proclaimed Jan. 20-24, 2014 as Bee A Friend Week in honor of STARS bullying prevention campaign.

With the goal of changing the world one friend at a time, Nashville Predators Player Colin Wilson joined Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) today in launching a proactive bullying prevention effort created by two middle school students called Bee A Friend Campaign. Proclaimed Bee A Friend Week by Governor Bill Haslam, STARS CEO Rodger Dinwiddie, also president of the International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA), and Wilson shared the campaign plans of middle school students … [Read more...]

Come out on January 18th to support STARS and the beloved Nashville Predators!!

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Our good friends at the Nashville Predators have partnered with STARS (as well our friends at BeeAttitudes) to create a Public Service Announcement which will be debuted at the Predators v. Avalanche game on Saturday, January 18th at Bridgestone arena.   To help us celebrate, the Preds have created a link from which to purchase tickets with a percentage of your ticket price coming back to STARS!   Please be there with us as we debut our PSA!!  And, the first 1,000 attendees … [Read more...]

Keb’ Mo’ Opens International Bullying Prevention Assoc. Nashville Meeting

Keb' Mo' joined Vince Gill for a STARS benefit & opens up the IBPA conference on Nov. 11, 2013. (Photo by Peyton Hoge)

Creating Compassionate Schools and Communities Organizers expect more than 800 school and community agency staff members to attend the International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) two-day conference this year, scheduled for November 10-12 at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown. Participants work with pre-school through university students and all have the same mission to stop bullying. Rodger Dinwiddie, CEO of STARS Nashville and President of IBPA, has announced that the 8:00 am opening … [Read more...]

STARS Supports Vince Gill & Predators Nashville’s Top Philanthropists

STARS supports Vince Gill as Nashville's Philanthropist of the Year, here with Erin Daunic and son, Vince and Ron York, upcoming benefit art chair.

Vince Gill and the Nashville Predators Foundation, key STARS supporters, were celebrated on National Philanthropy Day by the Nashville Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for their profound impact on the work of non-profit organizations. A famous Gill lyric was quoted in the presentation of the award, 2013 Philanthropist of the Year, "no matter what you make, all you can take is what you giveaway." In response, Gill joked he used to be a non-profit. Touched by the honor, … [Read more...]


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