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Chair-ish The Night With Vince Gill & Friends Benefit for STARS


Celebrating its 5th incredible year, Chair-ish The Night With Vince Gill & Friends returns to the beautiful Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum on Friday, Nov. 22, for a night of art and music with Gill’s surprise lineup of guests which previously included Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss, Dierks Bentley, Keb’ Mo’ and Amy Grant.

Bringing a surprise line-up each year, in 2012, Vince Gill brought songwriter Natalie Hemby, Sheryl Crow & Keb’ Mo’ for his annual benefit for STARS. (Photo by Peyton Hoge)

During the benefit, which helps Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) assist mid-state youth, families and schools with tough social and emotional barriers to learning, the prestigious ADAM Award will presented and nominations are now being accepted for the individual who has consistently gone the extra mile to promote the importance of accepting differences among mankind (ADAM). Deadline is October 18 and  click here for an application.

Patron chairs for the star-studded Gill benefit are former Tennessean Titans and Franklin businessman Derrick Mason along with Nashville philanthropist Kelly Crockett who say the 5th year for this event will be its best ever.

Patron co-chairs former Tennessee Titan and Franklin businessman Derrick Mason and philanthropist Kelly Crockett pictured here with event chairwoman Christy Smith, in the center.

“Kelly and I are thrilled to be joining Vince Gill in helping an organization make a difference daily in the lives of so many Middle Tennessee families, schools and communities. November 22nd will be a remarkable night of music with Vince set to surprise us again with an incredible lineup of talented friends,” Mason said.

Benefit chairwoman Christy Smith said the conservatory of the Country Music Hall of Fame is the backdrop of the huge silent auction and unique art event where notable artist and gallery owner Ron York is creating ten star-themed paintings which Gill will sign as well as other gorgeous pieces from area artists. Visit STARS Facebook page for an art preview.


“Prior to the concert will be a fun social hour and a silent auction including impressive array of items from Predators and Titans tickets and jerseys to autographed stools used by the Gill and guests during the concert and a one hour of guest hosting on 102.5 The Game with George Plaster and Willy Daunic,” Smith said.  “A very special part of the pre-concert festivities is the presentation of the ADAM Award established In 1999 by Kids On The Block founder Alva Duke in memory of her son, Adam, born with Down Syndrome. This incredible program of STARS helps kindergarten through sixth grade students understand, accept and honor differences while fighting prejudice and injustice.”

Beautiful like “Cheep Seat” by Jade Reynolds, jewelry, area sports tickets & more are part of the silent auction prior to the Vince Gill & Friends concert on Nov. 22. Preview here.

Chair-ish The Night With Vince Gill & Friends is being presented Friday, November 22 with an art auction and cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m. in the Conservatory of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum followed by a 9:00 p.m. concert in the Ford Theatre.  With limited seating, exclusive patron tickets are available for $275.00 which includes premium concert seating and a post-concert meet and greet with Vince Gill.  Individual
tickets are $175.00 and tickets for only the art auction and cocktail reception are $75.   For more information, contact STARS at 615-983-6805.

A nationally recognized and evidenced-based resource for student assistance, training and professional consultation, STARS assists students, families and schools with prevention, intervention and treatment services addressing bullying, substance abuse, violence, and social and emotional barriers to success. Founded in 1984, STARS staff operate in schools and community sites throughout Middle Tennessee via STARS Specialists, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services as well as through Youth Overcoming Drug Abuse (YODA) as a licensed alcohol and drug out-patience treatment facility. Their Kids On The Block puppetry program helps educate kindergarten through sixth grade students about health and social concerns that affect their lives while promoting an understanding and acceptance of all children and adults regardless of their differences.