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Brentwood couple to be honored at Gilda's Club Red Door Bash

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Juli and Earl Fitz

Gildas Club Red Door Bash honorees Juli and Earl Fitz with Gilda's Club staffer Elain Dorris.

Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee will hold its biggest fundraiser of the year, the 2020 Red Door Bash, Sept. 3 beginning at 6:30 p.m., and a Brentwood couple will be honored.

The event, to be held virtually, will commemorate another year of free cancer support for individuals and families in 15 Middle Tennessee counties and celebrate several community leaders for their giving hearts and extraordinary impact, including Brentwood’s Juli and Earl Fitz. The longtime Gilda’s Club members, donors and advocates will receive the Dr. Gail Addlestone Community Building Award.

Also being awarded will be Cathy and Clay Jackson. Cathy Jackson is a past board chair and current advisory board member, and the longtime donors will receive the Red Door Champion Award. Longtime Gilda’s Club Program Director Felice Apolinsky, LCSW, who is retiring after 22 years of service, will also be recognized.

“This year’s event is being held virtually to safeguard all of our guests, but especially those we serve, many of whom have compromised immune systems,” said Hayley Levy, Gilda’s Club director of development. “Like many things these days, it’s been quite the pivot, but we’re really excited about what’s planned. Our event committee, led by Victoria Marger and Rae Hirsch, has come up with some incredibly creative ideas to ensure this a once-in-a-lifetime evening.” 

According to Levy, in addition to a virtual awards program, guests will hear from a Gilda’s Club member in the form of a “Member Moment,” participate in a wine pull fundraiser, enjoy an online auction featuring fabulous trips and a variety of other unique items, and more. 

“Our Red Door Bash committee has been hard at work since January planning an event that will be entertaining, memorable and fun,” co-Chair Rae Hirsch said. “I’m most excited about our packages for virtual table hosts and sponsors, which include a range of goodies — from a night-of porch photo session to a ‘Party in a Red Box’ filled with items from community partners like Omni Nashville Hotel, Lipman Brothers and Sam’s Club Franklin.” 

Invitations for the Red Door Bash will be mailed this month, according to Hirsch. Individual tickets are $175, and virtual table hosting opportunities are available at $1,750 and $2,500. Gilda’s Club’s hope is that table hosts will create intimate, at-home parties during the virtual event — participating in a Zoom pre-show cocktail party, a contest for best table decorations, the online auction and other activities allowing attendees to be together from home. 

“It’s an honor to once again be a part of the team planning and executing Gilda’s Club Red Door Bash,” co-Chair Victoria Marger, who also chaired the event in 2019, said. “Gilda’s Club is an essential resource for those in our community impacted by cancer, and it’s vital that we support them, especially at a point in time when cancer patients are feeling more isolated and anxious than ever before.”

To learn more or purchase tickets to Gilda’s Club’s 2020 Red Door Bash, sponsored in part by Omni Nashville Hotel and Burr + Forman, visit https://GildasRedDoor.givesmart.com. For virtual table host and event sponsorship information, e-mail hayley@gildasclubmiddletn.org

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