Button Ball gala hopes to build on string of success

Former MLB pitcher R.A. Dickey to be guest speaker

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Davis House Child Advocacy Center has announced former Major League Baseball pitcher and 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner, MBA and UT Alumnus R.A. Dickey will be the special guest speaker at its annual Button Ball gala presented by Andrews Transportation Group to be held on Saturday, March 7 at The Factory at Franklin in Liberty Hall.

The night will start with a cocktail reception and silent auction beginning at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. when Dickey, the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner, New York Times bestselling author and MBA and Tennessee alumnus, will speak. A “not-so-silent” auction will follow to add to the excitement, and a live auction and dancing will close out the night.

The event draws well over 350 guests annually, with the last two years setting attendance benchmarks, and promises to be a big event again this year. This black-tie-optional gala raises funds for the services and programs Davis House provides to children facing sexual or severe physical abuse and their families, all of which are provided at no cost.

“We are thrilled to have R.A. Dickey as our guest speaker this year,” Davis House Executive Director Marcus Stamps said. “He has an amazing story of resiliency and hope. He brings a unique perspective relative to the services we offer and for which we continue to need ongoing community support.”

NewsChannel 5 anchor Rhori Johnston will return as master of ceremonies, and Heidi Schwartz will again provide a unique Paint Your Event experience with a memorable interpretive live painting, capturing the evening on canvas. This painting will then be featured in a live auction at the close of Button Ball. Jessica Willis Fisher from The Willis Clan will provide a special musical performance during the evening.

“This event highlights the great work of Davis House and their partnerships with law enforcement, Department of Children’s Services, the District Attorney General’s office and Juvenile Court as they investigate and prosecute child abuse cases,” said Nelson Andrews, president of Andrews Transportation Group. “We are pleased to be the Presenting Sponsor of this wonderful fundraiser, and we challenge others to show their support for Davis House by sponsoring and attending this event, as well as partnering with them to help keep the children in our community safe.”

Various sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available. Sponsorships include an exclusive VIP meet and greet and autograph signing with Dickey at 5:30 p.m. the night of the event.

Join Davis House Child Advocacy Center for a memorable evening of dining, dancing and donations by going to www.davishousecac.org and purchasing tickets. For more information on registering as a sponsor, volunteering or to donate auction items, contact Stacie Blazic at 615-727-4437 or stacie@davishousecac.org.

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