Gilda’s Club to host virtual Red Door Bash

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Felice Apolinsky, Gilda's Club program director, opens the Gilda's Club signature red door to welcome guests to its location on Carothers Parkway.

Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee will host its biggest fundraiser of the year, the Red Door Bash, virtually in September.

“This year’s event will be held virtually to safeguard all of our guests, but especially those we serve, many of whom have compromised immune systems,” said Hayley Levy, the director of development for Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee. “Like many things these days, it’s been quite the pivot, but we’re really excited about what’s planned. Our event committee has come up with some incredibly creative ideas to ensure the evening is fun, engaging, and memorable.”

Through this event, the organization plans to bring business and community leaders together to celebrate another year of free cancer support for individuals and families in 15 Middle Tennessee counties, honor several community leaders for giving to the community, and raise money for the continued mission of Gilda’s Club. The online event will include a virtual auction with a variety of items and travel packages.

“Our Red Door Bash committee has been hard at work since January, planning an event that will be entertaining and fun,” said event co-chair Rae Hirsch. “I’m most excited about our packages for ‘table hosts’ and sponsors, which include a variety of goodies, thanks to community partners like Omni Nashville Hotel, Lipman Brothers, and Sam’s Club Franklin. And our silent auction, which is available to all ticket holders, includes so many, many unique items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”

Gilda’s Club runs a free cancer support program, which serves anyone impacted by cancer, including those diagnosed and their family and friends. Gilda’s Club’s evidence-based programming includes support groups, counseling, healthy lifestyle workshops, mind-body classes, social activities, educational lectures and community resource information — offered from a physical location in Nashville and virtually.

With approximately 70 professionally-led support and networking groups, and more than 80 educational workshops and lectures each month, Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee is able to make a tangible difference in the lives of those impacted by cancer.

Invitations for the Red Door Bash will be mailed in July. Tickets for the virtual event are $175 each. This year, there are also two levels of virtual “table” hosting opportunities, available at $1,750 and $2,500; each comes with a “Party in a Red Box,” delivered before the event and filled with goodies for hosts.

The Gilda’s Club team hopes that table hosts will create intimate, at-home parties during the virtual event — participating in a Zoom preshow cocktail party, a contest for best table decorations, the online auction, and other activities that will allow 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 Middle Tennessee’s biggest annual fundraiser,” said Red Door Bash co-chair Victoria Marger, who also chaired the event in 2019. “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.”

The Red Door Bash will take place Thursday, Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. For table host and event sponsorship information, email For more information about Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee, visit

Red Door Bash committee members include Victoria Marger (co-chair), Rae Hirsch (co-chair), Carol Bloom, Sharee Broussard, Robin Cohen, Gretchen Goldstein, Belinda Dinwiddie Havron, Erica Jacobs and Jennifer Marshall.

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