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Hard Bargain Association Celebration Dinner to be virtual

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Dorena Williamson

Dorena Williamson, a children’s author from Franklin, has written three books about how people should celebrate differences and unique giftings. She hopes that they will impact adults as well as kids.

Hard Bargain Association, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to preservation, affordable housing and revitalization of the historic African American Hard Bargain neighborhood, has instrumented a very powerful virtual experience for their Hard Bargain Celebration Dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. 

The evening will include hearing from prominent female community leaders from the neighborhood and from Franklin, such as Dorena Williamson, a prominent local author of three children’s books including “Gracefull,” which speaks on the topic of homelessness and affordable housing. 

Entertainment for the event will be provided by Brauninger “Brauni” McDaniel, the International Singer Songwriters Association, Inc. 2020 Gold Female Song Vocalist of the Year and 2019 Female Songwriter of the Year. There will also be an online auction available with items from Franklin establishments. 

Tickets may be purchased at

The Hard Bargain Association Celebration Dinner is presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners and title sponsor LP Builders. Other sponsors include Solomon Builders, BancorpSouth, Bristol Development Group, BGA, First Horizon, Lipman Brothers, Reliant Bank, Empowerment Community Church, Vanderbilt University, Stites & Harbison, Downton Franklin Rotary, Williamson Herald, PLA Media, McCann-Hubbard Attorneys At Law, HCA Healthcar, and Community Housing Partnership.

“Hard Bargain Association has overcome many obstacles this year, such as COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it brought to our senior residents,” Executive Director Derrick L. Solomon said. “We had to postpone new builds, rehab projects, ensure that our senior residents with pre existing conditions had meals and household supplies.

“The median sales income price [in Franklin] is $525,000. Affordable housing is a critical issue in Franklin. Many of your nurses, teachers, fire and police officers that were born here cannot afford to live here. Hard Bargain Association builds new homes and sells them below market value for low- to moderate-income families and individuals. Through the Rehab Program, volunteers help repair homes for elderly residents in the neighborhood. We are grateful for our partners and volunteers who help us make Hard Bargain a thriving neighborhood.” 

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