The 16th annual Wine Down Main Street benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin/Williamson County will be on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 7 – 10 p.m. The event opens an hour earlier at 6 p.m. for VIP and Premium ticket holders.

Recognized as Williamson County’s Best Charity Event by voters of Southern Exposure Magazine’s Sizzle Awards for nine consecutive years, Wine Down Main Street continues to provide an evening of fine wine tastings, good food tastings and great musical entertainment.

Choose from more than 170 wines from all over the world provided by Lipman Brothers and try more than 30 food-tasting stations created by local restaurants.

VIP and Premium ticket holders can relax at the VIP Lounge from 6-8 p.m. at The Red House on Third Avenue where they will find higher end wines, a selection of beer and spirits and food provided by the Daily Dish and Catering & Events by Suzette.

VIP tickets are sold out but general admission tickets for $85 and Premium VIP tickets for $200 are still available. They may be ordered online at www.winedownmainstreet.com or they may be purchased at the Franklin Boys & Girls Club, 129 W. Fowlkes St.; Yarrow Acres, 424 Main St.; Avec Moi, 418 Main St.; Jondie, 412 Main St.; Mimi & Dottie, 407 Main St.; and JJ’s Wine Bar, 206 E. Main St.

Wine Down Main Street funds more than a place to go after school, it funds an organization with a mission to help all young people in the community reach their full potential as productive, responsible future members of society.

Since Wine Down Main Street was founded, $1.6 million has been raised to help the youth in Williamson County stay off the streets and work towards reaching their full potential, said Dan Jernigan, president and CEO of Middle Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs.  

“When the streets call them to roam; when gangs call them to join, we are there for them,” Jernigan said. “Wine Down Main Street benefits our children in our community.”

The Club uses curriculum-based programs and activities designed to challenge and entertain club members. Programs such as Money Matters, Smart Moves, Project Learn, Club Tech and Power Hour teach young people skills they’ll use all their lives. 

In Money Matters kids age 13-18 learn financial responsibility, maintaining and balancing a checkbook, creating a budget, saving and investing and starting a small business. 

Smart Moves is a preventative/educational program for kids age 6-15 that addresses drug and alcohol abuse and premature sexual activity.

Club Tech provides young people age 6-18 with technology experience to develop life-long technical skills, learn advanced hardware and networking skills, work with basic business software as well as designing games, using animation mechanics and more.

Project Learn’s fun activities for club members age 6-18 encourages learning while supporting academic success in local schools.

Power Hour is a homework help and tutoring program that encourages youth of all ages to become self-directed learners.

Favorite activities like college tours, field trips to concerts, plays and sporting events and excursions to historic places expose members to places outside their community while raising the level of possibilities and encouraging them to think and dream big.

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