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Vandy coach headline Patricia Hart Society benefit for United Way

“Extraordinary things happen when women come together.”

Patricia Hart

The Patricia Hart Society is a group of women who get together to do extraordinary things for the community through the United Way of Williamson County. To accomplish some of those things, the society is hosting two annual events – one Thursday, Feb. 7 and the other on Friday, Feb. 8. Both events will be held at the Embassy Suites of Cool Springs to benefit the United Way of Williamson County.

For the third year, sports enthusiasts can kickoff the weekend at 6 p.m. Thursday at the HeART to Heart after Dark, a popular sports-themed event for the men, and sports-minded women. This is an opportunity to get a closer look at collegiate athletics with Vanderbilt University baseball head coach, Tim Corbin, his wife Maggie and broadcaster George Plaster.

“This is an opportunity to sit around and talk sports with legends and get the men involved,” said co-chair, Jill Hudson.

Also enjoy great tailgate style food and beverages in an informal atmosphere with a spirited live auction conducted by talk radio personality, Steve Gill.

Come ready to bid on items including a trip for two to the final round of The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., a “Sex and the City” Girlfriends’ Getaway in New York City and a Scotland Championship Golf Experience at Carnoustie Golf Links and Fairmont St Andrew’s Torrance Course as well as other items and packages.

Tickets for the After Dark event are $75 per person or $125 per couple and may be purchased by calling Debby Rainey at 771-2312.

Friday, Feb. 8 have lunch with some pretty amazing women at the annual HeART to Heart luncheon, which will honor the 2013 Women of Inspiration, each of whom have overcome great challenges and improved their lives. The women are nominated by numerous Untied Way agencies. The Centennial High School show choir will provide entertainment. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. to give attendees ample time to peruse the silent auction items. Lunch is served at noon.

Tickets to the luncheon are $50 per person or $500 for a table of 10. Call Debby Rainey at 771-2312 for reservations.

Theses two events are the primary fundraisers for the Patricia Hart Society and the 48 agencies the United Way helps support. Founded eight years ago by Patricia Hart, a woman already very involved in the community who felt called to do more, and other like-minded women who believe, “extraordinary things happen when women come together.”

“Sometimes its hard to find a place to do good things,” Hudson said. “Working through the United Way provides us a way to help and a reason to get together to help others. Some of us are career women, some are stay-at-home moms, some are retired, but we all just want to volunteer and help our community.“

The women had a desire to use their strengths, experiences and resources to help improve the lives of their neighbors through the network United Way of Williamson County provides.

Last year the women’s initiative provided the Stuff the Bus project with more than 2,000 backpacks filled with age appropriate school supplies for Williamson County school children in need of help, 620 food baskets at Thanksgiving for the Warm Hearts full Tummies project, and an Easter egg hunt for children at Community Child Care.

“We supply a meal a week for struggling individuals or families in Williamson County,” Hudson said.

Anyone interested in joining the Patricia Hart Society may do so during the luncheon or contact Ashley Webster, Marketing and Communications Specialist for the United Way of Williamson County at 615-771-2312 or by email at

Posted on: 1/30/2013


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