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Next week's 'Dog Days of Summer' event raises money for charities

Downtown Franklin Merchants Collaborate in Fundraiser; Raised $7,000 in 2012

Nearly 20 downtown Franklin merchants will band together Tuesday, Aug. 27 to support local charities through the second annual “Dog Days of Summer,” a collaborative fundraising effort coordinated by the non-profit Downtown Franklin Association (DFA).

The participating restaurants and merchants will donate 10 to 15 percent of sales between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. to a non-profit organization of their choice. Each shop or restaurant is within a four-block walking distance, and a majority of the businesses are leaving their doors open later for the benefit.

In its second year, DFA Director Nancy Williams said the event is designed to encourage the community to both shop local and support Williamson County charities. The unified effort among local merchants helped raise more than $7,000 in July 2012.

Though participating locations are still being nailed down, confirmed locations have picked non-profits ranging from healthcare groups to children’s advocacy programs, and many will support a cause that is near and dear to both their customers’ and their own hearts.

Williams said that many of the businesses are also choosing animal welfare organizations, to tie in with the event’s theme.

The DFA is a nationally certified Main Street Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a division of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. Members are dedicated to the continued revitalization and promotion of Historic Downtown Franklin.

To learn more about the Aug. 27 event, visit

Posted on: 8/20/2013


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