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Grammy-winner Smith to headline Steak & Burger Dinner May 2

Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee will welcome multiple Grammy and Dove Award winner, Michael W. Smith. This admired recording artist will headline the 2013 Steak & Burger Dinner May 2 at Clearview Baptist Church in Franklin.

The Steak & Burger Dinner will raise funds to support the operations of Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee’s two Williamson County Club locations. The Franklin and Fairview Clubhouses serve more than 500 kids annually.

At the event, Ron Crutcher will be recognized as the inaugural Ed Moody Award of Excellence recipient for his continuous and exceptional service to Boys & Girls Clubs in Williamson County.

The Ed Moody Award of Excellence, a new annual honor from the board of directors for the Williamson County Boys & Girls Clubs, recognizes an individual who has made a lasting impact with the Franklin and Fairview Boys & Girls Clubs and the Williamson County community.

“As one of our most beloved, enduring and valuable community members, Mr. Moody was a beacon of hope for not only our Boys & Girls Clubs kids but all kids,” said Brown Daniel, Williamson County advisory board chairman. “From helping to start the Franklin Boys & Girls Clubs to serving on the Boards of the YMCA and Franklin Special School District, Ed Moody was a champion for kids.”

“This year’s award recipient not only embodies the qualifi cations set forth for the Ed Moody Award of Excellence but lives them every day,” said Denise Carothers, Williamson County area vice president. “Mr. Ron Crutcher is a respected businessman and community leader. From serving on the Boys & Girls Clubs Life Board to the Franklin Rotary, Mr. Crutcher gives back every single day. There is no man more deserving of this award.”

Michael W. Smith is best known for his work in the contemporary Christian music genre. Smith is a three-time Grammy Award winner and has earned 40 Dove Awards. Over the course of his career, he has sold more than 13 million albums and recorded 29 No. 1 Hit songs, 14 gold albums and fi ve platinum albums. He was also named one of People magazine's “Most Beautiful People.”

“Now in its 24th year the Steak & Burger Dinner plays a crucial role in raising funds for the kids we serve in Williamson County. It also helps raise public awareness about the thousands of lives impacted by Boys & Girls Clubs each year in our local community,” said Denise Carothers, Williamson County area vice president for Boys & Girls Clubs Middle Tennessee. “Each year, we highlight our kids’ talents and provide the opportunity for Club members (ages 5 to 18) to see a ‘star’ who will perform in their honor. Over 50 Club kids will participate in this year’s dinner.”

For more than 110 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee have provided a fun and safe environment for youth, ages 5 to 18, to learn, play, meet new friends and grow. From tutoring and career exploration to sports, arts and community service, Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee provides top-quality academic and social programs to over 2,000 Middle Tennessee youth annually. Whether it is learning how an individual can make a difference in his or her community or learning how to play basketball – the clubs strive to help youth feel important and put their dreams of a great future within reach.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities contact Denise Carothers at or 615-794-1106 or John D. Winnett at or 615-983-6842. Sponsorships range from $1,000 to $10,000. For general event information or individual ticket sales/table sponsorship information please visit

Posted on: 4/16/2013


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