"Healing Hands Helping Heroes" Benefiting AORN and REBOOT RECOVERY

By: Kara Wilson

It was a night dedicated to the best nurses you will never remember and the brave soldiers you may never know.

L-R: Susan Hodges, Cindy Kildgore, Amanda Edmonson,
Dave Wyatt, Evan Owens, Sonja Walsh,
Robin Adkins, Jordan Caden and Rachael L. Poff
On Tuesday, November 10th, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) of Middle Tennessee and REBOOT Combat Recovery, teamed up with LEGACY Consulting, PR & Events to organize a night honoring recovering heroes and heroes in the recovery room: “Helping Hands Helping Heroes.”

AORN of Middle Tennessee is a chapter of a national organization of nurses who specialize in caring for patients post-surgery. REBOOT Combat Recovery seeks to rehabilitate soldiers who have been traumatized by combat. Together, the two organizations captured the hearts of those in attendance.

The first annual fundraising gala was held at The Rosewall in Nashville, TN. The dining room was decorated with classic black tablecloths and unique centerpieces of rustic lanterns with moss and red floating candles in glass bowls, which cast a warm glow throughout the room. Cory Curtis, sports news personality of WKRN channel 2, hosted the night as the emcee. 

To begin the evening, guests sipped Alamos Wine and cocktails as they perused the assortment of silent auction items, including an autographed Eli Manning jersey, Blake Shelton concert tickets, fitness club memberships, wine country getaways, Florida Georgia Line and Thompson Square autographed guitars, autographed Taylor Swift album cover, vintage photographs of Marilyn Monroe and KeithRichards with Mick Jagger, and many other special items and experiences.

Dinner was composed of delicious, classic American fare: savory prime sirloin and chicken picatta, fluffy whipped potatoes and tender parmesan brussel sprouts. Gigi’s Cupcakes provided custom mini-cupcakes for dessert, decorated with camo icing to celebrate Veterans Day.

After everyone ate their fill, the leaders of AORN and REBOOT thanked guests for attending and expressed their excitement for the evening’s program.

Cindy Kildgore
President of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of AORN
"We are so honored to kick-off Veteran's Day with this incredible event," said Kildgore, President of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of AORN. "This event is about supporting our men and women in the military and the incredible nursing community in Middle Tennessee, but it could not happen without you. It has been such an honor to work with REBOOT and from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.”

Both organizations shared their passion for their missions, the contribution each makes to the community and their desire to come together to honor one another. AORN welcomed board members to express their gratitude and explain the role of a periOperative nurse while REBOOT gave the stage to a soldier who has been transformed by the work of the organization.

Following dinner, guests listened to star-studded acoustic sets from three-time Grammy award-winning blues musician Keb’ Mo’, and country music artists Tim Rushlow and Larry Stewart joined by guest fiddle player Donnie Reis. The trio concluded the evening with a moving rendition of “God Bless the USA,” that led to a collective crowd sing-along and standing ovation.

LEGACY was honored to work with these two organizations to honor these heroes. Their work does not go unnoticed.

Keb' Mo'

L-R: Larry Stewart, Tim Rushlow, Donnie Reis

L-R: Tim Rushlow, Keb' Mo', Larry Stewart, Donnie Reis

LEGACY Consulting, PR & Events is a Nashville, TN based public relations and events production firm.  LEGACY is known as one of Nashville’s top special event planners as they create unique and elaborate events for celebrity and high profile clients.  www.LEGACY-PR.com or 615-669-6058.


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