2017 Franklin Wine Festival Breaks Records with $250,000 Raised
For Big Brothers Big Sisters
October 14, 2017 – Franklin, TN…The 2017 Franklin Wine Festival presented by Cool Springs Wines & Spirits was held on Friday the Thirteenth this year, but it was far from unlucky! The festival, supported by Nissan to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee broke new records in terms of fundraising dollars achieved for the children – $250,000 in the single night celebration of food and wine. More than 2,300 people strolled the hallways of The Factory at Franklin sipping wine and munching desserts from local eateries.
“We are so humbled by the public response of all our sponsors, attendees, and other supporters this year along with the more than 250 volunteers who helped us execute this year’s event,” commented Carlyle Carroll, CEO for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. “Thank you on behalf of all the young people in Middle Tennessee who will benefit as a result.”
Tables offering delicious tastings of wine, food, and even artisan beers were scattered strategically throughout The Factory for a unique, indoor “stroll” like none other. The Franklin Wine Festival featured more than 350 wines (another record), all hand-picked by the experienced team at Cool Springs Wines & Spirits for their unique flavors and exceptional quality.
Woody Woodard, who opened Cool Springs Wines & Spirits in 1995 with his wife Jackie, was the impetus behind the original idea, and is still the driving force as the event’s main presenter. A wine tasting was conjured simply because Woodard had the connections in the beverage industry. Woodard said suppliers and distributors want to come to the event because it’s good exposure for their brands.
“There’s some reason consumers are going to pick up this bottle and buy it,” said Woodard of a customer’s consumption. “One reason that they would buy it is that they’ve had an opportunity to taste it.”
An additional record shattered Friday night was the group of individuals fundraising in order to be crowned “King and Queen of the Vines.” This year’s Royal Court of six individuals raised more than $32,000 for the charity. John Bell and Christi Bowling were crowned the 2017 “King and Queen of the Vines” having completed a highly successful personal fundraising campaign where the duo raised more than $14,000 in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring program.
Other event highlights included an enormous silent auction, live entertainment on multiple stages and a Biergarten that featured more than 30 beers.
We are grateful to all those who, year after year, help make this event the premier wine festival in the Southeast. Thanks to our distributors, we offered an extensive selection of more than 400 wines. It’s very satisfying to see so many people enjoying our products while supporting a worthy cause. None of this would be possible without the distributors and suppliers, and the tireless efforts of the Cool Springs Wines & Spirits staff.
All proceeds from the Franklin Wine Festival are used to provide children with a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Because of the success of this year’s festival, 230 children will be provided with a one-to-one mentor. Throughout our event history, more than 1,400 children have been served… enabling them to realize a new and brighter future.
Cheers to all of our great customers who showed their support. We hope you will visit us during the holiday season. As always, we are committed to offering the lowest prices on wines, spirits, beer and more.
Jackie and James Woodard
Owners, Cool Springs Wines & Spirits
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Founded locally in 1969, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee is a volunteer and donor driven organization that matches children in need with a positive adult role model. Revenue generated is used to conduct background checks and screening of prospective volunteers to ensure child safety and provide ongoing professional support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee serves children across Middle Tennessee in Metro Nashville/Davidson County, Williamson, Rutherford, Cheatham, Dickson, Robertson, Sumner and Wilson counties. You can help a child overcome adversity and better position themselves to reach their potential in Middle Tennessee by visiting www.mentorakid.org or calling 615-329-9191.