A stellar evening: Last night, I attended a wonderful and impressive black-tie event at a large hotel ballroom in downtown Nashville where what seemed to me to be about a thousand (550) of Bill Hudgins and Wilda Dodson’s neighbors and friends honored the couple for their outstanding contributions to their community of Gallatin and Sumner County (north of Nashville). Besides being one of the five readers of this weblog (and a frequent commentor), Bill is editorial director at Hammock Publishing. He and I have worked together in one way or another for 17 years. The event I attended was the Sumner Foundation‘s annual Starlight Gala and Stella Award Tribute. Bill and Wilda (Bilda to their friends) were this year’s recipients of the award that honors the persons who give “freely of their time, talents and finaical resources to make Gallatan and Sumner a better place to live.” The event raised more than $100,000 $174,000 (Bill e-mailed me an update) to be used for the hospital’s free-standing hospice . A great event for a wonderful cause and a tribute to two of the most deserving honorees I can imagine.
(Photo: Wilda and Bill accepting their “Stellar Award.”)