The streets of downtown Nashville were filled last weekend as country music lovers everywhere rushed its beloved capital for an unforgettable weekend at the CMA Fest. The brick-walled room of the Silver Dollar Saloon might have been a small piece of a giant country-clad festival, but blew the doors off for a meaningful cause as YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee took over as the host of the 30th Annual YWCA Celebrity Auction to benefit the Weaver Domestic Violence Center. The auction raised nearly $40,000 in four hours as sought-after items such as autographed guitars by Keith Urban, Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum were taken home by the luckiest bidders.
“Every year we are simply amazed at the generosity of the country music community,” said President and CEO of YWCA of Nashville Patricia Glaser Shea. “The Weaver Center is the largest domestic violence shelter in the state of Tennessee, and the proceeds from this event help keep our doors open. We are so grateful to the artists who donate items, time and talent to the event, to their amazing fans who come out to bid and support our shelter and to our volunteers for pulling it all together.”
It was a packed house as cowboy boot-clad fans from all over the country filed in for an incredible cause showing that not only Nashville, but country fans everywhere are dedicated to raising awareness for domestic violence, a cause that is close to many hearts. Special performances by Julie Roberts, Ty Herndon, Anita Cochran and Canaan Smith rocked the crowd for a lively occasion on 2nd Avenue. Just as we thought the auction couldn’t get any better, the event’s iconic host Crystal Gayle bid farewell to her guests by performing a dreamy version of her hit single “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.”
For more information on donating to YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, visit the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee website.