Two days after our First National Conference, "Welcome To The Circle," we hosted our annual fundraiser with the same name, this year, at the Ryman Auditorium.
Two thousand friends filled the hallowed Ryman space as residents and past event chairs created a circle on stage. Ali Harnell, Jennifer Nettles, Jeff Hanna, Levi & Marcus Hummon, Maura O'Connell, John Prine, Cary Rayson, Regina Mullins, Fiona Prine, Carolyn Snell, Becca Stevens and the women of Magdalene offered us inspiration that filled the room with love and hope.
Through donations during the fundraiser and online after the event, we raised almost $450,000, enough money to keep our doors open to women and to move forward on a Magdalene program inside the Tennessee Women's prison! There we were in the Ryman saying "love heals" and the community gathered and said, "amen."
To see photographs from this sacred evening, go to our Facebook photo album HERE.