Centerstone Brings the Glory of the Garden District to Nashville

Local Artists Embellish Eggs for Annual Benefit

Nashville, Tenn.
— Nearly 30 local artists are lending their talent to support Middle Tennessee children and youth who rely on counseling and other behavioral health services from Centerstone. The 14th Annual Eggsibition 2003 dinner and auction will spotlight 8-inch-tall plaster eggs designed and decorated by painters, sculptors and other artists, including Norris Hall, Joel Knapp, Streater Spencer and Herb Williams. The event is scheduled for February 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Belle Meade Country Club.

The genteel charm and the jazzy colors of New Orleans’ elegant garden district will greet Centerstone supporters at Eggsibition. The theme of this year’s event is “Laissez le Bon Temps Rouler” (“Let the Good Times Roll”). Proceeds benefit Centerstone’s Wallace Academy, Therapeutic Preschool and counseling and prevention programs for children and youth throughout the region.

Tickets are $150 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Centerstone information line at (615) 460-3900.

More than 300 people are expected to attend Eggsibition, which also will feature casino games for the lucky at heart. The decorated eggs will be offered at auction along with trip packages, sporting event tickets and other one-of-a-kind, “Eggsibition-style” ensembles combining related items and services such as a dinner party, complete with catering, flowers, invitations and more.

“The talented individuals who are giving their time and energy to create the eggs, which are truly beautiful works of art, are helping children overcome abuse and learn to deal with anger,” said Dana Oman, one of the chairs of the event. Betsy Reineke is co-chair. “We salute their hard work, which directly impacts more than 15,000 young people each year.

“Last year the event grossed over $78,000, the highest total of any Eggsibition party. This year, we look forward to building on our previous successes for the best year ever.”

Since 1982, Wallace Academy has been a leader in special education services for youth ages 12 to 22 and their families. Centerstone’s Therapeutic Preschool provides therapeutic intervention and academic instruction for two-and-a-half to five-year-olds who have been victims of physical and/ or sexual abuse and prepares them to enter kindergarten. Prevention-oriented services also receive funding from Eggsibition, including a program that teaches Metro school children about anger control and violence prevention and one that provides youth with information about AIDS and practicing abstinence.