High Hopes News & Events


We HOPE you join us this spring for great music, a King Pin celebrity bowling tournament, and a scramble golf tourney all in support of children and families in our community!



Green's Grocery

February 25, 2017

Looking for a relaxing evening, delicious fare, incredible singer-songwriter talent, and the perfect Leiper's Fork setting?  LOOK NO FURTHER!

Barry Dean and Friends light up the Green's Grocery stage to benefit the children and families of High Hopes!

This annual event is a fan favorite and guaranteed to be a sell-out, so get your tickets before they're gone!

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April 18, 2017

Kings Bowl and High Hopes are hosting the 2nd annual
STARS & STRIKES, a one-of-a-kind, red carpet, celebrity bowling tournament complete with a concert in the Whiskey Room.

Celebrities will compete to see who gets to take home the trophy and be the KING PIN for the night, while attendees get to enjoy the fun!

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May 8, 2017

Last year we had a full field of players, so register your foursome early beFORE the spots are gone!
Enjoy a shotgun start tournament on the luscious fairways and greens of the Brentwood Country Club.

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Spring of 2016 was AMAZING to High Hopes!


Kings Bowl Cool Springs Grand Opening ~ May 3rd


High Hopes was EXTREMELY HONORED to be the beneficiary of the
Purity's Moosic City DairyPure Dash!

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WALK/RUN/ROLL/STROLL with on us April 16th

Lee Company 1 Mile Wunder Fun Run
Regions Smitty 15K

          Print        and        Rett University Logo Square


hosted workshops for professionals and family/caregivers:

Closing the Learning Gap for Complex Children

All Engaged, All Communicate, All Learn!

Learn. Develop. Challenge. Grow.
~Using AAC soft & high tech tools~


Saturday, April 16th (Professionals)
Monday, April 18th (Family/Caregivers)

Build Better Communication
Support Academic Growth
Soft & High Tech Device Strategies
Develop Specific Approaches & Methodologies
Gain Confidence in YOU and THEM

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Our Lucky 13th Annual

Giving on the Green Logo

was Monday, May 9th
at Brentwood Country Club


Thanks to all who joined us
Saturday, February 27, 2016

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Notting Hill Music presents

Leslie Satcher

Leslie Satcher

Will Robinson

Will Robinson

Brad Crisler

Brad Crisler

and William Kellett


NBJ Women of Influence


Join us in congratulating Gail Powell, High Hopes Developement Center Executive Director, on yet another leadership recognition by the Nashville Business Journal.  Gail has already received two consecutive Williamson County Impact Awards for the difference she helps make in our community, and now she is receiving a Women of Influence award as well.  Powell will be recognized at the February 9th Women of Influence award banquet at Gaylord Opryland.  Mayor Megan Barry, a Women of Influence alum, will be the guest speaker at the event.

High Hopes is very thankful for the leadership and compassion of Mrs. Powell!

High Hopes designates
Alison Pagliara
as the Vic Brown Memorial
Heart of High Hopes Award

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Volunteers are at the very heart of any nonprofit, and there are always those that go over and above. At High Hopes Development Center there are numerous volunteers that not only rock babies, staff events, assist with office work, serve as board members, and perform countless other tasks, but also share the message of High Hopes with others in the community. Each year, the board of directors recognizes one of their own who has especially well represented the attributes of an exemplary volunteer. The Vic Brown Memorial Heart of High Hopes Award was established in 2010 following the tragic death of long-time, passionate board member Vic Brown. In honor of the memory of this exemplary board member and ambassador for children and for High Hopes, the Vic Brown Memorial Heart of High Hopes Award is bestowed upon a qualified and deserving person. This person best exemplifies Mr. Brown’s characteristics and commitment to High Hopes by exhibiting a heart and a love for children; dedication to, and an ambassadorship for, the mission of High Hopes; integrity, generosity, service, and loyalty to High Hopes; and has shown evidence of a lasting contribution to the growth and vision of High Hopes. The 2015 recipient is Alison Pagliara.

Alison became involved with High Hopes Development Center in 2012 when she was invited by a friend to attend Strings & Stories: An Intimate Night of Songwriters’ Tales. That friend was Donna Adams, a High Hopes board member, whose passion for the mission of High Hopes is ebullient. After Alison attended the fundraiser and heard the stories of those who have been helped by the local non-profit, Pagliara was hooked. She began volunteering and was quickly a familiar smiling face around the office. And it wasn’t long until she began serving on the board of directors. As a former mathematics teacher, her analytical insights have been a welcome addition. In the spring of 2015, Alison saw a need: the beautiful new building at 301 High Hopes Court, completed in 2014, was already nearing capacity; but, with great potential for future growth, was sadly out of space. Seeing the lot next door at 303 High Hopes Court for sale, Alison graciously acted and by the early summer of 2015, the lot belonged to High Hopes! Currently, strategic planning is underway and a “303 Committee” has been formed to explore the possibilities of this amazing gift.

All because of one person’s passion and belief in serving others, the future is looking brighter for children and youth with special needs from over 16 area counties who are served by High Hopes Development Center.

High Hopes graciously thanks


for her donation to help support the mission of High Hopes!


 Hats Off 2015 was FANTASTIC!

~click anywhere on the image below for more information on how the evening went~


High Hopes Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of Three New
Playground Play Structures

High Hopes was pleased to recently dedicate four new structures on the playground.  Interactive playhouse structures have been custom-built by through funding from local businesses, to feature brightly-colored and whimsical portrayals of community landmarks including Moody’s Tire & Auto Service,Regions Bank, and the Franklin Theatre Presented by Morgan Stanley. Additionally, Karen’s House was constructed in memory of long-time board member, Karen Karcher.Karen's House Dedication Filmstrip

Karcher served on the board at High Hopes from 2006until her death in April 2015. She faithfully served as board secretary for four years. Through the generosity of friends and family, a lasting tribute to Karcher, “Karen’s House”, was constructed. Additionally, the HCA Foundation matched  gifts given by employees ofHCA where Karcher worked for many years. The bright, cheery structure includes a pint-sized kitchen and table & chairs and features canvas prints of some of Karcher’s photography on the interior walls. More than 50 guests were on hand for the dedication.


Children will learn about visiting their local bank as they “drive through” the new Regions Bank “branch” on the playground at High Hopes. Represented with the Regions logo and color scheme, children can also crawl through a tunnel into the neighboring structure. Regions’ Greater Williamson County Market President, Marty Martin, “loves the creativity” involved through this partnership. With Regions Bank’s mission aimed at making life better, the partnership is a natural fit.

Since 1944, Moody’s Tire & Auto Service, has served Williamson county as a full service automotive repair and tire center. And now in 2015, children with and without special needs will be able to drive up, fill up their pretend gas tank, and work on their car, wheelchair, or walker at the “new” Moody’s/Goodyear Tire Center on the High Hopes playground. Owner Jimmy Moody, as well as Goodyear representative Darrel Bumbalough, were quickly on board with this project to support the programs of the development center. High Hopes is honored to have this pillar of the Franklin community collaborate to bring fun and educational opportunity to all the children.

Nothing says downtown Franklin like the Franklin Theatre. Since the summer of 1937 when the marquee first illuminated Main Street, folks have had an enduring romance with the theatre. Princesses, dragons, teachers and doctors….where do you find all of these in one place? In the new “Franklin Theatre” on the playground at High Hopes Development Center! Thanks to the generosity of Morgan Stanley employees, the theatre proudly displays“Presented by Morgan Stanley” on the marquee and provides an incredible place for children with and without special needs to imagine and dream about their tomorrows together.

Following the desire of Morgan Stanley to be involved with the nonprofit in Franklin that serves over 500 children and youth annually, Client Service Associate Kyle Ashmore led the charge as employees raised the dollars needed to sponsor the play structure. Employees from all three Nashville-area branches gathered for a lunch concert by Grammy award-winning songwriter Tim Nichols. Nichols has been involved with High Hopes for almost 20 years and humbly shares his story and commitment to the organization. In addition to the concert, employees participated in an in-house silent auction. Not only did employees raise the needed funds, they gained new insights into their coworkers!

Ribbon Cutting Filmstrip

Because of the commitment of these local sponsors, hundreds of children will have the opportunity to dream big dreams whether on the stage of the “Franklin Theatre: Presented by Morgan Stanley”, learning to cook in the kitchen of Karen’s House, driving through the local Regions Bank branch or taking care of their “wheels” at Moody’s.  Big dreams for an unlimited tomorrow, isn’t that what every child needs?



The 2nd Annual High Hopes & Hops Event

was a SUCCESS!!


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Our friends were at the entrance to welcome everyone! Gail Powell, Executive Director took a moment to thank everyone for attending. Jake and Kelly Massey
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Brandt & Mandy Snedeker with event chairs Lori & Ricky Scott The silent auction provided fun for all, especially those who walked away with winning an item! Katelyn Fuson, Chase & Emily Gamble and Emily Jenkis

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CAT Financial Golf Tournament Check Presentation


Water Day 2015 made a BIG SPLASH!!


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   Baby-Boy-with-Water Waterball


Thank you to everyone who voted for High Hopes with Allegra Printing!


We are a very grateful recipient of the 2015
FootPRINT Award

Thank you Allegra!!!


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Thank you to our sponsors and all who joined us at the 12th Annual Giving on the Green to help support the mission of High Hopes!

  It was another huge success with fun had by all including Milton Bartley (left picture in pink shirt), President and CEO of Image Quest and Rudy Kalis (far right in right picture) of News Channel 4.

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