Great Guitar Auction 2013 a BIG success.
As the "Official" GGA event T-Shirts decreed, "I Attended, I ENJOYED, I Supported." Despite so so weather outside, the ambience inside Marriott's Cumberland Ballroom was anything but. The attendees dined on food that as one guest proclaimed "Makes you want to slap your granny" delicious.
The evening's event was hosted by an energetic Dawn Davenport (News 2, WKRN) who reminded the audience that her day began at 2:00AM and included a rain soaking CMA Parade apperance. Dawn kept everything on track and shared insiteful tidbits of her experiences as a Tennessee EARLY morning news caster. Dawn got caught up in the auction madness by casting the winning bid and taking home the highly sought after Taylor Swift guitar. Dawn admitted on air the next morning that her husband would have prefered that she won the Big Green Egg grill. There is always next year!
Nashville native Rich Karg performed during the meal portion of the event and was very well recieved. Rich is quickly becoming a crowd favorite. Aussie Jamie O'Neal headlined The Great Guitar Auction as only a seasoned veteran of the music industry could. If you weren't a fan going in, you quickly became one. Jamie's selections were a powerful collection of selections that turned her multiple Grammy nominations. Jamie's husband Rodney Good, accompanied her in what sounded more like well toned duets than a single vocalist and her backup. Great blend, great chemistry. One of the highlights of evening was when Jamie was joined on stage by her 12 year old daughter Allyah who surprized the audience with vocal capabilities well beyond her years. Talent clearly runs in the family.
The collective assembly of signed guitars and sports memoribilia was an impressive sight and the perfect backdrop for the evenings live auction. If the gourmet banquet didn't get your mouth watering, the items up for auction certainly did.
Where competitor auctions may have a single guitar, The Great Guitar Auction boasted 15. The "Great" in its name definately lived up to its billing.
Professional auctioneer Justine Rhinehart ("Doc" to his friends), commanded the stage getting maximum milage (dollars) out of each auction item. The battle to covent one (or more) of the star adorned autographed guitars turned to a competetive "I gotta have that" environment with New Horizons being the altimate winner in each case.
As the evening came to a close, many attendees hung around soaking in the attmosphere and mingling with the various performers. Plans to make next year's Great Guitar Auction 2014 bigger and better are already in the works. NHC PR/Development Coordinator Gary Schmitt said he plans to grow the event into a "must attend" and the "unofficial" CMA Music Fest kickoff. Thanks to all who Attended, Enjoyed, and Supported GGA 2013.
New Horizons Corporation would like to acknowledge and thank Nossi College of Art faculty and students of for their artistic expertise in the creation of the Great Guitar Auction event posters, tickets, and program booklets.
New Horizons is pleased to announce that Old Hickory Credit Union, Brown & Brown Insurance, THW Insurance Services, LLC, The Marriott Corporation, and Nossi College of Art have been recognized as Platinum Sponsors for the up-coming Great Guitar Auction 2013. New Horizons acknowledges and thanks you for your support. For information on how YOU can become a Platinum Sponsor contact G. Schmitt @ 615-360-8595.
Message From a Parent.
New Horizons has a special place in the hearts of parents, family members, staff and directors affiliated with the agency. My relationship with New Horizons is as a parent and a board member. Having a family member with special needs can be a humbling experience in some ways and a blessing in others.
If it were not for New Horizons, my daughter Amy would be sitting home watching television. Having this organization means that Amy has a purpose. That purpose is vocational and employment acceptance by participating in an employment environment that she loves. Amy has the joy of doing something she truly enjoys with a group of people that accept and appreciate what she is capable of doing. Amy also benefits from living in one of New Horizons' residential homes. Amy considers New Horizons as her home."
We would like to invite anyone and everyone for a 30 minute tour of New Horizons. I assure you that it will be an experience you won't forget.