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Mardi Gras For A Purpose


Time to put on your masks and beads and party for a tremendous cause! The 2nd annual Mardi Gras at the Capitol event is slated for Saturday, February 4, and promises to be a night of great music, delicious food, and unforgettable memories. But the most important thing you need to know about Mardi Gras at the Capitol is that 100% of the proceeds will stay local to help Sherry’s Run meet the needs of our neighbors battling cancer.


The event will again take place at the historic Capitol Theatre at 110 West Main Street in Lebanon. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with a New Orleans inspired menu including a special treat donated by the Tennessee Cheese Cake Co. Getting our toes tapping throughout the evening will be a LIVE band: The Blues Brokers. There will also be a cash bar, live and silent auctions, and new this year: a photo booth! 

The live auction will include an ExMark Quest riding mower donated by Absolute Kubota; a Big Green Egg donated by Roy Vaden Pools; and a one week vacation package for Los Cabos, Mexico donated by Larry and Kristine Powell. Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on several impressive silent auction items including his and hers watches from The Jewelers. A feature item will be a bracelet worn by Prince during his Sign O’ The Times tour!

The Mardi Gras event evolved from the former Low Country Boil, which began years ago with a group of people known as the Shamrock Society. Just a group of Wilson County friends who had seen the affects that cancer had on their loved ones and wanted to do something to relieve some of that for other people. Since they started, the group has raised more than $600,000 for cancer support with more than half of that going to Sherry’s Run.

“The vision of this group shows just what Sherry’s Run is all about. This community takes care of its own in an inspiring way and we are just so thankful to be a part of that,” says Tonyia Stockton, Sherry’s Run Board Chair. 

At the event, you will have the opportunity to hear from some of the patients that Sherry’s Run has touched and how your support can change lives and give hope. Tickets are still available, but they are selling fast. Get yours now for $50 each at Mo’Cara, G.G.’s Jewelry & Gifts or the Sherry’s Run office. There are also a limited number of VIP tables available. Call 615.449.2088 or 615.925.2592 to purchase tickets or get more information about VIP tables. 

Corrie Cluck

Faith, courage, optimism and a desire to help others were qualities that defined Sharon “Sherry” Patterson Whitaker. Both before and after the energetic wife and mother was diagnosed with colon cancer, the impression she made on her family, friends and community was undeniable. While her battle in the flesh was lost in 2004, the spirit she had shown throughout life continues to touch more lives every day. Because of Sherry’s Run, a 5K run/walk benefit organized in Sherry’s memory, area cancer victims and their families can make strides toward becoming cancer survivors, and researchers are a small step closer to stopping the disease for good.