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The Sherry’s Hope Gala…Another Great Success

The Sherry’s Hope Gala, formerly Mardi Gras to benefit Sherry’s Hope was held on February 25th and was another tremendous success, raising $233,000. Sherry’s Hope Board of Directors and Staff would like to extend their most sincere gratitude to the volunteer committee who works so hard year after year. We are deeply humbled to be chosen as the beneficiary of the proceeds of this wonderful event. The funds raised will enable our organization to continue our mission of sharing the hope of Christ and offering financial assistance to families in need in Wilson County and surrounding communities who are battling cancer.

Sherry’s Hope Executive Board member, Kevin Bass, stated, “We are beyond grateful for the generosity of all who volunteered, attended and sponsored The Sherry’s Hope Gala; the funds raised will give hope to many local families in the midst of hard times.”

We would like to thank Presenting Sponsor, Zaxby’s, Cocktail Hour Sponsor, Cheers Wine & Liquor, and Guest Speaker Table Host and Faith Sponsor, Gilead Oncology. Other event sponsors who made the night a success include Body Kneads, Etc., Two Fat Men Catering Company, C-Dock Boyz, Pasqua, Hawk Specialty Services, and Creative Graphics. We would also like to acknowledge the members of the 2023 Leadership Wilson Class for their volunteer efforts. Finally, a special thanks to Julie Miller-Wilson for her continued service as Chair of the event as well as the generous Spa package donations which are always a hit at the live auction.  Click here to view 2023 Sherry’s Hope Gala Sponsors.  

To learn more about Sherry’s Hope patient assistance programs and services, visit, call 615-925-9932, or email To make an online donation to Sherry’s Hope, click here or donations may be mailed to Sherry’s Hope, P.O. Box 8, Lebanon, TN 37088-0008.

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.