2022 A Little Night of Music – Photo Album

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On Wednesday, April 27, 2022, PENCIL celebrated its 18th annual A Little Night of Music, presented in collaboration with Creative Artists Agency, at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry House. The event surpassed all expectations – the evening started with a happy hour where guests enjoyed food from local food trucks – The Loveless Cafe, The Grilled Cheeserie and Pie Town Tacos – and beverages from Yazoo Brewing Company and Lipman Brothers. Guests then joined us on-stage for an inspiring program and a special concert featuring Lady A and Jeverson.

Thanks to our supporters, it was a memorable and RECORD-BREAKING evening. In total, PENCIL raised $353,555+ which directly increases our ability to provide resources and support to MNPS students. Through the event, we were also able to raise more than $52,000 for PENCIL’s endowment, ensuring PENCIL’s work to support Metro Nashville Public Schools will continue forever.

We’re grateful to everyone who made the night possible:

  • Inner Circle sponsors Amazon and Dollar General
  • Our friend Ana Schwager and Southwest Airlines, for an unforgettable surprise and delight
  • Our generous Patrons and sponsors who continue investing in PENCIL
  • Co-chairs Brandon Hill, Frank Schriner, and Robyn Williams
  • Honorary chairs Brent Poulton and Zulfat Suara
  • Auction chairs Dane Brunett, Jacky Gomez, and Karen Schillinger
  • Glencliff High School representatives Thommye’ Kelley, Sara Zeledon, Ana Chicas Guzman, and Mercy Bustamante

As a pre-celebration to the fundraiser, patrons joined PENCIL at Ellington’s Restaurant in the Fairlane Hotel on Thursday, April 14 for our A Little Night Patron Party. The small reception included a private performance by Raul Malo, a multi-hyphenate artist and the lead singer of The Mavericks. Raul serenaded the crowd with his original music and a cover of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon.”