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POWER OF PINK BY THE NUMBERS

Terri Sterling - Thursday, June 29, 2017

Remember what it’s all about . . . helping our own friends and neighbors who are underinsured and uninsured and need potentially life-saving mammograms!

Over the past 12 years, the Power of Pink has raised more than $1,075,000 for the fight against breast cancer in our own Rutherford County community. The fund raised more than $275,000 in FY 2017 (ending June 30, 2017). WATS 2016 raised $200,595, providing approximately 73% of this total.

During FY 2017, the Power of Pink sponsored:

  • 295 screening mammograms.
  • 131 diagnostic mammograms.
  • 111 breast ultrasounds.
  • 3 breast MRIs.

These numbers represent women in our own community who have received breast cancer screening services which they otherwise could not afford. Continued support of Wine Around the Square is critical to the Power of Pink Fund!

BUFFET DINNER AT THIS YEAR’S WINE AROUND THE SQUARE!

Terri Sterling - Monday, June 26, 2017

Wine Around the Square just keeps getting better! For the first time, a full buffet dinner will be served to all event-goers. Chef Alex Belew will kick off the farm-to-table theme by preparing barbeque from 100 lbs. of Batey Farms pork. Fabulous food donations from local restaurants and caterers will complete the meal. Come out and enjoy dishes from Tasty Table, Station Grill, Peter D's, Christie Q BBQ, Jack Brown's, Slick Pig and The Alley on Main.

And it wouldn’t be Wine Around the Square without the wine!Thanks to Charlie Patel and Stones River Total Beverages, wine, craft beers and premium liquors will be served at the 31 participating venues around the Square.Be sure to thank Charlie for his generous donation on your next visit to his store!

Come out on Saturday September 16 to Sip, Shop and Dine at this great evening for a great cause!

VIP at Puckett's this year!

Terri Sterling - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

We're so excited that Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant, one of the best and brightest new additions to the historic downtown Murfreesboro Square, will host the VIP Party this year!  It's going to be another great night, with plenty of great Puckett's food tastings, fine wines and other spirits, live music and a great pre-party before the Sixth Annual Main Event.  Entertainment, great food, live music and of course the wonderful wines, beers, spirits and tastings provided by our great friend Charlie Patel and Stones River Total Beverages will available again this year.

Every ticket sold, and every sponsorship dollar donated...goes directly to help the women of Rutherford County who are uninsured and underinsured get the mammography and diagnostic testing they need.  Please join us this year for a great night---our sixth annual!  We can't wait!

Save the 2017 Date for the Sixth Annual Wine Around the Square Event!

Terri Sterling - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mark your calendar and save the date for the best WATS ever!  The 2017 date is Saturday, September 16, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. around the historic downtown Square in Murfreesboro!  It's going to be another fun night sipping, eating, strolling, listening to live music, watching the Center for the Arts performances and having a great time with friends, neighbors and colleagues to help others.  Every penny raised goes to provide mammograms and diagnostic testing for Rutherford County women who are uninsured and underinsured, so you can know that your money is going for a great cause.  

Food, Fun And Wine for a Good Cause

Terri Sterling - Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Coming up this Saturday night! Come join us!

Please take a look at this great video (click on the video below) produced by Saint Thomas Health and Nick Paranjape...featuring our Founder Patty Marschel. It's all about making sure Rutherford County women have the mammograms they need! We want every woman in Rutherford County to have absolutely no barriers to the diagnostic health care they need...come join us for a night of fun and a great cause! Tickets: winearoundthesquare.org

I just want more women to have access to health care…

Terri Sterling - Monday, September 12, 2016

By April Holland

My husband and I had a great time last year volunteering together. Caroline Lampley, who I had served on the board with in the Junior League of Murfreesboro, asked me to help co-chair the food for 2016 and I was happy to get to serve on this committee. I care a lot about women’s health since my mother died at age 52. My mom’s best friend, Judy Goforth, had breast cancer when I was a teenager, and that really affected me as well. Thankfully, Judy is a 20-year survivor.

So this year, I’m working to help recruit restaurants to get involved and donate food for our guests, and so many have said yes already! It’s going to be a great night in downtown Murfreesboro Sept. 17!

I guess when I really think about it, it’s helping women get access to health care that was the main reason I’m back as a volunteer leader this year. I’m concerned about cancer in women and making sure they get the tests they need, and that’s what this event is all about. We raise money so women who don’t have money or insurance can get diagnostic breast tests. I love my community! It is fun to be downtown and outside, it really brings the community together. I hope even more people will come out this year and join us for wine, beer and liquor tastings, lots of great food, live music and entertainment, and just a great night with all of Murfreesboro for a great cause. Tickets at winearoundthesquare.org.

(April Holland is a pre-K teacher at First United Methodist Church preschool; her husband Dean is co-owner, with his brother, Fletcher Holland,of Bock & Sons Company and Carriage House Craft. April and Dean have two daughters: Maggie, age 9, and Annie Jane, age 5).

 

 


Dave Davis, WATS logistics chair and volunteer: We’re all in this together, folks!

Terri Sterling - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

 

What draws me to help fight breast cancer is that my sister, Lisa, passed away from breast cancer in 2004.I can still vividly remember the day she called me and told me the doctors found a small lump in her breast. She was so positive and upbeat that I had no doubt she would beat this.At that time, I knew so little about cancer, but soon I learned the hard way how cruel and crippling this disease can be.

Lisa is still an inspiration to me.Lisa was a teacher with the Murfreesboro City Schools and absolutely loved working with children and enjoyed seeing them grow into young adults. Often people will come up to me still today and tell me what an impact she had on their lives.That is one of the many ways that Lisa lives on today.

Because of Lisa, my mom and dad have always been very passionate about the Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation’s Power of Pink and helping women get access to care primarily.They are great role models in teaching us that part of our wholeness in life comes from giving to others.

When I moved back here---to my hometown---in 2014, I was looking for something to get involved in, an opportunity to volunteer. When my father had a brief stay at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, I happened into Anne Davis’ office at the hospital and asked her about volunteering with the Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation.

She said, “It just so happens we need someone to head up our logistics committee for Wine Around the Square” so here I am!Thankfully I had (and continue to have) plenty of support from Mary Lovelace and Bev McPherson, last year’s logistics chairs and countless other friends and community volunteers, and I’m still here for another year!

And, it’s so great to see the community come together in the heart of Murfreesboro.The courthouse is flooded with pink lights, the streets are crowded with people walking, talking, dancing, smiling and just having a good time.When I was a child growing up in Scottland Acres, we had block parties every summer.The whole neighborhood would show up and we had the best time strengthening friendships and welcoming new friends to our ‘hood.Wine Around the Square is the same fellowship.I hope more and more people will buy a ticket, know that all of their funds go to help people (no admin costs paid for by ticket sales) and come downtown and see why Murfreesboro is such a great place to live.Because hey folks, we’re all in this together.

 


 


Save the date! 2016 WATS is Saturday, Sept. 17

Terri Sterling - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

This is year #5 for Wine Around the Square, a great night of wine tastings, beer tastings, liquor tastings, lots of great food, live music and fun outside around the historic downtown Square in Murfreesboro.

It's all for a great cause---raising money for diagnostic breast cancer tests for women who are uninsured and underinsured. Every single penny raised goes directly to this great cause---all expenses are underwritten by Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

We couldn't do it without scores of volunteers and people who give so freely of their time, energy, commitment and resources.

People like:

***Charlie Patel and Angela Lacy at Stones River Total Beverages (thank you for all of the wine, beer and liquor!)

***All of the wonderful restaurants who donate great food for our guests, including the Parthenon, Christie BBQ, The Goat, Blue Coast Burrito, The Alley, Slick Pig and so many others that are in the works right now...

***The great musicians like Frazier & Company, and entertainers from the Center of the Arts (they're going to be back this year!)

***The 40-plus volunteers on the leadership team, plus the scores of others who help put the event on, including our Trio of leaders: Patty Marschel, Rita Ash and Caroline Lampley.

And so many more...take a look at the photo shoot we did this week for VIP Magazine (thanks Carrie Beth Catron!), featuring VIP Party Co-Chairs Kit Ramsey, Mary White and Mary Hatcliff. The VIP Party will be held at the beautiful environment of Daffodilly Design on Vine Street, owned by Lori Sain Smith. Special thanks to Angel Pardue of Angel Pardue Photography for her great work at the shoot.


 


 


Hot off the Press! Guest Map for our 2015 WATS---many new venues to sip, stroll, taste and shop!

Terri Sterling - Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Brand new! Beer Garden at Wine Around the Square this year!

Terri Sterling - Monday, August 31, 2015

New this year: Beer Garden, outdoor “living room” seating, a record 32 downtown venues to visit, after-party at The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar

Fourth Annual Wine Around the Square/Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation 

Saturday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. in historic downtown Murfreesboro

Tickets at winearoundthesquare.org 

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During the last fiscal year, the Power of Pink and Wine Around the Square made possible 482 mammograms for Rutherford County women who are uninsured, underinsured or indigent. Six people were diagnosed with breast cancer last year through the Power of Pink program.

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Four new downtown Murfreesboro venues will host a brand new addition---a Beer Garden---to the fourth annual Wine Around the Square (WATS) Saturday, Sept. 19. SHAVE Barber Lounge, Eischeid Law Office, REGAL TITLE, and Personal Loan and Investment Company will serve as our “tap rooms,” according to 2015 Logistics Coordinator Dave Davis. Main Event tickets are $60 per person for the event and are available for purchase online at winearoundthesquare.org.

Twelve craft beers will be served, thanks to event sponsor Charlie Patel and Stones River Total Beverages, who every year arranges for all of the wine, premium liquors and beers to be donated for the event. The Beer Garden will also have corn hole games and picnic tables amid festival lighting.

“Every year we add something new,” said Anne Davis, Director of the Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation. “This year, we are adding a lot of new elements, including outdoor seating near the Courthouse with lounging sofas, more food than ever from many more food vendors, and a record 32 downtown shops and offices that will be open for wine-tasting, lemonade, bottled water and shopping. We want to provide a great value and a lot of fun for the hundreds of people we are planning for this year.”