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Nashville Cares News Release

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

Nashville CARES To Celebrate 35 Years in Music City With Celebration of Hope Virtual Gala

Actress, activist and singer Sheryl Lee Ralph to host

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. XX, 2020) – Nashville CARES will celebrate 35 years in Music City with a virtual Celebration of Hope Gala on Saturday, Aug. 22, live-streamed from the National Museum of African American Music. The Gala, hosted by actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, will feature a silent auction, scholarship announcement and a virtual dinner.

“Nashville CARES has continued to fight the battle against HIV/AIDS, and we are excited to be able to celebrate our triumphs and successes in the community through the Celebration of Hope Gala,” said Nashville CARES CEO Amna Osman, MPA. “We hope this virtual experience provides a fun night while also following social distance guidelines.”

The Gala is Nashville CARES’ largest fundraiser of 2020, and money raised will assist in the maintenance of day-to-day operations such as educational efforts and infrastructure updates, and work toward a new Nashville CARES HIV/STD clinic focused on testing and treating HIV and hepatitis C.

For the price of admission, Gala guests will receive a virtual swag bag including links for the VIP reception, silent auction items and the opportunity to enjoy unique entertainment acts. They will also receive Uber Eats and Grubhub meal vouchers to order dinner delivery from their favorite local restaurant.

The Celebration of Hope Gala host is actress, activist, singer and author Sheryl Lee Ralph. She is best known for her roles as Deena Jones in the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls,” for which she received a Tony Award nomination. In addition to “Dreamgirls,” Ralph has appeared in countless other shows and movies, such as “Moesha” and “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.”

Nashville CARES will be honoring community leaders Dr. James Hildreth of Meharry Medical School and Dr. David Aronoff of Vanderbilt Medical School. They will also honor corporate partners Bridgestone and Dell, philanthropic partners Iris Buhl and James R. Kelley, and community partners Rev. James Sanders and Meharry Medical College.

More information about ticket pricing is available here. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please complete the application here.


Nashville CARES is an advocacy and education organization focused on ending HIV/AIDS in Middle Tennessee serving 17 counties throughout Middle Tennessee, providing educational resources, free and confidential testing, advocacy, and other vital services.

In 2019, Nashville CARES served more than 50,000 Middle Tennesseans living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS and administered more than 10,000 tests. Despite difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Nashville CARES continues to deliver essential services by embracing new techniques and technologies. Many HIV/AIDS patients in Middle Tennessee rely on the resources we provide. Of every dollar donated to Nashville CARES, 95 cents go directly toward direct client care. Nashville CARES is a partner in the national effort to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. More than 1.1 million Americans are currently living with HIV, and an estimated 40,000 more will be diagnosed each year.

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