TPAC to mix "Big Payback" push with Opening Night on May 6
Tennessee's first "Big Payback" encourages Middle Tennesseans to give local and support area non-profits during 24-hour campaign
NASHVILLE – The non-profit Tennessee Performing Arts Center announces it will participate in “The Big Payback,” a regional, 24-hour online giving event created to help Middle Tennessee non-profits raise funds vital to their work.
The 24-hour campaign will begin on Tuesday, May 6 at 6:00 a.m. and end on Wednesday, May 7 at 6:00 a.m. During this time, supporters of arts education and TPAC’s mission can visit TheBigPayback.org or tpac.org to make donations for TPAC.
May 6 is also the “opening night” for Million Dollar Quartetand the first of eight performances for the limited, week-long engagement of the touring production in TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall. Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.
TPAC staff and volunteers will have a table set up in the lobby on opening night for patrons and other supporters to participate in the Big Payback.
“The Big Payback is a special opportunity to recognize and support the work of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, which serves up to 50,000 students, teachers, artists, and adults each year,” said Charles Stewart, TPAC’s vice-president for institutional advancement. “What better way to do it than during a Broadway production rooted in Tennessee’s musical history? It may not be a ‘million dollar’ night for us, but we’re hoping to see strong support from our patrons and friends during this exciting one-day event.”
Gifts from the public will be boosted with funds from sponsors of The Big Payback, and TPAC will vie for financial incentives and additional prizes through an online leaderboard, which will track donations in real time.
"For 24 hours on May 6 and 7, The Big Payback will be the most inclusive, most collaborative giving event in Middle Tennessee history. It will be an easy, fun and a meaningful way for all of us to show our local pride and give back,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “Non-profits do life-changing work every day across Middle Tennessee and it’s time for us to come together to support their efforts and recognize the positive impact they have on our neighbors, in our own backyards.”
This inaugural event to directly improve the Nashville community is sponsored by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the Kharis Foundation. For more information, visit TheBigPayback.org.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 1,000 charitable funds, providing customized philanthropic solutions with flexibility for donors, nonprofit organizations and the community. In the past 22 years, The Community Foundation has distributed more than $684 million to community programs and institutions. For more information, call (615) 321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.