42ND ANNUAL MUSIC CITY TENNIS INVITATIONAL BENEFITS CENTER FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT AT VANDERBILT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 9, 2015) – Jackson National Life Insurance Company presents the 42nd Annual Music City Tennis Invitational (MCTI) benefiting the Center for Child Development at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The two-day tournament will be held at the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on April 18 and 19.
“MCTI is all about benefiting the Center and continuing to help families and children in need,” said Patsy Bradley, co-chair for the 2015 MCTI committee. “We enjoy keeping this long-standing tradition alive, and thanks to the dedication of our committee members and the support of the Nashville community we’ve been able to raise more than $1.5 million for the Center and the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.”
The MCTI is the only fundraising event that directly benefits the Center. Funds raised assist children who need services that are not covered by insurance. The Center provides screening, evaluation and referral services for youth who are developmentally delayed, intellectually disabled, or suffer from ADHD or autism spectrum disorders.
“Sometimes, a parent needs reassurance that they are doing okay from the experts,” said Luz Belleza-Binns, mother of two children who have been helped by the Center for Child Development. “They give me a pat on the back, words of encouragement, and new ideas to address challenges. The Vanderbilt Behavioral Unit is that place where I can go to refuel, energize and keep going.”
In support of the 42nd annual tournament, a pre-tournament songwriter showcase will be held at the Bluebird Café on Thursday, April 9. The benefit concert will include Grammy-nominated, award-winning songwriter James Slater, known for writing Martina McBride’s “In My Daughter’s Eyes,” Rascal Flatts’ “Unstoppable,” and Jamey Johnson’s “High Cost of Living.” Tickets and reservations can be accessed at www.bluebirdcafe.com.
For more information about MCTI or to become a sponsor, player or volunteer visit www.musiccitytennis.com.
About the Music City Tennis Invitational
The Music City Tennis Invitational is the longest-running music-related charity tennis tournament in the country. The nonprofit organization is sustained through its committed volunteers and support from entertainment industry and businesses across the country. MCTI was established in 1973 by music publisher Wesley Rose of Acuff Rose Music, Helen Farmer of the American Cancer Society, and leaders in the music industry and business community. Their vision was to promote camaraderie among tennis enthusiasts while raising funds for charity. MCTI’s honors include the USTA 2008 Southern Charity Tennis Event of the Year as well as the USTA 2008 Charity Tennis Event of the Year. To date, MCTI has donated more than $1.5 million to the Center for Child Development at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. In 2010, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean honored MCTI with a proclamation recognizing MCTI’s commitment to the Center and commending their service to the Nashville community. For its 40th Anniversary, MCTI 2013 received a proclamation from Tennessee Governor, Bill Haslam commending MCTI for making a difference in the lives of children and families for 40 years. For more information, please visit www.musiccitytennis.com.
About the Center for Child Development at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
The Center for Child Development at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt serves children and families who are affected by developmental and learning differences. Clinicians provide a range of medical, developmental and psychological evaluation services in an attempt to provide families with the information and resources they need in order to maximize the potential of children with developmental needs. Several developmental specialty clinics also provide aspects of ongoing medical and psychological care to families. For more information, please visit www.ChildrensHospital.Vanderbilt.org.