The Second Annual Wine Around the Square (WATS) will be held on September 20th. The event is a progressive wine-tasting, food sampling and music event outdoors around the historic downtown Square in Murfreesboro. WATS is a casual, fun, “hip” evening for all ages.
Guests will check in under the big tent on the south side inner loop of the Square. Guests are required to show their driver’s license before they receive a keepsake etched WATS wine glass and an official WATS armband.
More than 75 wines and great appetizers and snacks will be available for tasting that evening at 16 office and retail venues around the Square. Parking is conveniently located at the City Center Parking garage located off Vine Street or south Church Street.
When: Friday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m.
Sponsored by: Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation
Benefitting: Power of Pink, a Foundation program offering screening mammograms, breast cancer diagnostic treatment and education to Rutherford County women who are uninsured and underinsured.
Where the money goes: All funds raised for this event go directly to providing mammograms and other diagnostic tests for Rutherford County women who are uninsured and underinsured. No event costs are taken out of the funds raised; event costs are either donated or paid for by Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. In addition, proceeds fund the Saint Thomas Health and Susan G. Komen “Our Mission in Motion” mobile mammography coach and a portion of a nurse navigator’s salary.
Tickets: Regular event tickets are early bird-priced at $75 per person through Sept. 14 and include all wine and food stations. After Sept. 14, tickets are $80 per person.
VIP Private Reception tickets are also available for $250 per person and include a selection of premium wines and champagnes and a full bar, along with a fabulous array of delicious appetizers for sampling. This reception will be held at the Maple Street Grill, located at 109 N. Maple Street, starting at 5:30 p.m. VIP Private Reception tickets also include full access to the outdoor progressive wine tasting Main Event. Buy all tickets at winearoundthesquare.org
Music: Music at the VIP Party at Maple Street Grill is provided by The Michael Toman Quartet. Music at the outdoor Main Event is provided by disc jockeys Jimmy Mansfield, Bobby Howard and John Ward. Types of music that will be played that evening include jazz, blues, funk, rock, dance and country rock.
Food: In addition to the progressive wine tasting, guests will enjoy plentiful tasty snacks, courtesy of many local restaurants, including a preview of new restaurant Peter D’s menu; Slick Pig; Rooster’s; Five Senses; Jim 'N Nick’s; Kirkenburt's Smokehouse; Gondolier’s; Julia’s Homestyle Bakery and Positiffitea’s. Plus, WATS will feature a food truck: Broad Street Eats.
Honoree: Each year, WATS honors women who have had breast cancer. This year’s Honoree is Dr. Dorothy Murphy, a retired internal medicine physician and breast cancer survivor.
Sponsorships available: Visit our Web site at winearoundthesquare.org for sponsorship information. Sponsorships start at $250 to $10,000 and include recognition, tickets and more.
Volunteers: Volunteers will be at each of 16 WATS venues to assist guests, provide information about the wine; pour wine; and offer a water rinse of the wine glasses as visitors leave each space. Last year, more than 160 volunteers worked on the event to make it an outstanding success. This year more 265 volunteers are involved.
Event Co-Chairs: Rita Ash, Anne Davis and Founder, Patty Marschel. A committee of more than 65 leaders and organizers joins the Co-Chairs in making WATS possible. Logistics Chairs: Mary Lovelace and Beverly McPherson; Volunteer Chairs: Paula Mansfield and Pallie Jones; VIP Chairs: Deb Thompson and Roy Snipes; Public Relations Chair: Terri Sterling.
History: The Power of Pink program was begun nine years ago to provide financial support for the Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation and Saint Thomas Health Mission in Motion mobile mammography, mammograms for indigent women in Rutherford County, and breast cancer education and information. Formerly held as a party in individual homes, in 2012 the event had grown so much that it had to be moved to an outdoor venue and opened to the community. Thus, Wine Around the Square was born.
More than $120,000 was raised last year in our very first year. More than 600 people attended last year’s event. The need is great, and more treatment and testing are needed. We want to grow WATS in order to provide more funding for more breast health care for more Rutherford County women.
About the Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation: The Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation was established in 1984 to support and promote the quality medical services provided by Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and to raise and manage philanthropic gifts to further the hospital’s healing ministry. Contributions to the Foundation support direct care of the poor, education, research, new equipment and facilities. No matter what the size, every gift to the Foundation has an impact and helps meet the most pressing needs of our patients and our community. And remember, when you make a donation, 100% of your gift goes directly to our programs to improve healthcare for Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital patients now and in the future.
The Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation is located at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, 1700 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129. The phone number is 615.396.4996. The Foundation’s Web site is mtmc.org/foundation. Anne Davis is the Foundation’s Executive Director, and Lindsey Fournier is the Foundation’s Development Coordinator.