March 2, 2010

Friends of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Raise Money with "Friends and Fashion"


EVENT: “Friends and Fashion’s Project FrontRow”

DATE: Patron’s party (open to the public) March 20, fashion show and luncheon March 29, 2010
PLACE: Embassy Suites, 820 Crescent Centre Dr., Franklin
TIME: Shopping experience with goods from The Friends Shop and Belk, 10 a.m. Show and luncheon, 11:45 a.m.
COST: Patron’s party, $50/person. Fashion show and luncheon, $100 per person/$1,200 per table of 12.
RSVP: Call 343-8660 or visit
CONTACT: Cindy Comperry, director of Friends of Children’s Hospital, 322-4863,

EVENT DETAILS: In its 20th year, “Friends and Fashion” raises money to support programs vital to the mission of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Coordinated by the Williamson County Chapter of Friends of Children’s Hospital, this year’s event, themed “Project FrontRow,” will feature fashions by Belk and will support the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

Professional models will be joined by child models, all of whom have been Children’s Hospital patients. The event will also feature a “Mother of Honor” presentation given to a deserving mother of a local patient. This year’s recipient is Beth Huth, whose daughter, Hannah, has undergone several surgeries at Children’s Hospital.

To mark the 20th anniversary, Friends and Fashion has added an additional event this year. The public is invited to attend the first Friends and Fashion Patron’s Party, to be held March 20 at Brentwood Country Club. The cost for this event is $50 per person, which includes appetizers, drinks, auction and dance tunes from “The Ole Time Rock & Roll Band.”
Tickets to all Friends and Fashion events may be purchased at

ABOUT FRIENDS: Friends of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is an organization of volunteers working to render volunteer service to all units of Children’s Hospital, its patients and families. It serves to enhance the hospital in matters of fund-raising and public relations and assists the hospital in continually re-examining and improving various aspects of its service to children and their families.

“The Friends organization is actively recruiting new volunteers and members, especially in Williamson County,” said Linzi McConnell, co-president of the Williamson County chapter of Friends. “No matter what a person’s volunteer interest, the hospital and Friends can put a new volunteer to work. So many children here in Williamson County are treated at Children’s Hospital that being a member of Friends is a direct way to give back to our community.”

Membership into Friends is open to anyone who has an interest in aiding patients and families who come to Children’s Hospital. Friends members aid the hospital throughout the year with a variety of activities, including providing meals for families in the hospital, coordinating programs and entertainment for the patients and volunteering with various community outreach programs.

“Volunteering for Friends of Children’s Hospital is an eye-opening experience,” said Julie Casteel, co-president of the Williamson County Chapter of Friends. “Knowing that no child who needs its services is denied care on the basis of limited ability to pay makes one realize just how important our events and fund raising efforts are.”

If you are interested in hearing more about the Friends of Children’s Hospital, visit Friends under “Giving” at or contact Cindy Comperry at 322-4863.

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is a leader in pediatric care, ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and 15th in the nation by Parents magazine. Children’s Hospital provides 222 beds for the highest level of pediatric care and is also a top-level teaching and research facility. Children's Hospital features Centers of Excellence for the treatment of diabetes and congenital heart disorders and offers services for cancer, organ and bone marrow transplants, level 1 pediatric trauma, treatment for developmental disorders and the highest designated level NICU in the state.