Vince Gill will join community members and public education supporters at the Nashville Public Education Foundation’s 12th annual Public Schools Hall of Fame luncheon on Monday, Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Gill will also perform at the event.
“We are so grateful that Vince Gill is willing to contribute his time and talents to help ensure this year’s Public Schools Hall of Fame event is one of the city’s most successful yet,” said Shannon Hunt, NPEF president and CEO. “Vince reminds us of everything that is so special about Nashville – a city made rich with its musical roots, full of incredibly generous people who want to see this city continue to thrive, and a community of voices who know stronger public schools are an intrinsic part of that success.”
At the event, NPEF will honor an individual with its Nelson C. Andrews Distinguished Service Award and induct MNPS alumni into its Hall of Fame.
“Public schools mean a lot to the vitality of Nashville,” Gill said. “I’m honored to be a part of this philanthropic event and help showcase the individuals who have positively impacted this community.”
For the first time in the event’s 12-year history, a third award is being introduced – the Inspiring Innovation Award. The award will recognize a teacher, initiative or school that exemplifies NPEF’s commitment to bringing bold, innovative strategies to our public schools.
The Foundation is still seeking nominations for the Inspiring Innovation Award. The deadline is June 1.
“Education is critical to Nashville’s future,” Hunt said. “Honoring successful MNPS graduates who exemplify what can be achieved through public education and who have supported our schools serves as an inspiration to the entire community.”
The annual luncheon helps the Foundation implement a variety of outreach and programming initiatives. To purchase tickets, a table or sponsorships to this year’s event, visit nashvillepef.org/hall-of-fame or call 615-727-1515.
About the Nashville Public Education Foundation
The Nashville Public Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to pulling together the vast intellectual, creative and financial resources of the Nashville community to create a shared vision of the city’s education system and provide the needed targeted resources to make it a reality.
About Vince Gill
One of the most popular singers in modern country music, Vince Gill is famous for his topnotch songwriting, world-class guitar playing and warm, soaring tenor, all wrapped up in a quick and easy wit. Gill achieved his big breakthrough in 1990 with “When I Call Your Name,” which won both the Country Music Association’s Single and Song of the Year awards as well as a GRAMMY. Since then, he has won 17 more CMA honors, including Song of the Year four times – making him the most-awarded artist in that category in CMA history. Since 1990, Gill has won 20 GRAMMY Awards. The Academy of Country Music has conferred on Gill eight awards, including its prestigious Home Depot Humanitarian Award and the 2011 Career Achievement Award. Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry. In August 2012, Gill was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is a member of the four-time GRAMMY-nominated band The Time Jumpers.