Released 6 July 2010
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Nashville, TN - Jerry Duvall, CEO of CS Week, presented a check for $30,000 to Major Rob Vincent of The Salvation Army for flood relief efforts on Wednesday.
CS Week planned a week-long conference that was supposed to be held at the Gaylord Opryland back in May. Due to the flood damage to the Opryland Hotel, plans changed.
"Our first thoughts at the news of the flooding were basic - how do we salvage an educational conference scheduled in 22 days for 1,500 people," Duvall recalls. "Before I flew to Nashville three days after the flood to sign contracts, I realized that we had to do something to help the people whose lives were impacted by the floods."
CS Week planned a fundraising event for participants called "Standing with Nashville." The benefit concert which featured stars T.G. Sheppard, John Anderson, Buddy Green, Joe Tyler, Teea Goans, The Riders in the Sky and superstar Vince Gill who is known for his unwavering support of Nashville humanitarian efforts. All the artists donated their time.
"We were blessed to be a small part of the recovery effort; even more to have Nashville music icons step in to help our effort," Duvall said as he presented the check. "It was an honor to salute the agency and all the volunteers - working so hard to restore lives and livelihoods."
Major Rob Vincent, Area Commander for The Salvation Army said, "We are very honored that CS Week choose The Salvation Army as one of their preffered organizations to give back to the community of Nashville. The business they brought to town, and kept here, even after the devasting floods has been a blessing to this city. Planning a benefit so quickly took a miracle and we appreciate all their coordination."
The monetary donation received by The Salvation Army will be used to provide direct assistance to flood victims participating in our case management initiative. Rent and mortage assistance will be available as well as utility assistance. Funds to purchase appliances and building supplies are also available.
For more information on how to help or where to get help, please contact, Jennifer Eldridge, Director of Marketing for The Salvation Army at 242-0411.