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Released 12 May 2010

Nashville, TN: – The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command has received a great response from a cross-section of companies and organizations in our community who wish to assist with flood relief.  Below is a listing of partnerships and events that are benefiting The Salvation Army’s flood relief efforts in Middle Tennessee.


FirstBank and Nashville Sounds Announce Collaborative Effort for Flood Relief


The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command, FirstBank and Nashville Sounds have announced a collaborative effort to aid in flood relief for the middle Tennessee area. Now through Friday, May 14th, you are encouraged to drop-off needed items at any Middle Tennessee FirstBank locations.   As part of this effort, a relief truck will be parked at the Nashville Sounds game on Friday, May 14th to collect necessities for victims of the recent flooding.


The Salvation Army is requesting hygiene kits (shampoo/conditioner, soap, tooth brush/paste, lotion, bug spray, sun screen, etc.)  for men and women to be dropped off at any of the Middle Tennessee FirstBank locations or the Sounds game this Friday.  Only NEW items will be accepted.


In addition to donating material items, fans will also have the opportunity to make text donations by texting “FLOOD” to 90999 which will be displayed on the jumbotron screen at the game.


"At FirstBank our mission as a community bank is to provide support to each community we serve. With the recent devastation in the Middle Tennessee and West Tennessee areas, we are pleased to partner with The Salvation Army so we may help those in need,” Chris Holmes, FirstBank Chief Banking Officer stated.


All FirstBank branches have set-up an account to accept donations in each market that will be given to a local Salvation Army helping with flood relief.  To find a FirstBank location, please visit


About FirstBank

FirstBank is Tennessee’s largest independently owned and operated bank, with locations across the state. The bank, headquartered in Lexington, Tenn., services every major metropolitan market in the state and, with nearly $2 billion in total assets, has the resources to provide a comprehensive variety of financial services and products.


Concert Benefitting The Salvation Army at Hard Rock Café


Clayton Risner, Heidi Rojas and Travis Flynn have coordinated a concert to be held at the Hard Rock Café in downtown Nashville this Friday, May 14th at 9pm.  This will be the first concert at the Hard Rock Café since the flood. Nashvillians are encouraged to come out and celebrate their community.  Tickets will be sold at the door for $8.00.  All proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army Nashville Flood Relief Efforts.  Premier Parking will also be offering discounted $5.00 parking for anyone attending the concert at the Ragland Lot at 2nd Avenue South and Molloy Street (located in front of XO Communication building). For more information, contact the Cathy Antil, Publicist/Manager at 738-1040 Premier Parking specifically reduced their parking price for this event to support increased donations to The Salvation Army.


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First Tennessee Foundation commits up to $500,000 for storm relief efforts

The First Tennessee Foundation announced today that it will provide up to $500,000 to Tennesseans affected by the weekend's storms through a direct contribution and by matching First Tennessee and FTN Financial employee and customer contributions to The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. 

The foundation will make a $250,000 direct contribution evenly split between the The Salvation Army and Red Cross. In addition, the foundation will match First Tennessee employee and customer gifts to The Salvation Army and Red Cross, also up to $250,000. 

Customers wishing to participate in the relief effort can do so by going to any First Tennessee financial center throughout the state and making a donation to The Salvation Army. Contributions can be made through May 15th.

About The First Tennessee Foundation and First Horizon National Corp.

The First Tennessee Foundation is a private charitable foundation established by First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE: FHN, in 1993 to support nonprofit community organizations. During the past five years, our corporation and our foundation have donated more than $27 million to meet community needs. For more information on First Tennessee’s storm relief efforts, contact Anthony Hicks, Media Relations, (901) 523-4726.



Caney Fork Restaurant Opryland and Salvation Army partner on Donation Drive for Nashville Flood Victims


Caney Fork Restaurant is giving back to those who give.  Located at the front gates of Gaylord Opryland, Caney Fork Restaurant will be accepting donated items on behalf of the Salvation Army to help the thousands of families displaced by the flood.  



To make it even more rewarding to donors, Caney Fork will be giving every person who donates a free appetizer coupon to come in or come back later and enjoy the restaurants delicious southern fare. “We know people do not need an incentive to give but it is our way of saying thank you to all  the people  of Nashville and surrounding areas who have given so much and continue to help others,” says Marc Barhonovich.


Caney Fork Resturant will be accepting material donations for the Salvation Army and the Nashville Flood victims on Saturday May 15th and Sunday May 16th  from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM each day.

For more information about the donation drive and how you can help, please contact the General Manager for Nashville, Mrs. Vickie Schela at (615) 724-1200 or Josh Weis at (813) 265-9274.

For more information about Caney Fork and to see how to get to the facility please go to 


About Caney Fork Restaurant

Caney Fork Restaurant is a causal authentic Southern Style restaurant. All guests start with Caney Fork's own corn fritters followed by a wide variety of perfectly aged Steaks, Mississippi Catfish, slow cooked Ribs with the South's best BBQ sauce, juicy Pork Tenderloin, Fried Shrimp, Broiled Chicken, and huge salads. You will also find great burgers, pulled pork, chili, fried pickles, crab cakes, banana pudding and cobbler for dessert. The Company’s strategy is to differentiate its restaurants by emphasizing consistently high-quality food and awesome service, generous portions at very reasonable prices and a casual atmosphere that reflects the towns in which we are located.



Salvation Army Extends Appreciation for Community Support


Major Rob Vincent, Nashville Area Commander for The Salvation Army, said, "We are very privileged to have such great support from our community and organizations such as FirstBank, First Tennessee, Caney Fork Restaurant, Hard Rock Café, Premier Parking  and artists Heidi Rojas, Travis Flynn and Clayton Risner.  With our partnerships, The Salvation Army will be able to provide much needed items to people severely affected by the flood."

In addition to material donations (please see website for items we are collecting – NO used clothing), Major Vincent explained that the next best way to help is with a monetary gift. Gifts may be made online at designating your gift to the Nashville floods, or checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 78625, Nashville, TN 37207. Text donations are also being accepted.  Text the word “FLOOD” to 90999.

For more information about The Salvation Army or to make a donation, contact The Salvation Army at (615) 242-0411. Or, follow updates on Twitter (@SalArmy), Facebook (The Salvation Army-Nashville), or on our blog at Visit our website at to an up-to-date listing of our emergency assistance centers, mobile feeding locations, approved partners and events.



About the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services in 5,000 communities that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.



For more information, contact:

Jennifer Eldridge, Director of Marketing

Office: (615) 242-0411 ext. 243 or Cell (615) 416-4218

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