The Tennessean and Music City Center hosted a luncheon yesterday in honor of Gail Kerr, the beloved columnist who passed away this March.
Gail had worked on an idea to support the How’s Nashville campaign. She wanted to reach out to the community and challenge her readers to help raise $10,000 to house 10 people who have experienced chronic homelessness. The money raised would go to the How’s Nashville campaign and pay for move-in costs including security deposits, first month’s rent, utility deposits, and some furniture and household goods.
Unfortunately, Gail suddenly passed away before the launch of her campaign. The Tennessean under the leadership of editor Maria De Varenne partnered with Les Kerr and together they launched Gail Kerr’s House the Homeless Fund, a time-limited campaign that implements what Gail had envisioned.
At yesterday’s luncheon, How’s Nashville partners were surprised to learn that a total of $49,635 was raised with Les Kerr writing a check to make it an even $50,000.
Thank you to all the donors who stepped up to honor Gail Kerr’s memory in such a big way. And thank you to all the How’s Nashville supporters – donors, landlords, and partner agencies.
How’s Nashville is becoming what it set out to be – a campaign embraced by our entire community.
We, our partners, prove that when we come together as a community, we can do anything. Let’s continue to house our most vulnerable neighbors – individuals and families who struggle with homelessness.