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BMI Nashville Hosts Magdalene’s ‘Its All a Gift’ Event

Posted in News on December 15, 2004
BMI Nashville invited the Nashville community to its home on Music Row during the annual fundraiser for Magdalene, a two-year residential community for women with a criminal history of addiction and prostitution.

Orrin Ingram, Vanderbilt Chancellor Gordon Gee, Constance Gee, BMI's Del Bryant and Phil Graham

Founded in 1996 by the Rev. Becca Stevens in conjunction with a city-wide task force on prostitution, Magdalene was created to provide a sanctuary in Nashville for women in need of a safe, disciplined and compassionate community and to offer opportunities for addiction recovery, education and employment. In 2001, Magdalene launched Thistle Farms, an all-natural bath and body products company operated by program participants and volunteers.

Marcus Hummon, event co-chair Caroline Davis of BMI, Becca Stevens

Among the musical talents participating in the program were BMI Award-winning songwriter (and Stevens' husband) Marcus Hummon, who performed "Bless the Broken Road," and songwriter/artists Hunter Davis and Russ Taff.

Songwriter Hunter Davis, Sony Music's Tracy Gershon, Capitol Records' Fletcher Foster, BMI's Alison Smith

The "It's All a Gift" fundraiser collected money and pledges for Magdalene's ongoing work in 2005. One of their support programs involves songwriting collaborations, pairing professional Nashville writers with residents.

Famous Music's Glenn Middleworth, BMG Music's Michelle Berlin

Bank of America's Danielle Lares, event coordinator Marlei Daugherty, Becca Stevens

Photos by Kristina Marie Krug/Siren Studios