|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