Helping families care for their senior loved ones

Gospel artists John Darin Rowsey, The Talleys, Tribute Quartet, Jeff Stice and Aaron Wilburn to perform Dec. 4 in “A Down Home Christmas” to benefit The Veranda


GALLATIN, TENN. — John Darin Rowsey, The Talleys, Tribute Quartet, pianist Jeff Stice and comedian Aaron Wilburn, five top artists in gospel music, are among artists helping start the holiday season with “A Down Home Christmas,” a dinner and music event benefiting The Veranda. The event will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at The Depot Square in Gallatin, Tenn. A silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and concert at 6:30 p.m.

Cost is $45 per person, and tables of eight are available for $360. Seating is limited to 300, and reservations are requested before Nov. 28.

Proceeds from the dinner and music event benefit The Veranda, the flagship program of Veranda Ministries. An outreach supported by Impact Fellowship Church in Gallatin, The Veranda is a respite activity program that helps meet the needs of senior adults and their families who are affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia and other issues of the aging process. Activities are provided a few hours a day, three days a week at the church to allow families much-needed respite time to take care of other family needs.

Emcee for the evening is singer and songwriter John Darin Rowsey. Rowsey currently travels with The Guardians and previously performed with Karen Peck and New River and Watts, Rowsey & Bean.

“This is such a great honor for me to be part of an event that addresses one of the most serious diseases facing families today,” Rowsey said. “The holidays often are not easy for those in the midst of caring for a loved one with Alzheimers and dementia. Yet many times the power of music is something the family can enjoy together. Music—especially Christmas music—creates a connection when nothing else can. I am looking forward to this wonderful time together.”

The evening’s line-up includes Tribute Quartet, The Talleys, Jeff Stice, Aaron Wilburn, The Lore Family, Avenue, Rebecca Little Burke of The Littles, songwriter Kenna West, Dusty Wells, Wanette Turner and Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly. A special performance by Daniel Webster and Welch College Ensemble also will be featured.

“Welch College is excited to serve alongside the wonderful people at The Veranda. The busyness of the Christmas season so often brings about extra hardship on families who are caring for their loved ones, so playing a part in this benefit concert and dinner is a special honor,” Daniel Webster, director of enrollment services at Welch College, said. “We look forward to seeing how Christ will work through the generous support of His people.”

Guests can expect an interactive evening with the opportunity to sing with the artists. Another highlight of the evening will be The Talleys’ performance of their Dove Award winning song, “Hidden Heroes,” which pays tribute to those who care for the needs of others. The song has become a theme song for The Veranda family.

“‘Hidden Heroes’ is a fitting connection, especially during the holiday season, to honor those who are giving an ultimate gift themselves by serving others,” said Debra Talley, who also serves as a member of the Veranda Board of Directors. “We are looking forward to this joyous night of celebrating the holidays while also helping generate awareness for The Veranda and its service to the community.”

This is the seventh year Tribute Quartet has participated in this event for The Veranda. Gary Casto, the quartet’s manager, also serves as a member of The Veranda’s Board of Directors.

I’m thrilled Tribute is a part of this life-changing ministry,” Casto said. “Jesus said that He came so we might have life and live it more abundantly. Veranda Ministries follows this teaching by helping families and their loved ones with dementia learn to live life to the fullest of their ability. I’m very thankful that we endorse such a powerful force as The Veranda.”

Jeff Stice returns for his fourth year as part of the line-up of performers. The award-winning pianist is looking forward to participating again this year.

“Being a part of this event has been of the most meaningful Christmas gifts I’ve ever received,” Stice said. “When I first learned of The Veranda, I thought it to be an amazing outreach to Alzheimer’s families. I am truly honored and humbled to be sharing my music again this year on this very special evening.”

Having spent more than 30 years in the music industry, Wanette Turner’s heart is in ministry, and she supports the mission of The Veranda. Turner also is the events and audience producer with the Huckabee Show. The show recognized Oglesby-Sutherly and The Veranda during one of its “Huck’s Heroes” segment in 2017.

“Authenticity is important and ‘showing’ the love of Christ is even more effective than our words,” Turner said. “Our actions must lead the way and tell the story of love, which is exactly what Mary Anne and the volunteers do every day at The Veranda.”

“Memory Trees,” a popular collection of auction items, are back as well as wreaths and table arrangements designed for year-round display. Individual trees will be decorated in themes. Some of the trees will honor families and loved ones who have been affected by dementia.

“This will be a wonderful evening of festive music to celebrate the start of the Christmas season.” Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, director of Veranda Ministries, said. “We will have a special tree with all the ornaments made by clients at The Veranda. Plus, they have been working on artwork that will serve as table decorations at the event.

“It will be a great night for families, young and old alike, to get together and usher in the holiday season and celebrate Christ, the true reason for the season,” Oglesby-Sutherly said. “I am so grateful to the artists for their unwavering support of this event. It’s become a traditional start to the Christmas season for our Veranda family, and we invite others to join us for this special evening.”

For more information about the event or to make reservations, contact The Veranda staff at 615-838-1207. Reservations may also be made online by clicking the "Reserve Seats" button on this page above.


• $45 per person
• $360 for Table of 8

Reserve your seat BEFORE NOV. 28

Call 615-838-1207

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