Fundraiser to benefit Gardner-Simmons

By JB Clark

Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Gardner-Simmons Home is hosting a night of Southern food and bluegrass music in what Director Carla Wilemon hopes will become a staple fundraiser for the organization’s Providence House.

Catfish and Khakis will feature music from the band Haywire Fiddlehead and food from restaurants Romie’s Grocery and South.

Money from the event will help provide pregnant girls with a safe place to carry their babies to term.

Wilemon said she has been spreading the word about the maternity home since becoming director in August and hopes this fundraiser will help put the home back in the public eye in Tupelo. Since rebranding and reopening as a maternity home in January, the Gardner-Simmons Home’s Providence House has been a place for girls between the ages of 12 and 21 who are pregnant and don’t feel they can safely carry their baby to term in their current living situation.

The house staff works to keep the girls and their babies safe while keeping them on track with schooling.

Tickets for the Oct. 18 fundraiser are $20 and can be purchased at Busylad, Midnight Pottery, Jody’s Flowers and Gifts, Caron Gallery, Silly Simpson’s and The Snooty Owl.

The event also will feature an art auction from local artists.

Businesses can sign up to sponsor the event through today.

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