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Thursday, February 29, 2024

2024 brings an exciting milestone for Park Center - we are turning 40! How About Dinner And A Movie? on February 29, 2024 will kick off our yearlong celebration.


For the past 27 years, this event has raised much needed funds to support Park Center members seeking mental health, substance use, and homelessness support. The communities continued support allows us to work alongside our members with disability assistance, housing support, connection to employment and education and substance use treatment.


Event Details:

How About Dinner & A Movie? is our annual event to bring the community together for a movie, food and auction started by Barbara Daane, to learn about the work of Park Center and how the community is impacted by the work. Since the start of this event, the historic Belcourt Theatre has hosted our event.

Park Center will honor the memory of Jeff Blum, who passed away in 2022 after battling Alzheimer's Disease.

Jeff helped found Reconciliation Ministries and Guest House, Nashville’s Mental Health Court, and the Magdalene House Project. He also played an integral part in bringing many life-saving programs to Nashville and into the Davidson County Sheriff Office (DCSO). He edited and cowrote Tools for the Ultimate Trial in 1991, a manual for post-conviction capital case mitigation (translate: how to help death row inmates be seen as human beings in their appeals process)- a manual still used in digital format. Jeff worked as state director of the TN Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, offered Keynote speeches to similar groups in several states and Washington, D.C.
He served the City of Nashville- Metro for 25 years, first in the Public Defender’s office and then with DCSO. He was the court and jail liaison for DCSO at the time of his retirement in 2017. He had been involved creatively with community mental health clinicians and organizations (like Park Center), community partners, people with many complex needs, defense and prosecuting attorneys, judges and the families and pastors of persons in jail or prison.

 Sheriff Daron Hall will join us to share how Jeff's legacy still impacts those seeking mental health support coming through the criminal justice system.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Park Center.


Ticket information:

Ticket Price: $150

There is an opportunity to support a staff member to attend for an additional $150

There are opportunities to sponsor a half page for $50 or a full page for $100 in the event program with a message in memory of Jeff Blum- we are no longer able to take these submissions as of 2/18/2024

Building relationships with donors like you, we can continue to work alongside members with disability assistance or substance use treatment, as they transition from jail to community resources, and continuing to provide access to a full continuum of housing resources.

To become a Sponsor of this event, please review the sponsorship levels below.

And if you are part of Park Center's 1984 society for FY 2024, you receive 4 tickets to the event.