Place Ad
Contact Us

‘Flood of Love’ benefit planned

A group of Farragut High School graduates have banded together to raise money for former FHS students affected by the flood in Nashville.

Adam Gross, a 1986 FHS graduate, has organized Flood of Love, a fundraiser to be held from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, May 23, at Vernon’s Grill, 9670 Countryside Center Lane.

“The whole idea came about after hearing about a flood relief telethon on the radio here in Nashville. My thought was ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to collect money and focus all the proceeds directly to the people we love without any red tape?’” Gross, a Nashville resident himself, said.

Gross said he knew of three Nashville residents and FHS alums who had been “devastated by the floods”: Michelle (Spampinato) Anderson, a 1986 grad; Sharon (Walker) Calvert, a 1985 grad; and Jason White, a 1988 grad.

“When you put faces on tragedies like this that you know personally, it really has a big impact,” Gross said.

The Flood of Love event will be free to attend, but guests can purchase food and bid on auction items.

“One hundred percent of our proceeds will go directly to our FHS friends in need,” Gross said.

Anyone can help by attending the event, but those who can’t attend can help in other ways.

“We are selling ‘Flood of Love’ T-shirts on our Web site,, and are setting up an account in the victims’ names where donations will be accepted as well,” Gross said.

Flood of Love organizers also are looking for anyone who can donate auction items, volunteer to setup the fundraiser or canvas neighborhoods with flyers, or donate money to cover event expenses, such as food and T-shirts.

Event will feature music from Tall Paul, Michael Crawley, Frankenfoot, Logan Murrell, David Helton, Doug Shock, Jason Ellis, Chris Youngblood, Tod Sheley and FHS allstars Alfred Millikan, Bo Cross and guests.

“The truly amazing thing about this event is how it demonstrates what a small group of people can accomplish in a very short time,” Gross said, adding the fundraiser was conceived little more than two weeks ago.

“Vernon’s Grill agreed to open up for us and donate 25 percent of their proceeds to the event … Sandbars Coastal Cooks agreed to cook for everyone at the event, with all of their profits going to the cause as well … and we have received many very generous donations from the community for our silent auction,” he added.

Gross said the event would have been impossible if not for the local FHS alumni who had stepped up to put the fundraiser together.

“It has been a team effort that could never have been accomplished without the power of online social networking.

“Word spread in a matter of hours and people were jumping onboard to help. Kelli Shell, Susan Horne, David Helton, Cheryl Turner, Russ and Kim Frazier, Kevin Hammett and a host of others jumped onboard and made this thing a reality,” Gross said.

“It has grown bigger than we ever imagined and we couldn’t be more pleased,” he added.

For more information, visit


News | Opinion | Sports | Business | Community | Schools | Obituaries | Announcements
Classifieds | Place Ad | Advertising | Contact Us | Archives | Search

© 2004-2017 farragutpress