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Ticket sales slow for annual 'Hits for the House'

Mary E. Hinds maryhinds@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Brooks House is the place women go with their children when their lives are broken. The Lebanon shelter is known far and wide as a safe place for them to get back on their feet.

Brooks House Director "Miss Liz" Reese is worried because ticket sales to the shelter's biggest fundraiser of the year are lagging behind.  

Songwriters Spotlight will present a special in-the-round concert featuring Larry Gatlin, Heidi Newfield, Rivers Rutherford and Leslie Satcher on May 4. The annual Hits for the House benefit concert is always a hit with audiences and all proceeds will go to support a much needed expansion of Brooks House.

"Ticket sales are very slow," said Reese, who is known as Momma Liz. "Of the 600 available tickets, we have 400 left."

She said the event was moved so as not to again conflict with another Lebanon staple.

"We moved the date this year so it wouldn't be the same day as the Whip Crackin' Rodeo," Reese said.

The line up of artists for the event are top notch. ACM’s top male vocalist winner Gatlin (Gatlin Brothers) is a country music legend. Joining him will be Newfield, former singer for Trick Pony. Rivers Rutherford, ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year, has penned such hits as  “Real Good Man" and "Smoke Rings In The Dark." Rounding out this talented group is Leslie Satcher, also a Grammy winner for Best Country Album of the Year with George Strait’s  “Troubadour.”  

With such stellar talent on board, Reese is at a loss to explain why tickets aren't flying out the door.

"Like any concerned mother, I want this to be a success," she said. "I also want the artists to come and be well received."

The fundraiser is important because Brooks House is hoping to expand the shelter to help more people.  The shelter is planning to expand at its current location on Virginia Avenue in Lebanon.

"We are completely full and we have 18 people in hotels," Reese said. "That's moms and their kids."

At this point she is having to turn people away for lack of space, something she hates to do.

"There is such a great need and it's hard to turn folks down," she said.

Resse noted that the plans for the Brooks House expansion will be on display the night of the concert so people can see just where their money is going.

The event will be held at Winfree Bryant Middle School auditorium at 1213 Leeville Pike in Lebanon. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m. The venue features two seating opportunities with ticket prices ranging from $60 and preferred seating $100 per person. Tickets are available through the local Pinnacle Bank by calling 615-466-5480.

"We want everyone to come and enjoy this night," Reese said.

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