Even a torrential downpour and slow ticket sales couldn't stop "Hits for the House" from being a success.
Brooks House is the Lebanon shelter for women and children in crisis. The annual concert is a fundraiser for the much-needed expansion of the house. Brooks House Director "Miss Liz" Reese was concerned ticket sales were lagging behind.
"It was fantastic," she said following Saturday's event. "Because of the rain, some people who bought tickets didn't come, and they missed a treat."
The event featured Larry Gatlin, Heidi Newfield, Rivers Rutherford and Leslie Satcher, all of whom gave performances Reese described as "outstanding."
"Our sponsors, VIPs, Brooks House board members and my ladies (women currently at the shelter) got to go backstage and meet the artists," she said. "And we all got to eat at the same time because Zaxby's fed us a great meal."
The fundraiser is important because Brooks House officials plan to expand the shelter to help more people. The shelter plans to expand at its current location on Virginia Avenue in Lebanon. At this point Reese has to turn people away for lack of space, something she hates to do.
Reese said the plans for the Brooks House expansion were on display the night of the concert so people could see just where their money would be used. While ticket sales were a bit lower this year, Reese is ready to start plans for next year's Hits for the House.
"I'm going to start working on next year a lot sooner," Reese said. "We need more sponsors."
Overall, she is just thrilled with the support.
"It was wonderful," she said. "For so many people to come out - that means the world to us and to our building fund."