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US (TN): Fellowship on the farm helps community "grow" closer

Cul2vate hosted its annual fundraiser, Fellowship on the Farm, October 3. Joining attendees for the event were local chefs and businesses, including Par Martin of Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint, Jason McConnell of Red Pony, Tandy Wilson of City House, and Rebekah Turshen of City House.

Guests dined al fresco on tables in the field at the Cul2vate Farm and the Ellington Agricultural Center lit by festive strings of lights. Later in the evening, they were entertained by songwriters and Nashville favorites Neil Thrasher, Lee Thomas Miller, and Wendell Mobley with hit songs they have written for singers such as Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney.

Cul2vate's Joey Lankford with New Greenhouse Donor Paul Gravette.

In addition to the funds raised, a special gift was donated by local entrepreneur Paul Gravette: a new 30' x 100' greenhouse with radiant heating for the winter and a wet wall cooling system for the summer. Said Mr. Gravette, "I can't think of a more deserving local charity than Cul2vate. It's their support of Nashville and its less fortunate citizens that proves we are truly a community that cares."

Mr. Gravette is the co-founder and CEO of Le-Vel Brands, LLC, developer of their state-of-the-art Cloud Management system. He is also a much sought-after thought leader in sales and marketing, successfully helming businesses such as THRIVE, a health and wellness system.

Other event sponsors and supporters included Mission Increase Foundation, Taziki's, Tractor Supply Company, Athens Distributing Company, The Black Abbey Brewing Company, Knestrick by Design, Nashville Tent & Awning, TC Craft Tequila, Trabeautiful Designs.

In addition to the food, fun, music, and networking, guests were treated to a tour of the facilities. Said Mr. Gravette, "I want to thank everyone at Cul2vate for a wonderful evening and congratulate them on their success raising these badly needed funds. I'm honored to be associated with them."

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