Supporters came out by the hundreds to support Cumberland University's Nursing Program on Saturday night.
The annual Notes for Nurses fund-raiser was held at the Lebanon Municipal Airport. Guests enjoyed dinner from Tom's Blue Moon Barbecue before listening to talented songwriters share their stories and music on the stage.
Cumberland University President Dr. Paul Stumb offered some opening remarks and thanked sponsors before introducing event chairwoman, Beth McCall.
"I would be remiss if I didn't thank Beth McCall for her tireless efforts in planning and being committee chair for this event," he said.
He also noted that Congressman Diane Black, a former nurse, was in attendance at the event. "They have to leave at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning to go to New York, so we are appreciative of her being here."
McCall announced that this was her final year to head the committee. "I wasn't sure they were going to believe me, but somebody else can do other, great things," she said, before recognizing committee members who made the night possible.
"About four years ago when this was created, we wanted to network with the community to raise money," McCall said. "We wanted to create scholarships and purchase simulation equipment. We actually raised about $200,000 - and have been great stewards of the money and turned around and spent it on good stuff."
McCall pointed out they purchased two mannequins for Rudy School of Nursing students to interact with in their studies and have awarded scholarships. This year they presented two $3,000 scholarships to deserving students with a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
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