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Hitting all the right 'Notes'

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Stephanie Urbina Jones brings her bi-cultural sound of the Latin heritage blended with country music.
Jess Leary performs as Brennin Hunt looks on. Among Leary's song writing credits are Tim Mcgraw's "Where the green grass grows" and Pam Tillis' "Mi Vida Loca".
Cumberland University nursing students Courtney Overbey and Ashley Hobbs, right, watch as A.J. Donadio, CU assistant professor of nursing, changes the eye pupils on the Sim Man. The full-body adult simulator teaches breathing and cardiac management skills to students. According to Donadio, students can be challenged with a number of real-life senarios in a teaching enviroment. The simulator, on loan from Laerdal for the event, would be a great addition to the CU program, Donadio added.
Notes for Nurses patrons crowd around tables of silent auction items as bidding comes to a close. DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

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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