Friday, January 9, 2009

New Metro Schools director to serve as honorary chairman and leader in Music City Inaugural Ball

Contact Tim Chavez,
Director of Media Relations,
Music City Inaugural Ball

Political Columnist,
Williamson Herald,
Franklin, TN
(615) 512-8209

NASHVILLE -- The new director of the failing Metro Nashville public school system, Dr. Jesse Register, has agreed to serve as honorary chairman and a leader behind the effort to organize the Music City Inaugural Charity Ball and community-wide efforts that will emanate from this historical gathering.

"We are very excited about the participation and leadership that will be provided by Dr. Register and his beautiful wife," said the Rev. Enoch Fuzz, co-chair of the non-partisan, multi-racial event along with Sharon White-Skaggs.

"Both are deeply passionate and educated people committed to turning around the lives of children and their families falling behind. In fact, he as director of Chattanooga Schools has closed the achievement gap in Hamilton County(TN) Schools. His participation and that of his wife in our effort is deeply humbling and exciting."

Dr. Register begins in his job Jan. 15. The inaugural ball is from 7-10:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville. Organizers hope that more than 1,000 people will be at the event. An additional ballroom has been secured for the growing size of the crowd from ongoing tickets sales.

Attendees will have the opportunity to wish Dr. Register and his wife well in their efforts for our children and offer support beyond mere words.

"Education is where hope begins," said Rev. Fuzz, whose congregation is in North Nashville.

"A bad education is where the nightmare begins for families and their children, ending up in the wide-awake reality of prison, on drugs, in crime and too often on Death Row.

"A good education is most important, not only in stopping the creation of more offenders but in protecting their potential victims -- you and me. And a good education provides the employees that Nashville businesses need and reinvigorates the American Dream for all of us."

How can you get tickets to meet the Registers and support public education in Nashville?

Go to to order electronically. You'll get the ticket at the door.

For folks who prefer the phone, call the the Rev. Jackie Baugh at (615) 569-3010. You can write a check and pick up tickets from her or she will bring the tickets to you.

Make your check out to: The New Hope Foundation.

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