Rocketown Fundraiser

On Tuesday September 20, I had the ultimate pleasure of escorting my sister, Ms. ReGina Newkirk, who is the new Executive Director of the non-profit organization, Rocketown. Rocketown is designed for teenagers in the Nashville Metropolitan area to have an alternative place to go where they can feel safe and be themselves and participate in activities such as skateboarding and concert activities in a Christian environment. This non-profit organization is owned by well known Christian singer and songwriter Mr. Michael W. Smith. I had the opportunity and the pleasure to meet with him during the course of the fundraiser. Tony Dungy, the first African American head coach to win a Super Bowl and former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, was the guest speaker. Tony Dungy was introduced by Jeff Fisher the head coach of the Tennessee Titans at the fundraising luncheon. Interestingly enough, during his opening presentation he removed his shirt and tie to reveal a jersey of Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts. The media went in the wrong direction with the purpose of his gesture. He did it in honor of Coach Dungy and all of his great accomplishments. I walked around with Coach Dungy and heard the press conference. He was interviewing the students about Rocketown and their experiences. He even was bold enough to interject himself into a game of dodgeball with them. He truly is a man with integrity, class and character. Everything positive that has been said about him in the media couldn’t be more true. I also got the chance to meet Chris Sanders and Freddie Scott both former Tenessee Titans football players. Hearing their remarks as for what Tony Dungy meant to them was very empowering and profound. The fundraiser was a wonderful and the opportunity to network and to meet with Coach Tony Dungy, Michael W. Smith, Chris Sanders and all the other like of people that were participating in the fundraiser event was incredible. And I give much kudos to my sister ReGina for doing a magnificent job and making sure everything came together and that the event was an absolute success.

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