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Richard Marx to Headline Stars for Wishes 2017


December 08, 2016


Brentwood, TN

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Radio Personality Blair Garner to Host, Menu Created by Chef Matt Bolus

Stars for Wishes

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., (December 8, 2016) – Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Richard Marx will headline Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee’s fifth annual Stars for Wishes gala. The fundraiser, emceed by radio personality, Blair Garner, will take place on Saturday, January 14 at Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville.  The evening will include a menu created by Chef Matt Bolus, executive chef of Nashville’s The 404 Kitchen.

“Four years of Stars for Wishes galas have given us so many memorable moments—delicious menus from James Beard Award-winning chefs Emeril Lagasse and Tandy Wilson; Nashville-worthy musical performances from Jonathan Cain, Ronnie Dunn, Hunter Hayes, the Oak Ridge Boys, Kellie Pickler and Drake White & the Big Fire; moving stories from local wish kids—and enough money raised to grant almost 100 wishes in Middle Tennessee,” said Beth Torres, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. “We know Richard, Blair and Chef Bolus will help us continue in that tradition with our fifth Stars for Wishes gala.”

Stars for Wishes sponsorship information is available here. Tickets are on sale now.

Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had innumerable highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut which went to #8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping “Hold on to the Nights,” and “Don’t Mean Nothing” which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. The follow-up, 1989’s Repeat Offender, hit #1 and went quadruple-platinum with two #1 singles in “Satisfied” and “Right Here Waiting.” He also found success as a songwriter and producer, with songs such as NSYNC’s smash, “This I Promise You” and Luther Vandross’ “Dance with My Father,” for which he won the 2004 Song of the Year Grammy. Across all formats, Marx has scored an amazing total of 14 #1 singles. He holds the honor of being one of a handful of artists who have had a number one hit in each of the past four decades. In addition to supporting Make-A-Wish, Marx’s philanthropic efforts Toys for Tots, the American Cancer Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Special Olympics.

A radio veteran since age 17, Blair Garner is one of the most recognizable radio personalities in North America.   After climbing the ranks through local radio stations, he soon made his way to legendary stations in Washington, D.C., New York City, Houston and Los Angeles. In the early 1990’s, Garner found an untapped niche—late-night radio. He found that the demand for third-shift disc jockeys was high across the country and set out to fix that problem with the nationally syndicated After MidNite. In 2013 after 20 years with After MidNite,  Blair decided to take on morning radio and began hosting America’s Morning Show with Blair Garner.  Earlier this year, Garner returned to the overnight shift that catapulted him to the national stage with The Blair Garner Show. He has been named the Academy of Country Music’s “National Radio Personality of the Year” three times and is a member of both the National Radio Hall of Fame and the Country Radio Hall of Fame.

After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor of science in business administration, Chef Matt Bolus chose instead to pursue his love of cooking. Bolus attended Le Cordon Bleu in London where he earned both the Diplôme de Cuisine as well as the Diplôme de Pâtisserie, and he received the Grand Diplôme in 2003. He has extensive experience working in kitchens overseas and was among the featured sous chefs on the TV show Iron Chef America. After stints at local favorites Flyte and Watermark, Bolus now serves as the executive chef of The 404 Kitchen in Nashville. Bolus counts as his greatest professional success the restaurant’s 2014 James Beard nomination for Best New Restaurant.

About Make-A-Wish®:  Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. With the help of generous donors and nearly 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 35 minutes and has granted more than 270,000 wishes in the United States since inception in 1980; 14,800 in 2015 alone. Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee grants wishes in 38 counties and was the winner of the prestigious 2015 Infinite Wish Award. For more information about Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.


Media Contact:

Emily Gray
Communications Manager


Sponsorship Contact:

Beth Torres

Press Contact

Beth Torres
President & CEO
8119 Isabella Lane Suite 105 A
Brentwood, TN  37027

Phone : (615) 221-2200 x110
Fax : (615) 221-2233

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Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee
8119 Isabella Lane
Suite 105 A
Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 221-2200
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