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Phil Vassar to Headline Stars for Wishes 2019


January 03, 2019


Brentwood, TN





Studio Tenn Ensemble to Perform Musical Numbers, Menu Created by Chef Tony Galzin

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., (January 3, 2019) – Country singer-songwriter Phil Vassar will headline Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee’s seventh annual Stars for Wishes gala. Cast members from Studio Tenn’s production of Beauty and the Beast will perform excerpts from the show. The fundraiser, emceed by local wish kids, will take place on Saturday, January 19, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, in Nashville.  The evening will include a menu created by Chef Tony Galzin, of Nicky’s Coal Fired. The event begins with a cocktail reception at 6:00 PM.

“We see every day that wishes have a life-affirming, life-changing impact on wish kids and their families. And, right now, more than 150 local children with critical illnesses are waiting for their own life-changing wishes,” said Beth Torres, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. “Wishes give children renewed energy and strength and bring families closer together. That is why the support of Phil Vassar, Studio Tenn, Chef Galzin and our presenting sponsor, Crowe, is so important and meaningful. We are grateful for their time, talents and contributions. We cannot wait for Stars for Wishes 2019.”

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

Phil Vassar is one of a handful of musicians to have multiple hits as a songwriter and as an artist. Known for his own songs—including “Just Another Day in Paradise,” “Carlene” and “American Child”—Vassar has also written songs for Tim McGraw (“My Next Thirty Years,” Alan Jackson (“Right on the Money”) and Jo Dee Messina (“I’m All Right”).

This year, Vassar is celebrating 20 years of hits with a new tour, a new album and the national launch of his TV show Songs from the Cellar on PBS.

Studio Tenn is a professional regional theatre company and a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Franklin, Tennessee. Its programming centers around innovative, custom-designed presentations of classic plays and musicals as well as an original “Legacy” series of theatrical concerts celebrating the work of time-honored musicians. The next Studio Tenn production, Always... Patsy Cline begins February 8.

Chef Tony Galzin and his wife Caroline, of Nicky’s Coal Fired, have played an important role in Nashville’s food scene since opening Fifty First Kitchen & Bar in 2013 and, in 2016, Nicky’ Coal Fired, a neighborhood restaurant focusing on seasonal Italian antipasti, pasta and pizzas fired in Tennessee’s only coal burning oven. Galzin’s versatility between pastry and savory began at three of Chicago’s fine dining restaurants: Naha, Perennial and Michael Kornick’s mk. Previous Stars for Wishes chefs include Greg Biggers, Matt Bolus, Tyler Brown, Hal Holden-Bache, Emeril Lagasse and Tandy Wilson.  

Stars for Wishes 2019 is generously presented by Crowe. Additional support provided by Thomas and Amanda Beck, Experient, Flight Solutions, HCA TriStar, Hemphill Brothers Coach Company, Jeff Lynch of Summit Financial, Prevost and RPR Insurance.


About Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee: 

Together with its community of support, Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee grants wishes in 38 counties and has granted nearly 1,700 wishes since its founding in 2000. Nationally, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 34 minutes and has granted more than 300,000 wishes in the United States since its inception in 1980.  For more information about Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, visit

Press Contact

Beth Torres
President & CEO
600 Hill Avenue Suite 201
Nashville, TN  37210

Phone : (615) 221-2200 x4058
Fax : (615) 221-2233

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Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee
600 Hill Avenue
Suite 201
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 221-2200