Christmas 4 Kids–Helping Make Dreams Come True
The dreams of 400 children came true the evening of November 20, 2017 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium when the Nashville community gathered for the annual Christmas 4 Kids benefit concert to honor children and celebrate Christmas. Funds raised that evening helped go toward the annual shopping spree for the kids which took place on December 12.
Christmas 4 Kids has celebrated children every year for the past 35 years. Nashvillians, specifically in the music community, shop alongside children in need each holiday season. The Gretsch Foundation has partnered with Christmas 4 Kids for seven of those impactful years. This seven-year sponsorship has allowed Gretsch to participate in sharing Christmas with children in need alongside local businesses, members of the music community, and artists.
The family members of the late Paul Yandell, a Certified Guitar Player*, are among the supporters of Christmas 4 Kids. The Yandells are members of the Gretsch music family. The Gretsches had the opportunity to serve alongside the Yandells once again this year.
“Christmas 4 Kids has served Nashville for so many years,” said Fred Gretsch. “Marie Yandell and her family have been long-time volunteers and supporters.”
Performing at this year’s Christmas 4 Kids concert were Hunter Hayes, Brett Young, John Berry, Lindsay Eli, and Halfway to Hazard. Each artist used a Gretsch drumset, filling the historic Ryman Auditorium with “That Great Gretsch Sound,” which sounded even better when played for such a meaningful cause.
Fred Gretsch attended the event following the Gretsch Country Thanksgiving at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Monday was filled with community and fellowship that centered around charity and gratitude. At the end of the evening, The Gretsch Foundation donated and auctioned off a Gretsch Guitar.
It is this medley of music, fellowship, and charity about which Dinah and Fred Gretsch are so passionate.
“We are pleased to join the Yandell family and the Nashville music community in the wonderful work they do for children at Christmas,” said Fred.
— Cheyenne Gavin
(Gretsch Guest Blogger)
* Only five guitar players in the world were given the coveted title of CGP, a title that was coined by the late great Chet Atkins to describe an artist who personified the ultimate in performance skill and musical quality. Paul Yandell received the fifth and final Chet Atkins CGP Award in 2011, only a few months before he passed away. Chet’s family presented the award to Paul during a ceremony at the Gretsch-sponsored Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
All photos: Richard Suter Photography.