Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”
More than 4,000 men, women, and children now are homeless in Nashville—a significant increase since The Great Recession began. To make sure these human beings have the food, shelter, and love they need, please donate to the Nashville Rescue Mission by calling (615) 255-2475 or by visiting Nashvillerescuemission.org. Thank you.
Help make a dream come true for Special Olympics athletes
By Dave Carew
Last night I received a fundraising letter from Alan Bolick, Executive Director of Special Olympics Tennessee, announcing the 2010 Summer Games to be held May 21-22 at Vanderbilt University. To cover the expenses of the event, the organization is hoping to raise $81,500.
If you’ve ever known mentally-challenged people, you know they can be some of the sweetest, gentlest people God ever created. Each year, thousands of them build confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of fair-play through their participation in Special Olympics.
To support this wonderful cause—and the upcoming Summer Games at Vanderbilt at which 1,000 special athletes are expected to participate—please send your tax-deductible contribution of $25, or whatever you can afford, payable to Special Olympics / PO BOX 292549 / Nashville, Tennessee 37229.
David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.