The Historic Franklin Theatre in Downtown Franklin will set the stage for the 2nd Annual A Season of High Hopes  on Tuesday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Rodeo & Juliet, People on the Porch, a children’s choir, and Nan Gurley benefiting the children and families of local non-profit High Hopes Development Center.

This holiday favorite has quickly become a must-do Franklin tradition that not only promises a delightful evening for its guests but also spotlights High Hopes’ “Help Hope Grow” Capital Campaign for its building expansion so more children and families in the Middle Tennessee community can access the vital, life-changing services High Hopes provides. All proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales will go directly toward this building expansion and will be matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous charitable foundation.

For over 40 years, Rodeo & Juliet, also known as locals Chris and Jan Harris, have been producing, writing, and singing for a vast array of artists, including Loretta Lynn, Amy Grant, Kristin Chenoweth, Dolly Parton, Michael W. Smith, and CeCe Winans. People on the Porch will share rapid acoustic rhythms similar to their performance recently at Pilgrimage Festival. Esteemed Nashville actress, Nan Gurley, who was awarded Best Actress Tennie Awards by The Tennessean, is a two-time Dove Award winning songwriter, and has most recently starred in Studio Tenn productions will also join the talent list for the evening.

This charity event is made possible by the generosity of Presenting Sponsor Capital Wealth Advisors, Star Sponsors Jackson National and Pinnacle Financial Partners, Santa’s Helper Sponsor Calving Lehew Company, and Caroler Sponsors Doug & Monna Mayhall, Williamson Medical Center, Harpeth True Value, and Premise Health. Tickets are $50 per person and are available for purchase at the Franklin Theatre Box Office, by calling 615-538-2076 or online at

High Hopes Development Center is a 33-year old non-profit organization that loves, nurtures, and educates children with two integrated programs helping each child reach their maximum potential. Children ages 6 weeks to Pre-K, with and without special needs, are educated together in inclusive preschool classrooms by a team of experienced teachers supporting the individual needs of each child. High Hopes also offers an on-site pediatric therapy clinic, allowing children with special needs to receive their needed therapy services during the preschool day. High Hopes is truly unique in the way that children with and without special needs such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and various developmental delays play, learn, and grow together every day. The outpatient pediatric therapy clinic provides occupational, speech, physical and feeding therapies to children from birth to 21 years. High Hopes gives children of all intellectual, physical and mental abilities the opportunity to learn and grow together in an environment that provides a strong foundation for future academic and social success. The mission of High Hopes Development Center is to equip children, youth, and their families with the skills necessary to achieve success through education, therapeutic services, and loving support. For more information, visit