Benches painted by local artists, Franklin businesses to be sites for community benches

 FRANKLIN, Tenn., (June 21, 2019) – Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee will release four painted community benches as a part of their Summer of Wishes program in Franklin on Friday, June 21. These benches celebrate four of the wishes that have been granted to kids in Williamson county, while also bringing awareness to the children in the county that are currently waiting on their wish. The benches are sponsored by Aon, The Lee Company, The Pilgrimage Festival, and The Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Sponsors worked with local artists Amy Wilson-Reilly of Paint Plus Canvas, Lynn Fritz of Dabble Studio, and Kayla Stark to create a unique vision for each bench. The benches are located throughout Franklin at Frothy Monkey, Franklin Mercantile Deli, Landmark Booksellers, and The Visitors Center.

Currently, there are seven kids waiting for their wish in Williamson County. Wish kids are your friends, relatives, and neighbors. The purpose of the Summer of Wishes program is to highlight the lasting impact of a wish, while uniting and educating the community about the power of a wish. Visitors and locals are encouraged to find the Summer of Wishes benches and tag pictures with the hashtag #summerofwishes. Prizes and activations will be occurring at the benches throughout the summer until they are removed following Labor Day.

More information about the Summer of Wishes program is available online at




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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