On April 1, more than 250 Thistle Farmers gathered to honor our past, celebrate our present, and dream about our future. The celebratory gala was held in Nashville with Brad and Kimberly Paisley as honorary chairs.
“The greatest joy of my life has been a hawkeye view of this communal vision. For decades we have talked about lighting up the world with humble, peaceful candles. I am grateful to know that violence and trauma can’t snuff that flame. We still have far to go. Our future is to continue to welcome the stranger, build new partnerships, and strengthen our networks to be a place of hospitality and healing.” said Thistle Farms Founder and President Becca Stevens.
The evening was full of stories and celebration, with special musical performances by:
- Marcus Hummon & Levi Hummon
- Tommy Prine
- Tamica Nicole
- Dave Ragland
The event was coordinated by Amos Gott with catering by Flavor, and special support from our presenting sponsor, Amazon and additional support from Genesco, HCA, and FSI.
Three hundred candles glowed around the room - each one representing a woman served by Thistle Farms over the last 25 years. Like a beacon, they light the way for more women to cross the threshold to Thistle Farms in the coming years. With our community’s support, we stand ready to great our new heroes.
“Hope at Thistle Farms calls us to stand up when others sit down, take chances when the world whispers ‘play it safe’, universally believe that we all deserve something better, and then work like hell to get there. Hope doesn’t make problems go away but rather leads us to get past one challenge, celebrate a win, and move onto the next one. While on any given day those problems seem so much bigger than any of us, they are never bigger than all of us.” shared Thistle Farms CEO, Hal Cato.
An old Irish proverb states, “It is in the shelter of one other that the people live.”
On behalf of the community of Thistle Farms, thank you for being our shelter. We could not be more grateful for where we stand today or excited about the hopeful future that calls all of us forward to our next compelling chapter.