Darryl Worley’s 14th Annual Tennessee River Run

July 9th, 2015

Darryl Worley to host Tennessee River Run events summer through fall

Finding new ways to have family fun with musical concerts and more, country music entertainer Darryl Worley continues to help Hardin countians and sick children in need through the Darryl Worley Foundation by hosting a myriad of Tennessee River Run (TRR) events.  This year’s TRR events will be spread out across the calendar, starting in July and ending in October, with the city of Savannah coordinating the downtown concert in October.  “There is new energy going into the planning of all the Tennessee River Run events this year,” said C. Seth Sumner, Savannah assistant city manager. “We hope to provide quality entertainment at reasonable prices so families will come out and help raise money for this great cause.”  The events of Oct. 2-4 will wrap up the TRR with a busy schedule in downtown Savannah.

On Friday, Oct. 2, starting at 6 p.m., Darryl Worley and Friends will perform a Songwriters in the Round Gala on the lawn of the historic home (White Pillars) of Savannah Mayor and Mrs. Bob Shutt. The evening will feature songwriters Worley and others who will perform their hits and share the stories behind them.  Saturday, Oct. 3, will feature an afternoon and night filled with musical concerts on Main Street in Savannah, with the roads closed to traffic for the street activities.  “We want to have the day be open and free as much as possible with kids’ games available outside the gated area starting at noon on Saturday,” said Sumner. “We hope families will come out and enjoy the free games.”  There is a cost for those attending the concerts which begin at 3 p.m. and last into the night. Children 12 and under can attend for free.  Worley will open the afternoon with a special set of songs at 3 p.m.  “It’s a community event, with the money helping so many in Hardin County,” said Sumner.  This year there will be two stages downtown, side by side.  “Local, regional bands will play on the smaller stage and well-known names will play on the main stage,” said Sumner.  Sumner said the city of Savannah is currently in the process of signing contracts with three American country musicians to perform on Saturday; the names will be published at a later date.  “The city will provide shuttles from parking areas to Main Street, making things more convenient,” Sumner said.

On Sunday, Oct. 4, starting at 1 p.m., a gospel concert will be held at Tennessee Street Park in Savannah, with artists still to be determined.

A variety of other TRR events will be held and the public is invited to try to get out to as many of them as possible.

On Tuesday, July 21, Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters in the Round will be held at Murfreesboro Bumpus Harley-Davidson, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

On Tuesday, July 28, Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters in the Round will be held at Jackson Bumpus Harley-Davidson, Jackson, Tennessee.

Saturday, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m., will be a Boat Poker Run at Pickwick Landing State Park. Later that day, starting at 2 p.m., Darryl Worley will perform a “Concert on the Water,” which can be heard from boats on Pickwick Lake. An after party will be held at Freddy-T’s in Pickwick, starting at 5:30 p.m.

On Friday, Sept. 25, at 9 a.m., a golf tournament will be held at Shiloh Golf Course.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, at 5 a.m., a bass tournament will be held at Pickwick Landing State Park. Later the same day, at 8 a.m., there will be a 5K Run at Pickwick Landing State Park.

In discussing the Tennessee River Run, Worley said, “We’ve continued to bring in great entertainment and hold a variety of events for people all around my home town. We have worked to refine it in ways that bring in even more for the charity, which is the bottom line.”

More information is available at www.darrylworleyfoundation.org, and updates on all events can be found at www.facebook.com/TennesseeRiverRun, www.darrylworley.com and www.tnriverrun.org. Proceeds from the Tennessee River Run fund the Darryl Worley Foundation. The foundation, a 501c3 public benefit corporation, has existed since 2002 to serve people in the Mid-South — directly helping individuals in need and serving others through nonprofits, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center and Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center.

Linda Edwards
The Courier


July 9th, 2015

Tuesday, July 21st

Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters in the Round

Murfreesboro Bumpus Harley-Davidson

Tuesday, July 28th

Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters in the Round

Jackson Bumpus Harley-Davidson


Saturday, August 15th

10:00 am – Boat Poker Run at Pickwick Landing State Park

1:00 pm- 6:00 pm – Concert on the Water on Pickwick Lake

5:30 pm – After-party at Freddy T’s


Friday, September 25th

9:00 am – Golf Tournament at Shiloh Golf Course

Saturday, September 26th


5:00 am – Bass Tournament at Pickwick Landing State Park

8:00 am – 5K Run at Pickwick Landing State Park


Friday, October 2nd

6:00 p.m. – Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters in the Round Gala

Home of Mayor and Mrs. Bob Shutt

Saturday, October 3rd

10:00 am – Motorcycle Poker Run at Pickwick Landing State Park

12:00 pm – Gates open in Downtown Savannah

2:00 pm – Concert Starts


Sunday, October 4th


1:00 – Concert in Tennessee Park

See www.tnriverun.org for more info!

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June 16th, 2014

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Worley Helps Brothers Battle Autism and Seizures

May 3rd, 2012

Two brothers have received help from the Darryl Worley Foundation in their battle against autism and seizures. Seven-year-old Wyatt Garrett and five-year-old Wayden Garrett recently met the singer/songwriter to thank him in person for the gift that helped them receive treatments at the Tennessee Hyperbaric Center in Jackson.

After meeting the family, Worley said, “I was blown away by the fact that these parents wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. They just kept pushing until they found something that would help their boys. Their faith and determination are great examples for all of us.”

According to the boys’ mom, Kathy Garrett, Wyatt’s seizures began when he was almost two months old. Wayden has battled seizures, also, and was diagnosed as having autism at age three. That is when he went from talking in sentences to being nonverbal.

The mom of four explained, “We had tried every treatment we could find — utilizing hospitals and testing in several states — but nothing had worked. Then we came across hyperbaric oxygen therapy on the internet.”

Garrett described how she connected with Kristi Hogg, who had sought HBOT treatments for her daughter’s mitochondrial disease before founding Mayci’s Miracle Fund to help those with special needs. Hogg, now the patient liaison at the Tennessee Hyperbaric Center (http://www.hyperbaricoxygentherapies.com), was able to answer the Garretts’ questions about HBOT.

Since insurance does not cover the cost of the treatment, the Garretts immediately began making plans for conducting fundraisers and saving money. They also applied to the Darryl Worley Foundation for assistance. The foundation approved their request and sent a check to Mayci’s Miracle Fund, a West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation fund, to help with expenses for the brothers’ HBOT. (Mayci’s Miracle Fund and The Tennessee Hyperbaric Fund of the West Tennessee Hearing and Speech Center both receive donations to help individuals receive HBOT treatments.)

In discussing the boys’ treatments, Garrett said, “We started to notice changes within the first several days. Wayden said a sentence out of the blue, and Wyatt seemed to be able to concentrate better. After the 20th of 40 treatments, we noticed that Wayden’s speech exploded. He began saying three-word sentences that were clear and meaningful, and later he started making jokes — which was huge!”

She added that soon afterward people began noticing that Wayden was making eye contact and talking to them and that his ability to concentrate was better. Wyatt’s grades improved, and his seizures stopped. She reported that in the few weeks since completing this first round of treatments, both boys have made even more progress.

The Garretts plan to continue HBOT treatments to seek additional improvements. Garrett summarized her feelings by saying, “I feel like we are a family — finally! Wayden has told us all that he loves us, and he was not able to say that before HBOT. We are indebted to those who have helped us with this treatment, especially Darryl Worley and his foundation. His down-to-earth nature and generous spirit have meant the world to us.”

While the Darryl Worley Foundation receives general donations and memorials throughout the year, most of its funding comes from Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run, held each September in Hardin County. This year it is planned for Sept. 13-15. Individuals can stay updated through http://www.darrylworley.com.