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.