In the wake of the devastating tornados that hit the Nashville area and other parts of Tennessee on March 3, 2020, Butch Spyridon, president and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, released a statement and is suggesting ways to help provide relief for those affected.
"Thank you to everyone who has reached out following the devastating tornadoes that hit our city and state. Our hearts go out to all who have been affected. We are staying in close touch with the Mayor's Office, our partners in the hospitality industry and other city and community leaders. For those who have asked, we are accepting donations through our Music City Inc. Foundation, and those funds will be immediately distributed directly to families significantly impacted. The NCVC has made an initial donation of $10,000 to start the fund. We have already heard from hospitality industry partners with employees who have lost homes, and we are in contact with Metro Council districts with the most damage to assist with their needs. We are grateful that even with all the devastation, the majority of the city and the downtown entertainment district was spared. As we support those in need and focus on their immediate concerns, we are encouraged that Nashville's music will keep playing. The Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and others are open, and many will be collecting donations from audience members. Our industry has come together to focus on helping our neighbors while also serving our visitors."
—Butch Spyridon, president and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
For more information on how to help through donating funds or items or to volunteer, see Nashville Music City.
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