Asheville Rotary Presents Nashville Songwriters in the Round on Aug. 24

The Rotary Club of Asheville presents the 2017 Nashville Songwriters in the Round, at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 24 at the Highland Brewing Company Event Center, to benefit the Rotary Tennent Scholarship fund.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for this unique and intimate event and tickets are limited.  

Nashville Songwriters in the Round is an evening of songs you know and love, from the artists who wrote them, with the stories of how these songs were born.

Tickets are on sale at – or email Janet Whitworth at For more information visit

Artists are Chris Gelbuda, Hailey Steele, Patrick Davis and Phillip Lammonds.  

The Tennent scholarship is named for Mr. Buzz Tennent, a past president of the local Asheville club who went on to be president of Rotary International from 1957-58, a remarkable achievement considering Tennent’s small-town roots.

In the spirit of Buzz Tennent’s achievement, the program targets bright students with potential but with limited resources who are working hard to overcome obstacles in order to be successful.  The ideal student candidate is academically-talented but unable to avail him or herself of more traditional academic or sports based scholarships.

The Tennent Scholarship is open to Asheville High School seniors with at least a 3.0 unweighted GPA who rank in the top 20 percent of their class and have a demonstrated financial need.  The selection committee evaluates applicants’ leadership, maturity, responsibility, personal outlook, ability to learn, as well as grades and test scores.  Although the amount of the scholarship varies, the intent is to provide a substantial contribution to the student’s academic resources.  Since 1998 the scholarship has assisted three to five students annually, awarding an average of $7500-10,000 per year in total scholarships.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.