"Canvas for a Cause"
"Canvas for a Cause", which includes one of Louise's photos from Africa, has opened at Gaylord Opryland and will remain open through December 28th. The amount raised from Louise's photo will benefit the Nashville Zoo.
Included with the canvas is:
2 night stay at the Inn at Fontanel (2 people)
2 tickets for dinner at Café Fontanella
2 tickets to Fontanel Mansion
2 tickets to the Nashville Zoo
A personal phone call from Louise thanking you for your generous support
To place a bid online please visit www.OprylandCanvasForACause.com
Louise to receive SGMA James D. Vaughan Impact Award
When Louise Mandrell started in the entertainment business, she had gospel in mind.
“I went to my dad and said, ‘I want to sing Southern gospel music,’” she said on the phone from Nashville, where she lives. “He said, ‘Let me talk to people in Southern gospel and see what they can do to help.’”
They asked why she wanted to sing gospel. “Because I’m a Christian, and I love the Lord, and that’s the music I want to do,” she recalled saying.
They had another idea. “They said, ‘Your family has a name in country music,’” Mandrell said. “‘Why not put gospel music in your show, and take gospel to people who wouldn’t hear it otherwise?’”
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, Mandrell will be at Dollywood to accept the James D. Vaughan Impact Award from the Southern Gospel Music Association, whose hall of fame and museum are at the park. The 11 a.m. ceremony will take place on a stage outside the Chasing Rainbows museum and is open to park visitors.
Past recipients of the award include gospel stalwarts like Bill Gaither and James Blackwood, as well as country stars Dolly Parton, the Oak Ridge Boys, the Statler Brothers and Mandrell’s sister Barbara.
At 3 p.m., Louise will perform at the association’s hall of fame induction ceremony and Singing News Fan Awards. That event is ticketed and takes place in DP’s Celebrity Theater. For tickets, call the association at 865-908-4040.
“Gospel music touches the heart,” Mandrell said. “I love gospel music, in particular Southern gospel. I wish my daddy was still alive. He would be the only person who understands what this award means to me.”