dGC’s 2021 Leads Into a Fabulous Start to 2022

We’re proud of all our work, the challenges, successes and ongoing strategies, which includes opportunities where we’ve aided Renewal House with serving pregnant women, mothers and their children. We assisted KCI Technologies, AECOM (MNAA),Gresham Smith (GSP), WSP along with Smith Gee Studios and WeGo Public Transit with strategic communications and community engagement. We also celebrated the diversity of Music City’s brand, the rich history of the Jefferson Street corridor as well as the community through the Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival. We helped a leading executive with her brand while preparing the next generation of leaders, produced countless community conversations educating the general community and celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community, along with crafting messaging to push for extra HIV testing.

Additionally, we introduced Smashin Crab’s inaugural music festival and this past Spring, we jumped on board to help The Trap Music Museum plant roots in a city rich in music history and hopped on stage (not really) to help a faith-leader increase covid awareness and education with an outdoor Easter service. We’ve helped clients make adjustments during an ongoing pandemic, including in response to changing travel needs in the wake of COVID-19, Getaway Society helped Americans looking to stay closer to home, escape with friends and family members, and protect themselves while traveling. The business owners are also working to close the wealth gap through their private equity firm, East Chop Capital.

We’ve done all of this and countless other projects while highlighting amazing work in the community. All year we’ve celebrated those who make our community better. Sometimes people tend to focus on the bad and forget the good, but duGood Work highlights the good we see in humanity every day!

And because of all of these projects, amazing clients and team, we were able to celebrate our 8th year in business at our The Beat Won’t Stop: Gratitude Celebration event, earlier this year. View pictures here: event pictures (on Facebook) here or read about the people who shaped us and fueled dGC.

Watson Grove Baptist Church Hosts Metro Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

By: Emma Vondra

To work with a community of good people doing good work like Watson Grove is what our dGC team gets excited about. To lead by example is to believe and act out the values that one promotes. Watson Grove names that their goal as a Church is to serve God’s people on the ground in South Nashville. The Church community lived this out beautifully  in the month of April when they hosted a COVD-19 vaccine clinic for the Nashville community. 

When large groups of people begin to gather together, we have learned in the past couple years it is important to have a plan on how to keep everyone attending safe. The event was prepared for this as prior to the start of the event, attendees were asked to sign up on a virtual platform to create organization at the site. 

To stay in the loop with what the Watson Grove Baptist Church family is doing, head to their website at https://www.thegrovenash.org

Smashin Crab After Dark

Smashin Crab After Dark

Smashin Crab After Dark

By: Emma Vondra

The homecoming game between Tennessee State University (TSU) and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) brought some excitement beyond the field this year. Smashin’ Crab Hendersonville hosted a homecoming kickoff event with national recording artist and TSU alum Joe Johnson and Friends. A portion of proceeds from Smashin Crab After Dark was donated in support of the TSU Foundation. This fun-filled event played host to live music, a DJ, and Homecoming kickoff activities.

The duGard Communications team was able to assist Smashin’ Crab in preparation for the celebratory event through lineup creation, promotion through media outlets, day-of planning, and more! To be able to watch the two collegiate communities come together to both celebrate and help a phenomenal cause was an experience that dGC will never forget. 

Escape the Trap Participates in Creative Girls Rock’s Back-to-School Event

By: Emma Vondra

The back-to-school season was fun-filled this past August all thanks to Creative Girls Rock and Trap Music Museum’s Escape the Trap who came together to distribute donated backpacks and school supplies to local families in Middle Tennessee. At a total of nine locations, the event was created in partnership with the Youth Services Division of the Metro Nashville Police Department, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, and Girls Inc. of YWCA of Middle Tennessee.

Volunteers came from all over to help distribute 3,500 backpacks filled with supplies, including pencils, composition books, crayons, folders, glue sticks, rulers, USB drives, and earphones. 

Escape the Trap Nashville knew that they wanted to immerse themselves in the Nashville community after being the new kids on the block in the summer of 2021. James Miller, SVP of Marketing for Escape the Trap Nashville stated that “Starting the school year off on a positive note is important to ensure that children from any community have the right resources to succeed.” 

“Escape the Trap” Escape Room offers participants a unique blend of the escape room game experience, along with Trap music history and culture. During the hands-on experience, visitors interact with a series of rooms highlighting Trap Culture. To book a spot at Nashville’s new favorite spot go to https://escapethetrap.com

The Grove Hosts YMCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee’s AMEND Together Ambassadors

By: Emma Vondra

Covering the hard topics to promote positive change is not always the easy route, but The Grove took steps this October to make the Nashville community a more positive and safer place for all. October serves every year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this year The Grove and YMCA Nashville banded together to promote the month’s message. On October 3, individuals from the AMEND team spoke on stage with Rev. Dr. John Faison and were available after the service to spread the positive national initiative. 

AMEND Together is a group through the YMCA whose primary goal is to stop violence targeted at women and girls by educating men and boys about the culture that supports violent acts. In the community, AMEND teams up with Metro Nashville Public Schools to create AMEND clubs for boys to immerse themselves into a safe environment to talk about healthy masculinity and gender-based violence.

Rev. Dr. John Faison explained that they were “proud to invite AMEND Together to The Grove to promote the importance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to help our community work together to encourage healthy masculinity and respect, support strong families, and share information on how to prevent and report domestic violence.”

It is with work like this through individuals, groups, and organizations that change can be seen in a community.

Street Works Hosts Faith, Frappuccinos and Conversation

Street Works Hosts Faith, Frappuccinos and Conversation

Street Works Hosts Faith, Frappuccinos and Conversation

By: Emma Vondra

Throughout 2021 Street Works worked creatively to connect with the community that they serve. Their conversation panels were a staple for the organization and their messages were able to touch people all over the state of Tennessee. 

In August, the topic was Faith, Frappuccinos and Conversation: A Faith-Based Initiative to End the Stigma. This virtual panel was hosted around National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which takes place annually in the month of August. 

This live discussion engaged the faith community to work together in support of HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and treatment, and to reduce and eliminate the stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV/AIDS. On top of that, community members who attended were able to share their thoughts, experiences and ask questions. 

The duGard Communications team was able to help plan and promote this event in the weeks leading up to it and were also able to attend the event live to push content through on social media accounts. 

Street Works Hosts Cafe con Leche y Conversación

Street Works Hosts Cafe con Leche y Conversación

Street Works Cafe con Leche y Conversación

By: Emma Vondra

Street Works has been doing a phenomenal job reaching out to the community they serve through their Coffee and Conversation series. In October, the theme of the event was Café con Leche y Conversación, a highlight on National LatinX AIDS Awareness Day. With National LatinX AIDS Awareness Day being observed annually on October 15, the goal is  to increase awareness of the impact of HIV on the Hispanic/Latino population in the United States.

This event featured a live virtual panel discussion that was moderated by the Street Works Medical Case Manager Claudia Lee. The other individuals who helped lead the conversation were Cesar Jair Sanchez Miller, the LatinX Outreach Specialist at Street Works, and Ramon Cisneros, Publisher, La Campana and CEO, Millennium Marketing

duGard Communications was instrumental in planning the logistics and marketing of this conversation series. On top of that, team members were able to join the live virtual event and take part in the very important topic of conversation. 

Street Works is the epitome of “doing good work,” so to see all of the positive impacts they are making, head over to their website at http://streetworks.org

Street Works and First Baptist Capitol Hill ‘COVID-19, Condoms & Conversation’

Street Works and First Baptist Capitol Hill ‘COVID-19, Condoms & Conversation’

Street Works and First Baptist Capitol Hill ‘COVID-19, Condoms & Conversation’

By: Emma Vondra

Street Works, a free, confidential HIV testing and supportive services to persons living with HIV/AIDS in the Nashville/Middle Tennessee area, teamed up with First Baptist Capitol Hill in February of this year to launch the beginning of their conversation series. This first event was titled ‘COVID-19, Condoms & Conversation.’ 

The conversation panel featured industry leaders Dr. Beverly Brown, Minority AIDS Outreach and Dr. Phillis Isabella Sheppard, Vanderbilt Divinity School. Throughout this virtual community event, individuals were able to touch on the impact of COVID-19 on individuals and families impacted by HIV/AIDS and the disproportionate toll on communities of color in Tennessee and throughout the U.S. 

It is through community-based events like these that Street Works is able to make such a definitive impact on the Tennessee community. Touching on topics that need to be spoken about isn’t an easy feat, but it is how change is accomplished. 

Renewal House Virtual Thanksgiving Luncheon

By: Emma Vondra

Renewal House, the only provider of a long-term substance use disorder treatment program for women and their children in Middle Tennessee,  kicked off this year’s holiday season by hosting an event to thank the community that has helped them flourish. 

On Nov. 9, to celebrate all of the developments that 2021 brought them, including the start of a large expansion project, the nonprofit welcomed the community to a virtual luncheon that featured Renewal House alumni sharing their heartfelt stories, as well as a big announcement on the Renewal House expansion project. 

Renewal House CEO Pamela Sessions recognized the large need to extend a thank you to the Middle Tennessee community, stating “Autumn is a time to give thanks for our families and loved ones and we are grateful for the support and investments Renewal House receives each year.” 

The dGC team loves being able to work with Renewal House to build a community for women and families in need in the Middle Tennessee area. To learn more about all that this organization does, check out their website https://www.renewalhouse.org.

Renewal House Beam Raising

By: Emma Vondra

The month of May was pivotal for Renewal House Nashville as it took all they do for the community to new heights. Renewal House is a long-term substance use disorder treatment program for pregnant women, mothers, and their children in Middle Tennessee. Renewal House serves more than 500 women and children a year through all of its programs combined. The nonprofit helps women gain the skills to remain sober, give their children nurturing care, improve their physical and mental health, and secure employment.

In celebration of 25 years in operation, they hosted a beam raising ceremony to mark the start of their new expansion. This building is a 35,000 square foot facility with 34 apartments and will double the capacity of services to women and their children. 

From organizing rentals, script writing, and event logistics, the dGC team was able to play a pinnacle role in the event and be on site at this groundbreaking ceremony to help Renewal House make history. 

To learn more about all of the amazing things that Renewal House is doing for Middle Tennessee community head to their website at https://www.renewalhouse.org