Grand Avenue is well known for its’ community outreach and this month we have really set our rights on making a difference to those less fortunate than ourselves. In addition to a food drive that garnered 66 lbs of food for Second Harvest of Middle TN, Grand Avenue will be donating on toy to Toys for Tots for every Holiday Lights tour booked.
Sometimes, however, it’s amazing to see the difference a kind gesture – both large and small – can make. Yesterday, Grand Avenue sponsored a Make-A-Wish for Wish Kid Brandon, an adorable five-year-old boy who wanted to meet Chris Johnson. The foundation, The Tennessee Titans and Grand Avenue made sure that happened… as well as a whole lot more.
On Saturday, Brandon was picked up by Grand Avenue Chauffeur Valencia for his first ever limousine ride. The limo took him to Baptist Sports Park, the practice facility for the Titans. The day included a big tour of the facility and field, a meet-and-greet with the team, a surprise appearance by Santa and some Christmas caroling by the Titans Rookie squad. Brandon also received a real game-time jersey from his hero, Chris Johnson, which was waiting for him in CJ’s locker in the locker room.
The fun continued on Sunday for the Titans vs. Cardinals game at LP Field. Again, Valencia picked Brandon and his family up in the limousine and dropped them off to the waiting Grand Avenue, Make-A-Wish and Titans marketing teams. For two hours, Brandon hung out on the field and watched both teams warm up in the freezing cold. He met players and alumni, coaches and referees, played catch with Titans’ #21 George Wilson and received a big hug from, yes, Chris Johnson.
The group then went up to the Grand Avenue suite to watch the game. While snacking on chicken fingers and dessert, Brandon sat in complete rapture as the Titans took on the Cardinals. Early in the game, Johnson scored. Asked who was responsible for the touchdown, Brandon replied “my friend.” The adults in the room all sat there, grinning, as the thought of what this day meant to Brandon sunk in.
We were so happy to be able to be a part of this Wish and support the foundation. The Make-A-Wish foundation will help 130 children in the 38 counties of Middle Tennessee this year. Help support this wonderful cause by clicking here.
To watch Fox News 17’s segment on Wish Kid Brandon, click here.
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