Homeless Children in Nashville Become Photojournalists in the Award Winning Program “Pictures of Hope” Sponsored by Chevrolet

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JULY 19, 2013

Homeless Children in Nashville Become Photojournalists in the Award Winning Program “Pictures of Hope” Sponsored by Chevrolet Children from Nashville Rescue Mission to capture their

NASHVILLE, Tennessee—For children who live at Nashville Rescue Mission, a picture is worth just one word: Hope.

On August 19, 2013, award-winning photojournalist and author, Linda Solomon, brings her nationally acclaimed program “Pictures of Hope” to Nashville. At Nashville Rescue Mission, Ms. Solomon will provide a photography lesson and empower these local children (ages 7-12) to capture
photos of hope. Following this photo exercise the children will be surprised with digital cameras from Ms. Solomon and Mr. Jeff Grossman, general manager, Tom Bannen Chevrolet Buick GMC. Immediately following, the children will go on their photo assignment to capture and reveal their hopes and dreams.

“Through photography children share their heartfelt feelings,” expressed Ms. Solomon. “Their hopes and dreams captured in quiet moments tell a story that few adults can imagine. When you show children that you care about what they wish for in life, it builds self-esteem. I am very proud
to work with Chevrolet and help children in this 2013 twelve-city program. The children’s photographs will express their heart. Their photo assignment to photograph their ‘hopes and dreams’ is life-changing.”

Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, has partnered for the third year with Ms. Solomon for the “Pictures of Hope” program to help children across the United States express their hearts.

“At Chevrolet, giving back to the community and inspiring future generations is important to Chevrolet, its employees and its dealer body,” said Don Johnson, vice president of sales for Chevrolet. “Working with ‘Pictures of Hope’ we are able to provide less fortunate children the opportunity to photograph heartfelt snapshots of their everyday lives accompanied with words about their hopes and dreams, in a creative way to help build pride and self-esteem in their lives.”

“We sincerely appreciate Linda Solomon and Chevrolet for providing the children we serve with such a remarkable opportunity to express their hopes and dreams through photography,” said Glenn Cranfield, President and CEO of Nashville Rescue Mission. “The gift of knowing they are loved,
they are somebody and that their hopes and dreams matter will instill self-respect, build their confidence and give them hope for a brighter future.”

The hopes and dreams of children in Nashville will then be transformed into holiday greeting cards which will be sold through Nashville Rescue Mission, a local non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, shelter and life-recovery programs to men, women and children in Middle
Tennessee. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the “Pictures of Hope” greeting cards will benefit the many men, women and children who receive services at Nashville Rescue Mission due to the generosity of Tom Bannen Chevrolet Buick GMC.

The children at Nashville Rescue Mission will see their “Pictures of Hope” cards for the first time at a celebration and Meet the Young Artist Reception at Tom Bannen Chevrolet Buick GMC in November. During the holiday season from Thanksgiving through Christmas every customer who
purchases a Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or pre-owned vehicle from Tom Bannen Chevrolet Buick GMC will be given the “Pictures of Hope” greeting cards as a gift. A matching donation will be given to Nashville Rescue Mission from Tom Bannen Chevrolet Buick GMC.

“Tom Bannen Chevrolet Buick GMC is honored to participate with Chevrolet and Linda Solomon’s ‘Pictures of Hope’ program,” said Jeff Grossman, general manager of Tom Bannen. “In life, it is often the simple things we take for granted. The message inside every card reads: ‘Everything begins with a hope and dream.’ We at Tom Bannen Chevrolet Buick GMC wholeheartedly agree, and are excited to take part in this project in our Nashville community with an organization we respect and children we are excited to get to know.”

“Pictures of Hope” has been featured on Oprah, CBS Evening News twice, ABC World News and in People Magazine, USA Today and numerous local newspapers and magazines across the country. Ms. Solomon has received numerous awards and honors for “Pictures of Hope” and in 2011 was inducted into the prestigious Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

When: Monday, August 19 at 1:00 p.m.

Where: Nashville Rescue Mission Women’s Campus

1716 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208

About: Linda Solomon

Photojournalist and author Linda Solomon is recognized for her celebrity portraiture. She is the photographer of the NY Times bestseller “People We Know, Horses They Love” featuring photo essays on Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, and others. Linda Solomon has devoted her career to teaching children how to express their feelings through photography. She has founded educational photography programs that have reached over 1 million children. http://www.lindasolomonphotography.com

About: Nashville Rescue Mission

Since 1954, Nashville Rescue Mission has been meeting the needs of the poor and homeless through emergency services and life-recovery programs focusing on spiritual growth, education and employment with a goal of restoring hope and transforming lives. Nashville Rescue Mission is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is located at 639 Lafayette Street, Nashville, TN 37203. For more information, visit https://www.nashvillerescuemission.org/

About: Chevrolet

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, is one of the world’s largest automotive brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. More information about Chevrolet can be found at http://www.chevrolet.com/.

About: Tom Bannen Chevrolet Buick GMC

Tom Bannen Chevrolet Buick GMC has been doing business in Nashville since 1984 and in 2011 was recognized as GM Dealer of the Year. Jeff Grossman – General Manager. Visit http://www.tombannen.com/ for more information.

Contact:

Linda Solomon, mobile: 248-229-6965, email: starsolomon@yahoo.com or online at http://www.lindasolomonphotography.com

Lee Ann Dichtel, Special Events Coordinator, Nashville Rescue Mission, mobile: 615-424-3875, email: ldichtel@nashvillerescuemission.org or online at www.nashvillerescuemission.org

Jeff Grossman, General Manager, Tom Bannen Chevrolet Buick GMC, 2340 Gallatin Pike N, Madison, TN 37115, Phone: 615-851-8000, email: jeff@tombannen.com or online at www.tombannen.com