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“Food For Thought” event to benefit Benton Hall Academy

Foodies, parents and students delight as local chefs and restaurants collaborate in second annual “Food For Thought” event to benefit Benton Hall Academy.

Fundraiser will be held Friday, March 7 at Nashville Farmers’ Market

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Want to eat some good grub for a great cause?

Join friends, family and fellow foodies for an unforgettable culinary collaboration featuring local restaurants and chefs who are combining efforts to cook up something special in a benefit event to raise friends and funds for Benton Hall Academy (BHA). Food For Thought — the second annual “foodie” fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for BHA, a school for unique learners — will be held at Nashville’s famous Farmers’ Market on Friday, March 7, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. The Benton Hall Academy environment is unique, offering an educational opportunity for students who don’t flourish in traditional learning environments. The perspective of students says it all:

  • “BHA is different from other schools because they will make any effort to help you and can adjust things so you learn the best way possible.” (Julia*– 7th grade)
  •  “I like BHA because the teachers really want to help you out. They don’t just slap a bunch of work on you and say, ‘Do it yourself.’” (Bill* – 7th grade)
  • “BHA has helped me in unbelievable ways … the school is different than other schools because everyone is special at Benton Hall Academy.” (Gregory* – 8th grade)
  • “I am most grateful for my friends and teachers at Benton Hall for accepting me for who I am.”  (Amanda* – graduating senior)
  • “My best friends are Gavin and Evan because they love me even if sometimes they don’t get along with me.” (Andrew*– 3rd grade)
  • “I am special, but everyone there (at Benton Hall) is special in their own way which makes nobody different and nobody better than the other.” (Calvin* – 9th grade)

To date, restaurants and chefs participating in Food For Thought event include:
Catering by Suzette
Chef John York
City House
Edley’s Bar-B-Que
Mad Platter
Margot’s Café and Bar
Smiley Farms
Smoke Et Al
Tamale Pot
Zumi Sushi.

Event sponsors include Pinnacle Financial Partners, Smiley Farms, and United Healthcare.

“We are very blessed to have such an amazing outpouring of support for our school, our students and our second Food For Thought event,” said Veronica Paradis, Headmaster, BHA. “Our teachers and administration are focused on helping others craft new beginnings.  As a haven for students who may have struggled elsewhere we are truly thankful to everyone for their collaboration in helping us raise awareness of the school.”

Donations for Food For Thought and tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance at Proceeds from the evening, which includes a wine selection and silent auction, will be used to expand and enhance BHA’s classroom technology and electronic network.

The impact of Benton Hall is immeasurable and can best be understood from the perspective of a student’s family member.

“I am now the proud parent of a “straight A” student and am thrilled to see the level of work my now happy son brings home daily. He is now mastering concepts that we could never have imagined he would have been able to learn in just one year. Benton Hall Academy has been a lifesaver for our family. We are so thankful and look forward to many more years there and hope other families like ours might have similar experiences.”

About Benton Hall Academy BHA offers students a learning environment that is as individual as they are. Founded in 1977 in Franklin, Tenn., the teachers and administration of Benton Hall Academy understand and celebrate that all human beings are different: in the ways they perceive the world, express feelings, relate to others and have distinct learning styles. Accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and approved by the State of Tennessee, Benton Hall Academy serves approximately 80 students in grades 3–12. For more information, please visit:

*names of minor students have been changed.

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