Maddie and Tae Partner With Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital At Vanderbilt And The Nashville Predators To Launch “Shine Bright” Campaign

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Nashville Predators and CMA Award winning duo Maddie & Tae launched “Shine Bright,” a letter-writing campaign within Middle Tennessee. Now through the end of January, booths will be set up at various events and locations in the community, where people may write “Words That Shine,” to encourage Children’s Hospital patients, their families and the hospital’s staff. The initiative serves to engage the local community, show support to caregivers and brighten a patient’s day.

“It’s a great pleasure to partner with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt on such an important campaign,” said Nashville Predators President and COO Sean Henry. “Words have the power to be transformative, and the collective voices of our community toward the patients and those who care for them will be a strong reminder that they have an entire community behind them.”

Maddie & Tae, the CMA award winning duo, serve as artist ambassadors for the “Shine Bright” program. “Fly,” their empowering second hit, is featured throughout the campaign to encourage patients and their families.

“The work Children’s Hospital does for patients and their families in Middle Tennessee is amazing,” says Maddie Marlow. “We used to visit the hospital to entertain the kids before we got our record deal, so we’re honored to be part of a campaign that helps support and encourage the incredible medical staff who care for these children.”

“Writing a letter to provide encouragement to a sick child or express appreciation for their caregivers is a small act, but means so much to the people who receive them,” adds Tae Dye. “When we can lift up a child who’s struggling, or show someone who works tirelessly how much they matter, that’s a pretty big deal – and the Shine Bright Campaign makes it all the easier to do just that.”

Upcoming “Shine Bright” letter writing dates and booth locations in Middle Tennessee include:
Dec. 3 – Predators vs. Panthers at Bridgestone Arena
Dec. 4 – TSSAA BlueCross Bowl at Tucker Stadium/Cookeville, TN
Dec. 5 – TSSAA BlueCross Bowl at Tucker Stadium/Cookeville, TN
Dec. 6 – Music City Invitational Swim Meet at Centennial Sportsplex
Dec. 8 – Women in Business Mixer at Homestead Manor
Dec. 9 – Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball vs Dayton at Memorial Gym
Dec. 10 – Predators vs. Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena
Dec. 12 – Music City WinterFest at Centennial Park
Dec. 15 – Predators vs. Flames at Bridgestone Arena
Feb. 18 – Ice rink/Family night at Walk of Fame Park

Visit for a full list of dates and locations.

Families can also visit to create and share a custom “Shine Bright” photo for social media. Everyone who posts their photo publicly to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #ShineBright will be entered into a weekly contest to win Nashville Predators prizes through the end of January.

“We are incredibly grateful for the continued support and generosity of our community partners—the Nashville Predators and Maddie & Tae,” said John W. Brock III, surgeon-in-chief for Children’s Hospital, director of Pediatric Urology and Monroe Carell Jr. Professor. “Caring for children requires a true community effort—from the doctors, nurses and staff at the Children’s Hospital to the friends, families and neighbors of Nashville and beyond. We could not do the work we do every day without their support. The letters that will be delivered to patients will go a long way to brighten the day for a lot of children.”

About Samantha Dawn Mutschler

Samantha Dawn Mutschler
I am a country music loving cowgirl with a passion for helping kids with cancer. I was born and raised in Orlando, FL where I currently reside. When I am not submerged in country music, I am a professional photographer, social media junkie, and most importantly devoted to children with cancer. Jesus has blessed me with the gift of crocheting and I started my organization, Unraveled by Samantha Dawn, where I make crochet hats and wigs. I have also had the opportunity to meet and spend time with some of the children that I have made hats for. I look to Country Music for comfort, joy, and relaxing. It’s cool to be part of the very best fan base ever!

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