Tenille Townes Inspires a County With Her Music, Mission
Concert Raises over $20,000 to Benefit Manna House
On May 12, 2022, Tenille Townes brought her music and mission to Ellis County. Performing for an audience of 250+ at the Red Oak Grand Ole Opry, Townes delivered not only her musical talents, but also her passion to support a local community.
Big Hearts for Big Kids, a charity event Tenille started when she was 15, was taken on the road to inspire people in their own hometowns to make a difference by partnering with fans at every stop to raise money for a cause close to their hearts.
“There’s something different about the feeling of bringing people together and helping one another. To me that is the best part of what music can do. I couldn’t be more proud of and grateful for the beginning of Big Hearts on the Road that we got to start this year,” says Townes. “I met the most incredible people at these events, partnering with the most generous and spirited fans I’ve had the honor of crossing paths with, and witnessing the way they brought their communities together for local charitable causes they are passionate about, was something
I’ll never forget.”
In 2002, for the first time, the Big Hearts Event went on the road with a mini-tour, stopping in Dallas-Fort Worth, Charlotte and Nashville. With “Big Hearts on the Road,” Tenille partnered with some of her fans to help raise money for causes close to their hearts. In the Dallas area, Tenille partnered with local Midlothian resident Pippa Beaudoin to perform in Ellis County and raised over $20,000 to benefit Manna House, To help promote the concert, Pippa sent out over two hundred letters to friends, family and business owners encouraging them to spend the evening with Pippa and the two-time ACM winner, Tenille Townes. Performing for more than 250 guests, Tenille and Pippa even performed a duet to Tenille’s 2021 hit song, Girl Who Didn’t Care.
When asked who she would like to support in her community, Pippa knew right away that Manna House was the place. Manna House is a community outreach organization created to serve the needs of Midlothian residents. Manna’s goal is to give families a helping hand, empowering them to rise above the immediate crisis.
Pippa’s fundraiser was much of a success thanks to our amazing fundraising committee “Raising up Midlothian” – Todd Hemphill, Tater Beard, Beth Woodall, Matt & Tamy Snow, Wes & Janet Moore, Jimmy & Shannon Beaudoin .
“I loved bringing Tenille to my hometown to meet everyone. Thank y’all to everyone who visited us at Manna House or at the benefit that night. This truly was my dream come true to be on stage with Tenille, “ says Pippa.
To learn more about Tenille’s Big Hearts for Big Kids journey, click here.
About Manna House: Created in 1992, Midlothian, Texas-based Manna House is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of people in crisis across Ellis County. The Manna House organization consists of two food pantries, located in the cities of Midlothian and Italy, as well as Heaven’s Attic, Manna House Resale, at both locations, which offer new and gently used clothing for the whole family, as well as a wide variety of household goods, small appliances, books, toys, furniture, and more. All proceeds from Heaven’s Attic resale boutiques support up to 75% of Manna House’s outreach efforts and operations. For more information, please visit www.mannahouseoutreach.org.
About Tenille Townes: Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Tenille Townes released her new project Masquerades April 22 via Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville in partnership with RCA Records. A meditation on duality, self-reflection, and embracing flaws, Masquerades follows her acclaimed debut album The Lemonade Stand, which was named Country Album of the Year at the 50th JUNO Awards and Album of the Year at the 2021 Canadian CMA Awards, where Townes also earned her third consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year trophy. The two-time ACM Award-winner is also the first female artist in Mediabase Canada history to achieve two No. 1 singles (Music Canada Gold-certified “Jersey On The Wall (I’m Just Asking),” Music Canada Platinum-certified and RIAA Gold-certified “Somebody’s Daughter”). Following standout support runs with Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Brothers Osborne, George Strait and Reba, Townes recently wrapped her first headlining U.S. trek, the VILLAIN IN ME TOUR, and will head out this summer opening for the likes of Jake Owen and Brad Paisley, before heading out in Europe this fall. A Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, Townes has been featured by NPR, Variety, Refinery29, Billboard, Rolling Stone, NBC’s “TODAY,” BBC and more. Additionally, she has raised over $2.5 million for Big Hearts For Big Kids, a non-profit she started when she was 12 years old to benefit a youth shelter in her hometown, which has grown to support organizations such as Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee.