Meridian Behavioral Health Systems makes significant impact on health of kidney patients with $25,000 donation to Tennessee Kidney Foundation


The Tennessee Kidney Foundation (TKF) will host its fourth annual gala, “Bright Lights, Nashville Nights” on Saturday, March 11, at 6.p.m. at the Omni Nsahville Hotel and the outcome this year will be more impressive with the announcement of a $25,000 donation in conjunction with the event from named sponsor Meridian Behavioral Health Systems.

Wes Mason, President and CEO of Meridian Behavioral Health Systems stated ” we are honored to provide this gift to the Tennessee Kidney Foundation. Having been personally effected by the loss of my father, Wesley Mason II, it is a privilege to have the opportunity to give back and strive to make Tennessee a healthier place to live and work” Mason continued stating ” we look forward to the event and our continued sponsorship of the Tennessee Kidney Foundation”

Meridian Behavioral Health Systems Inc. is a National Provider of Behavioral Health Hospitals which provide a continuum of needed care, in our expanding locations. More information can be found on our website :

This black-tie optional event will bring lower Broadway into the ballroom with a Nashville-centric cocktail reception where guests will enjoy specialty drinks followed by a gourmet, four-course meal prepared by Executive Chef David Harker. Guests will then enjoy live music and dancing and have the opportunity to bid in a Nashville-themed silent auction. Jenny Gill, daughter of Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, will provide the evening’s entertainment along with singer-songwriter Jason White. Jenny Gill made her Grand Ole Opry debut on February 11 and is poised to release her debut album on February 17.

The Bright Lights, Nashville Nights gala committee includes Amy Peterson, whose connection to kidney disease became closer than ever when she donated a kidney to her father in 2011. In addition, the late Dr. Gerald Schulman, a respected nephrologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, will be honored at the event for his life’s work bringing attention to kidney health.

“We are always amazed by the generosity of the Nashville community and their willingness to provide resources for their most vulnerable neighbors,” said Heather Powell, CEO of the Tennessee Kidney Foundation. “This event is our largest fundraisers and this donation from Meridian Behavioral Health Systems will ensure that we will serve more patients than ever before this year. The funds we raise will allow us to continue providing direct assistance to kidney patients, offering free kidney disease screenings and prevention education.”

Since 1969, the TKF has united Tennesseans in the fight against kidney disease. Evidence of the TKF commitment is seen around the community where the TKF provides kidney disease screenings at churches, schools and walks.

Funds raised from Bright Lights Nashville Nights will be used to improve the health and wellbeing of Tennesseans affected by kidney disease through education, prevention, and promotion of organ donation. This evening of fundraising is made possible through generous contributions from the following organizations:
• Meridian Behavioral Health Systems
•Nephrology Associates
•Meharry Medical College
•Fresenius Kidney Care
• Dialysis Clinic, Inc.
•Gibson Foundation
• DaVita
•ServisFirst Bank
•US Renal Care
• Vanderbilt Center for Kidney Disease
•St. Thomas Health – Ascension
•US Renal Care

The ticket price is $250.00 or $2,500.00 for a table of ten and tickets are on sale at or by calling 615-383-3887. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and 100% of funds raised benefit the programs of TKF. For information on how to purchase tickets or become a sponsor, please contact Heather Powell at (615)383-3887 or

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About the Tennessee Kidney Foundation

The mission of Tennessee Kidney Foundation is to empower and support those at risk or affected by kidney disease. TKF’s vision is a Tennessee where the rate of kidney disease is minimized and everyone who needs care receives care. TKF is the only organization providing transportation assistance, emergency assistance, education, preventative kidney screenings and promotion of living kidney donation in Middle Tennessee. TKF met more than 1,600 requests for assistance in 2016 and provided screenings for hundreds of individuals. You can help: learn more about the Tennessee Kidney Foundation, please visit