Alive Hospice Announces Inaugural O.L. Shultz Regatta!

Alive Hospice will christen its inaugural O.L. Shultz Regatta with a kick-off Splash Party at the Bridge Building (2 Victory Way, LP Field) on Thursday, April 10. The event will feature hit songwriter Kelley Lovelace.The regatta will be two weekends of sailboat races at the Harbor Island Yacht Club on Old Hickory Lake.  The first weekend, April 12-13 is one of the club’s longest-running races, and, for the first time, will be named after O.L. Shultz, a former commodore of the yacht club and Alive Hospice patient.   The second weekend will be April 26-27.   “We are honored to partner with the Harbor Island Yacht Club and the Shultz family on this new Nashville tradition,” Alive Hospice President and CEO Anna-Gene O’Neal said. “It is the perfect event to raise funds for Alive Hospice. As sailors say, ‘You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.’ We appreciate that point of view, because it’s so true in hospice care. You can’t control when the last months come, but Alive Hospice is there to make that time the best it can be. That’s what our regatta events support, and we are thrilled to launch them in April.”Tickets to the April 10 Splash Party are $200 per person and may be purchased here. The evening will include cocktails, dinner and live music. All proceeds go to support the mission of Alive Hospice.

Alive Hospice has designed a special memorial burgee that attendees can purchase to honor a loved one. A burgee is a standard flag of colors unique to each sailing club around the world. Treasured by sailors to identify their home base, they are often traded when sailing into another club's port. Memorial burgees are available for $50 each and they will be flown on the racing boats during the Regatta. Burgees may be purchased online here.

The Splash Party headliner Lovelace has established himself as one of Nashville’s top songwriters. His 16 No. 1 singles include Brad Paisley's “He Didn't Have to Be,” Joe Nichols’ “The Impossible,” Terri Clark’s “Girls Lie Too” and Carrie Underwood’s “All-American Girl.” In 2010, Lovelace received an ASCAP award for Paisley’s “Water.”

Sponsors for the O.L. Shultz Regatta include: Platinum sponsor St. Thomas Health; Gold Sponsors Heritage Medical Group, M.P. Friedman Family Philanthropic Fund and Minuteman Press; and Silver Sponsors Hylant and Lipman Brothers.