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In Business: FUTURE - The Nashville Connection

Posted by: Rionne Ridgeway on Friday, March 14, 2014
March 12th may have started with clouds and rain, but the sun broke through and allowed for a great kickoff event: The Nashville Connection’s Heroes Salute and ribbon cutting at the Kroc Center field. Joan Betros, Executive Producer and Chairman of The Nashville Connection, alongside her husband Colonel Fareed Betros wanted to begin their upcoming four day event by honoring our country’s soldiers. The ribbon cutting today started with an opening by Colonel Betros who was followed by Mayor Knox White. Despite the strong winds, the Color Guard presented the colors as the National Anthem was sung.  Before cutting the ribbon, a bagpipe player played Taps and there was a 21 gun salute.  Shortly after, the ribbon was cut. The event ended with a touching tribute as children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greenville County released 28 balloons representing the 28 soldiers from our area that have lost their lives while serving our country. All of these events center around singers and songwriters competing for a coveted spot in the Songster Bus Competition which involves two buses in route to Nashville.  Participants on each bus only have the time it takes to get from Greenville, SC to Nashville, TN to write a hit song. Following the ribbon cutting will be a series of musical highlights taking place Thursday, March 13th through Saturday, March 15th. This four day event will conclude with a Heroes Salute Reception and Live Auction at the Hyatt Regency Downtown.  For details about events please see the Greenville Chamber’s Member Events page or go to


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