NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Music, dinner and saving lives. That’s the goal of the Mr. Sumner County Pageant. Jaci Kirkham with the Junior Service League of Hendersonville and Camile Caraway from Parker Strong join Nickelle Smith in the News 2 studio to discuss what the pageant benefits.

Junior Service League of Hendersonville was founded by a group of women in 2015 that strives to support a local charity each year in Sumner County. 

“We choose men, who are pillars in our community, to partner with us and to fundraise for Mr. Sumner County,” said Kirkham.

According to Kirkham, they go out and fundraise for the local charity chosen and the men compete in the pageant by sharing their talents.

Parker Strong will be honored by the Mr. Sumner Pageant this year in an effort to raise awareness to suicide prevention and education. Camile Caraway explained what it means to her to be this year’s recipient. 

“Unfortunately, I lost my 16-year-old son in 2018 and we did not have any warning that he was struggling, and he took his life,” said Caraway, “I had to choose between being a victim or a survivor…, so, Parker Strong is devoted to suicide prevention through awareness, education, and counseling resources for those who are struggling with thoughts of suicide.” 

The foundation is currently installing Parker Stong benches across Middle Tennessee to bring the opportunity for individuals to have hard conversations regarding suicide prevention. 

The Mr. Sumner County Pageant will take place on September 10 at 6 p.m. at the Epic Event Center in Gallatin. To purchase tickets, click here

To learn more about the Parker Strong Foundation click here or watch the entire interview above.