Fifty-two year member of the Grand Ole Opry, Jeannie Seely took the stage on Thursday, December 19 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena for the Six Annual Nashville Senior Christmas ShinnDig performing traditional Christmas songs, as well as a special performance of “You Can’t Make Old Friends” with her long time friend Tim Atwood. The heartwarming event was hosted by emcee, Hope Hines and also included performances by Candy Christmas, Jasmine Brady, Julie Roberts, Paul Coons, Nicole C. Mullen and Charlie McCoy.
“Jeannie Seely is what the Senior Christmas ShinnDig is really all about. Like me, she could be a guest at this event, but she chooses to give her time, talent and wit to bless all of us. I’ve been hosting Senior Citizens Christmas Parties around the country (in North Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma and right here in Nashville, TN) for 40 years,” exclaimed George Shinn. “Jeannie has been singing at the Nashville Senior Christmas ShinnDig since it started six years ago and I can’t imagine the show without her. Her talent continues to amaze me and I’m grateful each year when she says she will perform!”
“This event has been one thing I have looked forward to every year,” said Jeannie Seely. “It just wouldn’t seem like Christmas if I couldn’t be a part of this wonderful event. It brings such joy to so many. I kind of think George Shinn might be Santa Claus! It is such a wonderful thing that Mr. Shinn does every year and I am honored to be included.”
The special event was established to honor Nashville senior citizens by George Shinn and the George Shinn Foundation as a promise to his mother to always remember our seniors. Approximately 800 seniors from the greater Nashville area were served at the free luncheon highlighted by holiday entertainment, very special door prizes as well as a car given away to a community member in need.