Parker's Project to host third annual fundraiser


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Parker’s Project will host its third annual evening of music on Sunday, June 2, at Puckett’s in downtown Columbia. The event raises funds to provide books to babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC). The event is presented by Listerhill Credit Union.

Proceeds from Parker’s Project are donated to the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation to provide books to newborns who are patients in the NICU. Sondra and Cord Martin launched Parker’s Project following the birth of their son, Parker, as a way to honor his caregivers and provide support to other NICU families.

Foundation Executive Director Joe Kilgore said, “Cord and Sondra Martin have taken their own experience as the parents of a premature baby to help other families whose babies require an extended stay in the NICU. As educators, they know the power that reading to children has through voice recognition and stimulation. We are grateful to them and honored to partner with them on this meaningful endeavor.”

On Sunday, June 2, doors at Puckett’s will open at 4:30 p.m., with music at 5 p.m. featuring the Jason Eskridge Band and Cord Martin. Advance tickets are $20 per person plus a $2.49 processing fee. Children 13 and under are admitted free. To ensure party seating, please purchase tickets for the entire group in one order. Food and drinks may be purchased during the event. Online reservations are available at

Since 2006, the Foundation has funded more than $2 million in programs and services for underserved and financially challenged populations. All donations directly benefit the community through the programs and services funded by the Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Gifts to support Parker’s Project may be made through the Foundation’s NICU Fund at For more information, call 931.380.4075.

The Martin family is pictured at last year’s fundraiser with the physician who delivered Parker. Left to right are Parker, Sondra, Dr. Nicole Falls and Cord.

About Maury Regional Health Care Foundation:

The Maury Regional Health Care Foundation was established in October 2006. Financial support received through the Foundation is used for projects including community health initiatives, education scholarships, and other health-related projects. The Foundation is designated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax-deductible. Gifts may be made in honor or in memory of an individual and may be donated to one of several funds. For more information about the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation and giving opportunities, please call 931.380.4075 or visit



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