Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) Candlelight Ball is set for Saturday, March 14th, 2020.
Charlie Daniels, the Country Music Hall of Famer known for “sawing on a fiddle and playing it hot,” helped reinvigorate that 400-year-old instrument with his 1979 hit, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
More than 40 years later, his influence continues to transform the music genre, and attendees at the Austin Peay State University Candlelight Ball this spring will get a chance to own a piece of country music history when the school auctions off a signed Charlie Daniels fiddle.
“Charlie Daniels is considered country music royalty, and the Candlelight Ball Committee is thrilled he contributed this amazing prize to help us raise money for Austin Peay State University scholarships,” Nikki Loos Peterson, director of APSU alumni relations, said.
The signed fiddle is actually part of a special Charlie Daniels Band Prize Package, which also includes two dinners at the Palm Restaurant in Nashville, two tickets to a Charlie Daniels Band performance at the Grand Ole Opry, and two backstage passes to watch the show and meet the band.
The auction’s signature items include pearl earrings and a pearl necklace custom designed by Elliott Herzlich, husband of APSU President Alisa White and owner of Elliott’s Jewelers. The earrings feature two Akoya pearls, two oval-shaped morganite stones and a halo of 30 diamonds set in 14-karat rose gold. The necklace includes a large Akoya pearl, an oval-shaped morganite gemstone and a halo of 17 diamonds set in 14-karat rose gold. It also includes an 18-inch, 14-karat rose gold chain.
“Every year, our Candlelight Ball Committee, with the help of APSU friends, alumni and staff, finds incredible prizes for the auction, and I’m happy at the high-level items they acquired this year, because they’ll help us provide more scholarships to deserving Austin Peay State University students,” Peterson said.
This year’s auction items also include:
- An APSU football and STEM package. This package includes an aerial tour of Clarksville for two people in GOV 3, a helicopter from Austin Peay State University’s rotor-wing program. After the tour, the helicopter will land on the Austin Peay campus so the two passengers can attend an APSU football game in the Suite Level of Fortera Stadium. The package also includes an autographed football by Coach Mark Hudspeth, an APSU-themed gift basket and two tickets to the Austin Peay State University football game at the University of Cincinnati.
- An APSU basketball and Candlelight Ball package: This package includes game tickets behind the bench during an APSU game at Belmont, along with an autographed basketball. The winning bidder will also receive dinner for two, an APSU-themed gift basket, four complimentary tickets to the 2021 Candlelight Ball and a one-of-a-kind APSU men’s blazer. As an added bonus, the winner will also receive a signed Lee Brice guitar, courtesy of Curb Records.
- Louis Robichaux wine package. This package, valued at more than $2,200, includes three bottles of 2014 Dana Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in original 3-bottle wood case, one bottle of 2011 Bryant Napa Valley Sauvignon and one bottle of 2011 Bryant Bettina proprietary red blend.
- The Music City Package. The winner of this package will receive two club-level tickets to the 54th Annual Country Music Awards, which will be broadcast live on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The package also includes two complimentary dinner meals at the Omni Hotel the night of the awards show and a complimentary room at the Renaissance Hotel, along with breakfast for two. In addition to the CMA experience, the prize includes an Austin Peay State University branded guitar, designed by Michael Gauf of Painted Axe, and a signed Lee Brice guitar, courtesy of Curb Records.
This year’s Candlelight Ball is co-chaired by Kathryn Minniehan and Kayla Morgan, and the event’s presenting sponsors include F&M Bank, Reliant Bank/First Advantage Bank, Century 21 Platinum Properties (Kayla Goad-LeVan, Marcia Campbell and Jimmy Terry Jr.), the APSU College of Business, Planters Bank, Fortera Credit Union, Kennedy Law Firm, Spring Creek Pediatric Dentistry, Quirion Realty and Allstate Insurance.