Annual Hard Bargain Association dinner is coming up on April 2

ABOVE: Hard Bargain Association members Pastor Mike Smith, Freddie Haddox, Pastor Walter Amos and Pastor Scott Roley. // HARD BARGAIN ASSOCIATION

Hard Bargain Association is gearing up to host their annual Hard Bargain Celebration Dinner on Tuesday, April 2 at the Williamson County Enrichment Center in downtown Franklin.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a silent auction, appetizers, and drinks. At 7 p.m. the program will begin with a sumptuous dinner provided by Catering & Events by Suzette. The evening will include hearing from Hard Bargain’s newest homeowners, identical twin sisters Janell Goodlow and Shawnell Goodlow.

Individual tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at or you can mail a check made payable to Hard Bargain Association at PO Box 545, Franklin, TN 37065-0545.

The Title Sponsor is Pinnacle Financial Partners, a long-time partner with Hard Bargain Association. “Friend of Hard Bargain” sponsors include Solomon Builders, HCA/TriStar Health, Reliant Bank, McCann Hubbard, Battle Ground Academy, Bristol Development, F&M Bank, LP Building Products, YOUR Williamson, PLA Media, BancorpSouth, Franklin Rotary Club at Breakfast, Williamson Herald & Southern Exposure Magazine, and Lipman Brothers and R.S. Lipman Company.

“This evening is a wonderful time of coming together to celebrate the work of Hard Bargain Association,” association executive director Brant Bousquet said.

Hard Bargain Association’s goal is to help preserve and revitalize the historic Hard Bargain neighborhood, which was founded by Harvey McLemore, a freed slave, more than 130 years ago. The mission is to preserve the historic Hard Bargain neighborhood by renovating existing homes, building high-quality affordable housing, and enriching the lives of our neighbors. The vision is to transform the neighborhood into a diverse and vibrant community to be proud of for generations to come.

“Affordable housing is a critical issue in Franklin,” Bousquet said. “The median sales price of a home in Franklin is almost $500,000. Apartments start at $1,500 per month for a one-bedroom unit. These prices are out of reach for many in our community. Hard Bargain Association builds new homes and sells them below market value for low-to-moderate income families and individuals. Through the Rehab Program, volunteers help repair homes for elderly residents in the neighborhood. We are grateful for our partners- individuals, businesses, churches, schools, and volunteers — who help us keep Hard Bargain a thriving neighborhood.”

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