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Buckingham Foundation Offers Rooms and Meals to Those Affected by COVID-19


As the philanthropic partner of Buckingham Companies, Buckingham Foundation has always committed itself to make a positive impact on the communities which it serves. Buckingham Foundation and Kimpton Aertson Hotel announce a double benefit program to support those effected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Nashville. The first benefit of these relief efforts offers complimentary hotel rooms at Midtown’s Kimpton Aertson Hotel, mere steps from the Vanderbilt Medical Campus, for medical workers and first responders. Step two involves a partnership with The Nashville Food Project to turn Henley, the award-winning modern American brasserie, into a satellite kitchen to provide daily meals to local communities experiencing food insecurity.

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“We have been so appreciative and thankful for all that our local medical professionals have done for Nashville during these trying times,” said Mark Hayes, general manager of Kimpton Aertson Hotel. “These folks are the true heroes, and it was an easy decision to offer hotel rooms at the Aertson for those who need a place to lay their head after a trying day.”

As such, the Aertson is offering complimentary hotel rooms to medical personnel with proper identification such as doctors, nurses and first responders through the end of April. In order to make a reservation, medical workers should email the hotel directly at Once checked in, these guests will receive light-touch stayover housekeeping services and access to knock and drop room service from Henley. During this time, the in-room dining offer includes many of the restaurant’s favorite menu items at a special discount for these deserving individuals. (Please note that limitations may apply.)

“While we are so happy to support our key medical personnel, we are also incredibly excited to partner with The Nashville Food Project to provide daily meals to the city’s communities facing food insecurities,” shared Theresa Rhodes, executive director of Buckingham Foundation. “Through this partnership, we’ll be able to feed those most impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Adjacent to the Aertson, Henley and its executive chef Daniel Gorman are turning the restaurant into a satellite kitchen to prepare meals distributed through The Nashville Food Projects’ distribution channels every day for the rest of April. With the government mandates for shelter-in-place and social distancing guidelines, Henley has shifted to a take-out and curbside pick-up business model as of late. While still in effect, the impact of not opening its doors to dining room and bar guests has freed up resources within the restaurant to be able to support those in need.

“We’re beyond thrilled to offer up our incredible culinary team and supplies here at Henley to support Buckingham Foundation and The Nashville Food Project in their efforts for social good,” said James Garrido, general manager at Henley. “We have all of the equipment, talent and means to create restaurant-quality meals and The Nashville Food Projects’ partners and channels will allow for us to get these meals into the hands and homes of the food insecure.”

Donna Vissman
Donna Vissman
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