Mayson’s Love Project


A center for children with special needs and their families is not something that currently exists in Dickson County. However, Carl and Lonae Garton are looking to change that; bringing something entirely new to Dickson and the surrounding areas.

Mayson’s Place, which started as an idea, is slowly starting to become a reality. The center will feature many fully handicap accessible amenities; including a swimming pool, hot tub, interactive music area, library, sensory room, and physical therapy center.

The Gartons got the idea to create such a center in honor of their 17-year-old son Mayson Thomas Garton, who passed away in February. Mayson was a junior at Creek Wood High School and loved music and the beach. Keeping Mayson’s legacy in mind, the Gartons were able to create the idea for a center that their son would have enjoyed. Giving other families an opportunity to benefit from this one-of-a-kind facility.

A center as advanced as this doesn’t come without community support; that’s where Mayson’s Love Project begins. The Kick-Off Gala will be Saturday, June 16, at the White Bluff Civic Center beginning at 4:00. The Gala will feature food, fun, and the presentation of the plans for Mayson’s Place, which is expected to take 3-5 years to complete. The Gala will be the first of many events of Mayson’s Love Project, which will ultimately fund the construction of Mayson’s Place. The Gala will also serve as an information session for anyone looking to get involved in the project.

This event is free and open to the public; however, donations will be accepted. For more information on Mayson’s Love Project, visit their Facebook page or contact them at