Humane’s Karen Baker’s Retirement Party
The Nashville Humane Association hosted a retirement party for Karen Baker, who worked at the organization for over 27 years.
Staff, board members and friends enjoyed getting together to wish Baker farewell and have a delicious lunch.
Baker was promoted several times and last served as facility manager of the organization, which has been helping animals for many decades.
Dream Events and Catering provided hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, and chocolate cake decorated with the honoree’s photo.
The shelter is committed to finding responsible homes for pets, controlling pet overpopulation and promoting the humane treatment of all animals.
For more information, visit nashvillehumane.org or call 615-352-1010.
Cumberland River Compact Event
The Cumberland River Compact benefitted from Hellbender on the River, a fundraiser held at East Bank Landing.
A Hellbender is a species of giant aquatic salamander that grows up to two feet in length and is native to the eastern United States. At one point there were as few as 600 left in the wild, but today scientists are keeping an eye on populations and in protected areas the Hellbender populations are stabilizing.
At the event, guests enjoyed a signature Hellbender cocktail, beer samples, fried catfish and barbecue appetizers. Several of the featured breweries source water directly from the Cumberland River, including Mill Creek and Little Harpeth.
The Cumberland River Compact’s mission is to enhance the health and enjoyment of the Cumberland River and its tributaries through education, collaboration, and action.
Since 1997, the Cumberland River Compact and its members have worked to improve the quality of water in the Cumberland River Basin, and in doing so, improve the quality of life of the basin’s communities.
Swan Ball Reception for Jane Dudley
Swan Ball held a reception and dedication in the Cheekwood mansion to honor Jane Anderson Dudley.
In recognition of Dudley’s work to found the Swan Ball, the grand staircase and balcony at the home’s entry were dedicated in her honor. Former Swan Ball chairs and special guests enjoyed wine, champagne and passed hors d’oeuvres.
Dudley started the Swan Ball in 1963 as a means of raising operating funds for the new Tennessee Botanical Gardens and Fine Arts Center at Cheekwood, the former home of Leslie Cheek, a member of the founding family of Maxwell House Coffee.
The mansion was begun in 1929 and used architectural antiques and art the Cheeks found all over Europe to create the gorgeous structure it is today.
The 55th Swan Ball was held earlier this year to carry on its fundraising mission.
The Princess Bride Event
Fans of the cult film “The Princess Bride” had the chance to hear from lead actor Cary Elwes at an event that began with screening of the film and included a VIP gathering and a question and answer period moderated by Ann Patchett, Nashville resident and internationally-known author.
Handsome, charming and amusing, Elwes gave a behind-the-scenes look at life on and off the set of Rob Reiner’s iconic film, a discussion on classic scenes, and answered all kinds of audience questions.
He said the author of the film, William Goldman, wrote it while on a road trip with his young daughters. He asked what they wanted to hear about; one said princesses and the other said brides, which inspired the classic 1987 romantic fantasy.
Elwes’ new memoir, “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride,” recently became a New York Times Bestseller, and each VIP guest received an autographed copy.
Elwes enjoys a successful career in film and will appear in the second season of Sony Crackle’s “The Art of More,” starring opposite Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth and Christian Cooke.