Social 10-8-2015

Mad Hatter

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The Mad Hatter was a benefit held at the Hutton Hotel for the Sexual Assault Center (SAC), chaired by Meg Moudy and Sarah Bartholomew.

This elegant event attracts more 400 people each year and helps raise critical funds that directly impact survivors of sexual violence.

The elegant ballroom featured white tablecloths, lilac and deep purple hydrangeas in glass vases, silver Chivari chairs and red napkins.

Everyone enjoyed the dinner, which included a green salad, braised short ribs, green beans, Tennessee cheesecake and much more.

A large silent auction offered vacations and staycations, a tree house design, behind the scenes tour at News Channel 4, baby items, sporting goods and memorabilia, wine and liquor, Little Big Town tickets and guitar, dinner for ten by Rolf and Daughters, art, jewelry, clothing, accessories, and health and beauty aids.

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West Meade Waterfall Celebration

Waterfall 10-8-15A celebration was held to mark the public acquisition of Nashville’s West Meade Waterfall as a wilderness pocket park.

Mayor Karl Dean, Tommy Lynch, director of Metro Parks, Councilwoman Mina Johnson, and Bob Tuke and Kathleen Williams of Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation (TennGreen) were on hand.

Tuke, vice president of TennGreen, is responsible for monitoring its Middle Tennessee activities.

“As our city’s growth continues at an unprecedented rate, protecting the natural treasures that make this city so beautiful becomes paramount,” Tuke said.

“While cranes hover over most of downtown, it is important that we understand the need to preserve open and wild land-for our city and for those that follow us.

“Purchasing this waterfall was the first step in an important effort to conserve the natural habitat that surrounds the west of Nashville: this arc of green-forested hills and valleys that stretch from Beaman Park in the north to Radnor Lake in the South,” Tuke said.

“Because of these undeveloped hills and hollows, incredible wildlife abounds; this habitat hosts an incredible variety of wildlife including bobcats, foxes, coyotes, flying squirrels, bats, turtles, lizards and toads.

“Uncommon wildflowers; big old trees; clear, undisturbed springs; and a slice of Nashville’s history – the historic Belle Meade Plantation Wall – all this is here – right here – protected for generations to come,” Tuke added.

Tuke thanked the donors for their generosity, and the foresight of neighbors and the Metro Parks Department for protecting the waterfall.

Family Center Event

Fam Event 10-8-15Gary Baker hosted the board of directors and special guests for the Exchange Club’s Family Center.

Baker served his guests Jack Cawthon’s Bar-B-Que pork, slaw, beans, potato salad, turkey and Brunswick Stew, as well as brownies and candies.

The Family Center works to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect by empowering parents to raise happy, healthy children by creating safe, stable and nurturing relationships.

The organization has three programs that help it achieve its mission: positive parenting, divorcing parenting and in-home counseling.

Parent education programs focus on enhancing parenting practices and behaviors, such as developing and practicing positive discipline techniques, learning age-appropriate child development skills and milestones, promoting positive play and interaction between parents and children, and locating and accessing community services and supports.

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Nations Ministry 10th Anniversary

Ministry Anniv 10-8-15Nations Ministry Center held its 10th anniversary celebration at Thistle Stop Cafe.

Melissa Shirley and Heather Cain chaired the event, which was catered by Thistle Stop Café staff using their heirloom china. The menu included mini sliders with turkey, brie, pear and apple butter, cucumber hummus bites, roast beef canapés, pesto canapes, a fruit and cheese display, and brownie bites.

The event program began with Nations Ministry Director Chris Lovingood speaking about the program’s accomplishments. Guests were shown a video highlighting Nations Ministry Center’s development during the past ten years.

Nations Ministry trains and places more than 120 individuals per year in local jobs. These individuals collectively earn more than $1 million to support themselves and their families.

Training is also provided for children in daily after-school programs, comprising more than 2,600 hours of instruction.

Guests included: Theresa Carl, Davis Chaffin, Katie Crumbo, Susan Griffin, Ann Neely, Brent Pennington, Steve Roche, John Wagster, Shannon and Mick Beisel, and Ashley Zeiger-Peak.

2016 Swan Ball Auction Kickoff

Swan 10-8-15Katie and Ben Gambill hosted the 2016 Swan Ball Auction Kickoff at their home, where auction Chairs Deborah Lovett, Robin Puryear and Ashley Rosen officially launched the effort with their committee members.

Ball Chairs Elizabeth Akers and Nan Cox were on hand to encourage everyone. The Swan Ball 2016 Auction Party will be held on May 19 at Belle Meade Country Club and will serve as the primary venue for bidding on the trips and treasures offered.

Kristen Winston Catering provided a cocktail buffet which offered: maple mustard glazed pork tenderloin, stuffed mushrooms, pesto chicken flatbread, mini BLTs, chocolate espresso cookies, blondies and more.

Guests included: Jane Anderson Dudley, Tony Rose, Mike Lovett, David Puryear, John Rosen, Sandra and Larry Lipman, Melanie and David Baker, Elizabeth and David Dingess, Ann and Matt Dobson, Lorie and Gavin Duke, Cathy and Van East, Mary and Tom Gambill, Hilda and Jim McGregor, Sandy and Jay Sangervasi, Carolyn and Steve Taylor, Larry Trabue, Lisa Campbell, Liesl and Jim Denton, and Michael Dixon.