Authors in the Round
The 10th annual Authors in the Round, part of the Southern Festival of Books, was held in the War Memorial Auditorium.
At the dinner, more than 40 authors served as guests of honor, with one seated at each table. The individuals behind some of America’s newly released books gave attendees a night of engaging conversations.
Todd Bottorff is the founding chair of the event and Jean Bottorff served as honorary chair. Among the authors who participated this year were Jami Attenberg, Chris Bohjalian, Clyde Edgerton, Nicole Krauss and Stephanie Powell Watts. Proceeds from the evening benefit the Southern Festival of Books, a free, three-day celebration of the written word that annually attracts about 25,000 attendees to experience books, food, entertainment and culture. Supporters included: Denny Bottorff, Melissa and Jay Wellons, Josephine Vandevender, Giles Ward, Keith and Jon Meacham, Anne and Tim Nichols, Kathryn and Gray Sasser, Anna and Phil Cramer, and Vandana and Rick Abramson.
TN Voices for Children Gala
Tennessee Voices for Children (TVC) hosted its 2nd annual Green Ribbon Gala at the Westin Hotel.
The event was a black tie dinner with cocktails and a silent auction. Tipper Gore, TVC’s founder, was the honorary chair.
TVC is a statewide non-profit agency that advocates for children’s mental health and their families. It offers screening for at risk youths and support and training for their families. Everyone enjoyed an appetizer of fried green tomatoes, grilled herb encrusted chicken breasts over mashed potatoes, fillet of beef and green beans. Key lime pie and chocolate truffle cake were served for desert.
The large auction offered all kinds of items up for bid including: dinner for two at Stoney River Steakhouse, a Chattanooga date night, a Strider 12″ Balance Bike, a Pure Barre gift certificate, a getaway at The Westin, a Nash Trash Tour, a Belcourt Theatre membership, a gift from Pennington Distilling Co., tickets to Zoo Knoxville, an organic skin care set, and gift certificates from J. Alexander’s and Amerigo.
Studio Tenn’s One Night Only
Studio Tenn’s annual One Night Only fundraiser was held at The Factory and featured cocktails, an incredible online auction, dinner and then the piece de la resistance – a dynamite show. The stage was filled with a stellar lineup of talent, both local and from Broadway. The auction proceeds crossed the $80,000 mark.
Studio Tenn Artistic Director Matt Logan was emcee, a participant in the show and designer of the show and setting. Tables were laid in white, with white roses and burning alabaster votives. Among the crowd were Honorary Chairs Emily Magid, and Jean and Denny Bottorff; Patsy Weigel, Trey Lipman,
Marilyn and Calvin Lehew, Vivian and David Garrett, Teresa Anderson, Angela and Porter Calhoun, Kay Heller, Marty and Ronald Ligon, Joy Roper, Mimi and Russ Heldman, Annie Goetze, Nancy Russell, Andrew Potts, Chuck Blackburn, and Linda and Ken Moore.
SAC’s “Safe Bar” Kickoff
The Sexual Assault Center (SAC) held a kickoff for its Safe Bar Bystander Intervention Training Program at Bar Louie, hosted by Chad Apap, the bar’s director of operations.
The Safe Bar Project is a bystander intervention awareness and outreach initiative for establishments that serve alcohol. The new program aims to help make Nashville a safer city by training bar and restaurant staff to “do something if they see something.”
SAC officials hope all restaurants, bars and other entertainment venues that serve alcohol will participate. The program teaches participants to be aware of how alcohol is used as a tool for sexual violence, to know the strategies of an offender, and how to disrupt perpetrators. Through the Safe Bar Project, establishments will send a clear message they value the safety of the customers and that staff are concerned, aware and attentive.
The link to the online training is: besafeatlast.com/safe-bar.aspx. For more information, visit www.sacenter.org or call 615-259-9055.