Social 11-23-2017

Bethany Christian Services Event

Making Fairy Tales Come True was held at Richland Country Club to support the adoption services of Bethany Christian Services.
Screen shot 2017-11-22 at 9.31.53 AMFor more than 70 years, Bethany has brought and helped keep families together through adoption and post-adoption services, family counseling, and pregnancy counseling.
Event co-chairs were Kristen Thompson and Kim Hill, who created the beautiful floral arrangements on the tables, and the evening was emceed by DiDi Hill.
Everyone enjoyed the lively silent auction organized by the Bethany staff and volunteers.And all enjoyed a wonderful meal of roasted pork tenderloin with mashed potatoes and green beans. Desert was a delicious chocolate and raspberry cake. Guests included: Sarah James Myatt, Erin Stanley, Steve and Nan Mays, Mike Hill, Mandy Johnson, Grace and Daniel Hallock, Grant Hartman, Leah London, Webb White, Andrea Haynes, Joan and Billy White, and Suzanne Clark.

Frist Gala Kickoff

The Frist Gala Kickoff was held for the committee at Jennifer and Gus Puryear’s historic family home in Woodmont Estates, where more than 50 guests enjoyed cocktails alfresco with Co-chairs Dara Russell and Mary Jo Shankle. Catering was provided by Kristen Winston, who featured European-themed menu items like mini Caesar salads, a charcuterie spread, Mediterranean cucumber bites and grilled shrimp with Romesco sauce.

Screen shot 2017-11-22 at 9.34.41 AMThe floral arrangements were designed by J. Mike Smith and the Roman-themed shortbread cookies, which served as party favors, were created by Southern Shortbread. From servers wearing laurel wreaths to cocktail napkins reading “carpe diem” and other well-known Latin phrases, guests couldn’t help but get excited about the gala’s theme: Rome: City and Empire. And coming up at The Frist from February 23 to May 28  will be the exhibition Rome: City and Empire, with more than 200 of the British Museum’s Roman objects.


Jazzmania, hosted by Nashville Jazz Workshop, was held at The Factory to support jazz music and education in Middle Tennessee.  This year, the online auction included “Small Works,” custom art pieces created for Nashville Jazz Workshop by artists across the USA, tickets to events, dinner packages, and more.
Screen shot 2017-11-22 at 9.36.30 AMThe annual jazz party featured musical entertainment by GRAMMY-Award winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum, along with the Henry Paul Trio, the Evan Cobb/Matt White Quintet, and Jazz Workshop Camp students Henry Paul, Griffin Photoglou, Trinity Brown, and Jackson Mayhall. Sargeant’s Catering provided a delicious buffet which offered Coq au Vin, lasagna, mashed potatoes, kale salad, and four mini desserts. The Nashville Jazz Workshop is a community center for jazz, with classes for all ages, instruments, and levels; public performances; and special events for the community. For more information, visit

ALS Event

The ALS Association Tennessee Chapter’s inaugural Handbags for Hope took place at Richland Country Club and was hosted by SiriusXM’s radio sportscaster, author, and motivational speaker Rachel Baribeau.

The charity purse auction featured all kinds of handbags up for bid, as well as wine, live music, and gourmet food. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. Screen shot 2017-11-22 at 9.38.29 AM
Every dollar raised through the event will be used to provide critical services to patients in need in Tennessee, including free medical equipment, in-home patient visits by trained social workers, and respite care relief for caregivers, as well as research and clinical trials.
For more information about ALS Association, visit

West Meade Conservation Celebration

Carol Nestler and Mary Kowalski hosted a celebration for the West Meade Conservancy to mark the completion of a second set of easements. The conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the woodlands and wildlife of West Meade as a vital link in Nashville’s ecological corridor.
Screen shot 2017-11-22 at 9.41.23 AMThe conservation easements celebrated at the event were for the properties of Ron and Susan Denes and Dan and Rene Lindstrom. Working with the Land Trust of Tennessee, these easements are voluntary contracts by the landowner placing restrictions on future use of all or part of the properties in order to protect scenic and wildlife resources.  Everyone enjoyed hot dogs, veggie dogs, chips and drinks as they welcomed new neighbors, reviewed recent accomplishments, brain stormed for ideas for the next easements, and addressed any questions about the project. They also discussed ways to protect the area’s trees with the cooperation of Metro’s Urban Forester.

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Cumberland River Compact Supper

The Cumberland River Compact held its Supper on the Cumberland at the Bridge Building, with cocktails served in the new 5th floor office space.
A seated dinner followed in the River Center, with delicious food prepared by Johnny Haffner.
Begun in 1997, the nonprofit works to enhance the health and enjoyment of the Cumberland River and its tributaries through education, collaboration, and action.Screen shot 2017-11-22 at 9.43.34 AM
Four of the organization’s founders, Berdelle Campbell, Bill Coble, Bill Forrester and Paul Sloan, were recognized at the event. Music was provided by longtime Nashville favorite John Pell and his equally talented son, Derek Pell.  The late Shirley Caldwell-Patterson inspired many of the early founders, who also included: Martin Brown, Andrew and Marianne Byrd, Bill and Jane Coble, Arleen Barnett, Barney and Elena Byrd, Benjamin and Allyson Byrd, Elizabeth Queener, Sylvia Roberts, John Noel, Melinda Welton, Ellen Martin, Dan and Lori Canale, George Cate, David and Libby Patterson, Mack Pritchard, Pete Kopscak, and Jack Hooper.

Woman’s Club Luncheon

The Woman’s Club held a luncheon where the speaker was Joyce Blaylock, author of the new book Adelicia, about Adelicia Acklen, first owner of Belmont Mansion. Everyone enjoyed a lunch by Karla’s Catering, which offered beef and bean casserole, green salads, homemade wheat crackers, and banana pudding. Blaylock, a Nashville native, was intrigued by Acklen’s ability to triumph despite the obstacles, her tackling of the unexpected with force, and her perseverance to endure, which led Blaylock to write her story.
Screen shot 2017-11-22 at 9.45.21 AMAcklen is a clever and brilliant heroine, whose powerful and willful spirit leads her through both triumph and sorrow, through perils and conflict, and yet leaves her with the drive to meet the unexpected. Against all odds, Acklen breaks with tradition, accomplishing what she sets out to do. And although her encounters with grief, disfavor and adversity are of the deepest kind, she never surrenders to what fate sends her way, nor allows herself to become its victim.