Christmas Village Sneak-a-Peek
Christmas Village’s preview party, Sneak-a-Peek, was held the night before the huge holiday shopping extravaganza opened to the public.Presented by the Nashville Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club, the event provides funds for the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Speech and Hearing Center and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
As always, shoppers chose from booths offering art, clothing and accessories, toys, Christmas decor, food, jewelry, home decor, health and beauty, and pet gifts.
Committee members included: Shelby Greene, Ashley Seth, Hadley Stack, Katie Winczewski, Ann McKinney, Taylor Brown, Rachel Isom, Becky Griffith, Jeanie du Gan, Susan Booth, Kimberly Crowe, Colleen Bracken, Klair Powers, Kelly Stanford, Angela Bostelman, Jensen Sessums, and Ashley Robin.
Among the many supporters were: Vickie Flood, Sarah Wood, Jane Wilkerson Yount, Simone Acha, Trudy and Whit Clark, Elise Crouch, Nita Hollis, Lisa and Phil Karpos, Kathy Nevill, Marion Oonk, Lucy and Wilbur Sensing, Elaine Youngblood, Kristina Storck, and Tyler Riggins.
Entrepreneur Bash and INSBY Awards
INSBANK recently held its 3rd annual Entrepreneur Bash and INSBY Awards at The Entrepreneur Center in downtown Nashville.
The evening honored local businesses and raised funds for the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, a non-profit organization that connects entrepreneurs with resources to create, launch and grow businesses.
Attendees purchased tickets to the event and one hundred percent of the proceeds were donated to the Entrepreneur Center. Everyone had dinner and drinks while enjoying the music of local bluegrass band Sweetwater Road. The event’s sponsors were NovaCopy, which provided the trophies, and Bounty Bev, which supplied beverages.
This year three award winners were recognized for their innovative approaches to their respective industries: Edley’s Bar-B-Que, Pioneer Coach, and Calvert Street Group.
Guests included: Michael Qualls, Michael Walker, Joanna and Page Barnes, Andy Hawkins, Clint Gwin, Ellis Simmons, Doug Oliver, Doug Rountree, Patrick Wright, Darden Copeland, Chad Hankins, and Will Newman.
Parthenon Conservancy Gala
The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park Gala was decorated in the style of Tennessee’s Centennial Exposition in 1897 and guests were greeted by people in the costumes of the era.
The annual black-tie fundraiser provides support for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, currently in the midst of a revitalization. Everyone entered through a full-scale replica of the Exposition gate as they made their way to the event in the Parthenon.
Caterer Kristin Winston served squash bisque, a green salad, filet of beef, vegetables and chocolate and caramel mousse. Big Events, Inc. created the atmosphere which evoked a modern interpretation of the Centennial Exposition.
Guests included: Colleen Conway Welch, Janet Kurtz, Ronald Gobbell, Alberta and Bob Doochin, Ellen Martin, Gerry Nadeau, Lisa French, Emily and Lee Noel, Elaine and Bruce Sullivan, Melinda and John Buntin, Shari Barkin, Jeff Frumkin, Vandana and Rick Abramson, Josephine Van Devender, Giles Ward, Paula Van Slyke, LeRoy Norton, Jr., Monique Odom, Minnie Horton, Sara Glascock, Jeff Fincher, and Kyla Easterday.
Harvest Moon Event
The 34th annual Harvest Moon event, benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, was held at Loveless Barn, chaired by Debra Taylor and Lynne Warne.
Harvest Moon, the largest annual fundraising event for the organization, took a casual turn, with dressy denim attire and a spirited house band, Super T Revue.
All funds raised will benefit Second Harvest’s feeding programs serving children, families and seniors at risk of hunger throughout 46 counties in Tennessee.
Attendees enjoyed stations featuring Loveless Café fare, including a biscuit bar, fried chicken and catfish, traditional sides, and apple cinnamon cobbler and banana pudding.
This year’s auction offered a week at a Destin vacation home, a weekend at Dancing Bear Lodge in the Smoky Mountains, jewelry, art, concert tickets, and more.
The one live auction item was a Nashville Predators road package, which offered all-inclusive trips to games in St. Louis and Minnesota, including travel on the team charter and accommodations.
Sister Cities Friendship Event
The annual World of Friendship event benefitted Sister Cities of Nashville, a non-profit which seeks to connect Nashvillians with other people in the world, promoting peace, cross cultural understanding and tolerance.
The evening, held at BMI Music, offered an internationally themed silent auction and featured local restaurants and caterers with international fare. Twelve international cuisine stations were on display, with all kinds of goodies.
Honorary Consul General of Germany Douglas Berry, a longtime Nashvillian, was presented with an award for his support of Sister Cities’ mission.
Speakers were U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Haggerty and Vice Mayor and former Sister Cities Board Chair David Briley.
Funds from World of Friendship will support Sister Cities’ outreach programs which include educational, cultural, professional and civic exchange, as well as scholarships for Nashville students in need of financial support to participate in exchanges.
Artclectic Patron Party
The Artclectic Patron Party was held at University School of Nashville (USN), where more than 500 art lovers gathered for the opening of USN’s signature event, which showcased more than 50 artists chosen by a panel of expert jurors.
The three featured artists were Caroline Allison, Kit Reuther and Vadis Turner. Event chairs were Lori Fishel, Nancy Jacobs and Molly Upchurch. Kim Dano and Jennifer Penson served as patron party chairs, and patron party sponsor was Diversified Trust.
Urban Grub provided all kinds of treats, including: a crudo and oyster station, short ribs with pickled onion, shrimp and grits, charcuterie, duck on corn tortillas, and much more.
Proceeds from the event support curricular innovation and classroom excellence at USN.
Guests included: Brad Fishel, Raymond Jacobs, Mike Upchurch, Roy Dano, Susan and Jon Schoenecker, Jan and Jim Ramsey, Adam Dretler, Ann and Tom Curtis, Claire and Drew Berg, Susan Brown, Gabby Friedman, Caroline and Gary Shockley, Anne Westfall, and Melinda and John Buntin