Social 12-14-2017

La Bella Notte Patron Party

Nashville Opera Guild held its patron party for La Bella Notte at the Noah Liff Opera Center, where guests enjoyed a Spanish themed evening.
Everyone enjoyed cerviche, olives, and vegetables and dip with cocktails and sangria in the lobby. Then they entered the studio, where tables were dramatically set with black cloths and red roses.
The event featured a performance of passionate Spanish songs by baritone Luis Ledesma and a tango dance exhibition by local artists.
Then the group was amazed by the presentation of two huge pans of paella by Chef Lisa Mays. One of these works of art contained seafood, while the other featured chicken and sausage.
La Bella Notte will be held January 20 at the Hilton Nashville Downtown to benefit Nashville Opera education programs. The evening will offer a gourmet meal, specially selected wines, a silent auction, and arias by the opera’s Mary Ragland Emerging Artists.

Mental Health America Dinner

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The dinner for Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee was held at the Omni Hotel, where the Jack C. Massey Leadership Award was presented to the deserving Dr. Colleen Conway Welch.
The award is given every other year to honor individuals whose leadership and accomplishments have enriched the quality of life for citizens of the nation.
Conway Welch had a distinguished career before she arrived at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to become dean of the nursing school. While at Vanderbilt, she further distinguished herself by spear-heading many new projects and instituting a new organizational structure. For details about her career, visit
Supporters of the event included: L.H. Armistead III, Anita Cochran, Mary Harkleroad, Jeff Parrish, Matthew Self, Matthew Smith, Tom Starling, Annette Eskind, Cecile Gideon, Pamela Poe, Manny Sethi, Lady Bird, Dan Surface, Aileen Katcher, and Fred Dettwiller.

Renewal House Event

Renewal House held its annual Thanksgiving event at the Omni Nashville Hotel.

With the theme A Time To Plant, the event was sponsored by Pinnacle Financial Partners.

Renewal House is a comprehensive residential recovery program for addicted women and their children, helping families recover their lives together. Renewal House provides long term residential treatment and is on the front lines of fighting the opioid crisis.

A traditional Thanksgiving meal was served, including a seasonal salad, turkey, carrots, potatoes, and pumpkin pie.

Speakers were Deborah Taylor Tate, Renewal House Board Chair Lolita Toney, and CEO Pamela Sessions.
For more information, call 615-255-5222 or visit