Social 12-15-2016

Belmont Mansion Christmas Dinner

The Belmont Mansion Christmas Dinner began with a cocktail party at Mary France Rudy’s beautifully decorated home on Belmont Boulevard, after which guests rode the trolley to the mansion to see the historic home’s lavish Victorian holiday trimmings and to browse the gift shop.

After all the guests were seated, the gorgeous Sharon Sandahl, as Adelicia Acklen, appeared on the grand staircase to welcome the revelers. Her handsome husband, Todd Sandahl, portrayed Joseph Acklen and escorted his wife to her seat.

The lovely centerpieces, designed by Sharon Sandahl, contained white roses, hydrangeas and other blooms. Carolers sang for the crowd and Steve Sirls dressed as Father Christmas to hand out gifts.

Kristen Winston Catering prepared a delightful dinner offering mixed baby greens, filet of beef, vegetables and sticky toffee pudding with vanilla  ice cream.

Guests included: Lindsey and Kimberly Cooper, Jan Van Eys, Judith Hodges, Shelley and Bill Harwell, Elaina Scott, and Kent and Donna Thompson.

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The Bluebird at Belmont Village

In celebration of serving Nashville seniors for 17 years, Belmont Village Green Hills partnered with Bluebird Café for an annual fundraising event benefiting the Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging, a nonprofit research organization for quality geriatric care.

Belmont Village and Bluebird presented some of Music Row’s most celebrated songwriters for a “Writers in the Round,” cocktail reception and silent auction.

Featured songwriters Allen Shamblin, Aaron Barker and Karen Staley donated their time and talents for the event.

Auction items included a Nashville Predators gift pack including tickets, an Arrington Vineyards gift pack with wine, wine glasses and autographed items, and a Bluebird gift package.

Everyone enjoyed a cocktail buffet offering barbecue sandwiches, a fruit and cheese display, southwest chicken eggrolls, artichoke dip, petit fours, and more.

The research conducted at the Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging is to improve quality of care and quality of life for older adults in a variety of care settings.


Monroe Harding’s Fostering Joy

Fostering Joy was a benefit for Monroe Harding, held at Rocketown and presented by Dollar General.

Fostering Joy is the largest annual fundraising event for Monroe Harding, the foster care and youth services organization that has been helping young people since 1893.

With a 1980s theme, the event included a cocktail hour followed by a buffet dinner by Beyond Details and dessert by Nothing Bundt Cakes. Everyone enjoyed Caesar salad, Mediterrean chicken, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, and eggplant parmesan.

In addition to an extensive silent auction, Fostering Joy featured a live auction, conducted by David Allen of Music City Auctions, with travel experiences, VIP concert and sports packages, collectibles and other items.

Bidders vied for gift cards to Green Hills Grille, 360, Demos and Red Pony, trips to Mexico Beach and Steamboat Springs, a guitar signed by Jon Bon Jovi, a six course dinner for eight by Johnny Hafner, and Predators and Titans packages.

DJ Chris Faulk and the 80s dance party band Rubiks Groove provided the evening’s musical entertainment.
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Siloam Health Celebration

A crowd of nearly 800 people gathered at the Omni Nashville Hotel for Siloam Health’s 25th Anniversary Gala, presented by HCA/TriStar.

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Siloam Health President and CEO Morgan Wills, and artist Audrey Assad highlighted Siloam’s past and present impact while painting a vision for the future.

Milton and Denice Johnson were honorary chairs, and host committee members included Barbara and Jack Bovender, Bill and Tracy Frist, Patricia and Thomas Frist, Jr., and Irene and Ridley Wills.

For dinner, guests enjoyed herb-seared chicken along with Dauphinoise potatoes and slow-cooked green beans, topped off with buttermilk pie. Floral centerpieces were provided by T. Villager Designs, consisting of mini hydrangeas, and tea, mondial and circus roses, with accents of kale and hypericum berries.

The evening was capped off with an after-party hosted by Siloam’s newly launched Next Generation Board with music from The Downtown Band.

More information on Siloam Health can be found at


JDRF Gala Kickoff

The JDRF Promise Gala Kickoff Party was held at the Omni Nashville Hotel.

The 17th Annual JDRF Promise Gala will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017, also at the Omni. The black tie evening will include a cocktail reception, seated dinner, auction, and musical entertainment, followed by the Late Party where guests can enjoy drinks, dancing, and a dessert bar.

At the kickoff, Gondwanaland Opals & Gems brought lovely pieces of jewelry for sale and donated a portion of purchases made to the charity. The jeweler also donated an African ruby valued at $23,000, which was won in a drawing by John and Lisa Marquardt.

Everyone enjoyed hors d’oeuvres including crab cakes, beef canapes, cheeses, fruit, vegetables and dip and more.

Among the guests were: Jonathan Holmes, Rachel Bell, Simon Bexon, Suzanne and Jay Bingham, Griffin and Hillary Bonham, Jenny Holder, Laura Niewold, Alicia Vallarta, Mary Webb Nolan, Karey Witty, Renee York-McKenzie,  Rob  and Tiffany Horton, Lynn Hutson, Marlene and Michael  Kopczynski, and Dan Piotrowski.