Social 12-8-2016

Belmont Mansion Christmas Patron Party

The Belmont Mansion Christmas Patron Party was held at the elegant home of the lovely Debbie White, who was aided in the hosting duties by her dapper fiancé, Dan Starko.

The house was beautifully decorated for Christmas, with big Christmas trees, an antique handcarved wooden sleigh with a plump Santa inside, and all kinds of other fabulous decorations.

Kristen Winston Catering provided a lavish cocktail buffet offering grit cakes with shrimp, pork tenderloin, crab cakes, vegetables and dip, wild mushroom tarts, several mini desserts, and much more.

A silent auction offered, among other things, a painting of Belmont Mansion by Betty Wentworth, jewelry  and dinners, and guests also bid on trips to Italy, France, Santa Fe, Rosemary Beach, and Key West in the live auction.

Guests included: Mary and Hank Brockman, Jere and Linda Ervin, Phyllis Heard, Shirley and David Horowitz, Rob and Deb Durrett, Morel Enoch Harvey, Mary Evelyn and Clark Jones, Anne Shepherd, Jill Meese, Madeline DeCuyper, Denise LaGrange, Jocelyn McCall, and Don and Yvonne Greene.


Pet Community Center Open House

The Pet Community Center held a fall open house so guests could tour the facilities and meet the organization’s staff and other animal lovers at the event.

Everyone enjoyed cheese, crackers, dip, cookies, chips, hot cider and more.

Pet Community Center is dedicated to strengthening the human-animal bond and ending pet overpopulation.

Since 2011 the organization has served more than 20,000 animals through the spay/neuter clinic, community cat program, and low-cost wellness services.

In June, 2014 the staff opened the spay/neuter clinic and since then has served more than 12,000 animals in the clinic.

Pet Community Center partners with almost 20 local animal welfare groups to provide surgeries to rescue animals, undeserved dogs and pets belonging to low-income pet owners.

For more information about Pet Community Center, call 615-512-5001 or visit


NPT’s Fundraising Event at Mangia

Nashville Public Television (NPT) hosted a fundraising event at Mangia Nashville with public television chef, cookbook author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich.

Mangia owner/chef Nick Pellegrino created a five-course menu inspired by Bastianich’s latest cookbook and his own recipes.

NPT’s event followed the format of Mangia’s weekend feasts, with a break for dancing and singing to Italian-American classics by Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli, and The Rascals.

Guests heard brief speeches from NPT’s President and CEO Beth Curley and Pellegrino. Bastianich spoke about her journey from refugee to television chef and how the legendary Julia Child helped launch her career.

The night’s antipasti included seared scallops with forest mushrooms, and carbonara arancini with spicy arrabiata sauce; the pastas were rigatoni with roasted butternut squash and toasted pecans, followed by Bastianich’s penna alla Norma with roasted eggplant and fresh ricotta.

Umbrian chicken cacciatore and Lidia’s pork tenderloin with balsamic onions were the meat course. For dessert there was dark chocolate budino with amaretti crumble and guests received zeppole to take home.


Christmas Village Sneak-a-Peak

The 56th annual Christmas Village’s Sneak-a-Peek kicked off Nashville’s holiday shopping at the fairgrounds.

Christmas Village is organized and operated through the volunteer efforts of the Nashville Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club to benefit the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center and other Pi Beta Phi philanthropies.

During the 55-year history, the event has generated more than 10 million dollars benefiting thousands of people.
Approximately 260 merchants and 30,000 shoppers from all over the United States participate in the show. A variety of seasonal and gift items are offered, including toys, clothing, jewelry, food items, pottery, collectibles and much more.

Supporters included: Roland Eavey, Sheila Desmond, Tom and Vickie Flood, Ellen Hickey, Sarah Wood, Phyllis and Steve Fridrich, Tonya Arnold, Angela Bostleman, Lucy Sensing, Kathy Nevill, Ann McKinney, Deborah Durrett, and Elise Crouch.


First Folio! Preview Party

Guests gathered at the Parthenon to see First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare, which is on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library.

The Nashville Shakespeare Festival partnered with the Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park for the preview event and fundraiser, which celebrated the exhibit’s launch with a reception and viewing of the First Folio.

A discussion of the exhibit was led by Rev. Dr. Paul Edmundson, head of research and knowledge for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

The Parthenon has been chosen as one of 52 sites in the United States to host the travelling exhibition to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

The First Folio was assembled seven years after Shakespeare’s death and includes 36 of his plays, 18 of which had never been previously published. Without the First Folio, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, As You Like It, The Tempest and several others could have been lost.

The First Folio! exhibit will be on display at the Parthenon to Jan. 8, 2017. For more information, visit


A Step Ahead Foundation Event

Colleen Conway Welch hosted an event in memory of Mary Ruth Shell, one of the founding board members of A Step Ahead Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

The charity is modeled after an organization in Memphis that provides free, long acting, reversible contraception to women in Middle Tennessee.

A Step Ahead partners with local community clinics and nonprofits to enable women to get “a step ahead” by planning their lives, families and babies.

Shell worked diligently to help parents and children in juvenile court and was at A Step Ahead board meeting just one week before she died last year.

Among those who have been served by A Step Ahead, 88% are below the poverty level and 81% are uninsured or on Tenn Care/CHIP.

For more information, visit or call 615-351-4050.