The 36th annual Loyal Royal Secret Order of Hooligans’ premier political social event of the year was recently held at the Al Menah Shrine Temple. Bill Freeman was awarded the prized “Shillelagh.” This annual award recognizes a community figure who has distinguished themselves in keeping with the Hooligan’s basic philosophical approach to life. Former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell gave the keynote comedic speech. The Hooligans was founded in 1982 by accident, which they think is a key to their basic philosophy. The membership is secret within the order but not to the public. Their noble purpose has never been defined, nor do they have any 5-year plan of growth and community impact. They are simply a fun loving group who just need an organized excuse to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
The Formation of the Hooligans
By Paula Underwood Winters
The first St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast was held on Saturday, March 17, 1983.
Mike Murphy was awarded a hand-carved shillelagh at the event, which was so successful and so much fun that this group of rabble rousers decided to hold the event every year and to call themselves Hooligans. They created their creed which starts: The Loyal Royal Secret Order of Hooligans was founded in 1982 by accident which we think is a key to our basic philosophy.
The Hooligans admitted only one new member per year and the person to be awarded the shillelagh each year was kept a secret until the event.
The Hooligans have grown over the years, they have moved out of Bellevue, and now include business and political leaders from all over the Nashville area, but the annual party is still one of the best political and social events of the year.
Classical Charter School Casino Night
The Nashville Classical Charter School held a casino night to raise funds for the school, with proceeds going toward the purchase of uniform scholarships, student supplies, and library books for the coming year.
Founded in 2013, Nashville Classical serves predominantly underprivileged children in East Nashville. The school educates students through a classical curriculum within an achievement-oriented culture, building a strong foundation for high school, college and life.
Currently serving grades K-3, Nashville Classical will add a fourth grade next year and is opening a middle school in 2018. According to the TerraNova, a nationally standardized exam public and private school children take, Nashville Classical’s scholars scored in the 89th (2014) and 94th (2015) Median National Percentile, and achieved eight (2015) extra months of learning.
Everyone at the event enjoyed the casino games and a buffet offering crab cakes, braised beef, barbecue pork, biscuits, a hummus platter, vegetables, Snickerdoodles, blueberry fruit crumb cake, cookies, and more.
Our Kids’ Soup Sunday
More than 1,500 people attended Our Kids Soup Sunday at Nissan Field. The 24th annual event featured 50 of Nashville’s restaurants, who brought huge vats of soup for the attendees to sample. Everyone had a wonderful time strolling from booth to booth, tasting numerous delicious recipes. They also bid on the silent auction, which offered gift baskets, restaurant certificates, sports and music memorabilia and much more. Ballots were carefully filled out to select the favorite soups of the attendees.
The Soup Sunday winners were: •People’s Choice – Lobster Grilled Cheese & Tater Tot by Aquarium Restaurant. •Judges’ Choice – Kimchi Soondubu Jjigae by Funk Seoul Brother. •Most Creative – Peruvian Fish Bisque by Etc.
Judges included: Andrew Little, Aundra Lafayette, Brandt Snedeker, Josh Habiger, Kristin Beringson, Lt. Dan Buckley, Philip Krajeck, Philip Fryman, Tandy Wilson, Trevor Terndrup, and Wells Adams.
Pink Tie Guys Party
The Pink Tie Party was held at Jonathan’s Grille in Green Hills, where the Pink Tie Guys were presented to the guests.
The initiative began in 2013 and is designed to involve the gentlemen of the community, whose lives have been touched by breast cancer, in promoting the message of early detection.
The Pink Tie Program features influential leaders who help mobilize, energize and engage audiences in the breast cancer movement through their role within the community, within their organizations, and through their personal involvement.
This year’s Pink Tie Guys are: Kevin Clingan, Jonathan Hardison, Randall Hebert, Ted McWilliams, Anthony Meluch, Chris Ramsey, George Regitko, Tim Ryan, Greg Thomas, Marc Tressler, and David Vaught.
Between perusing the silent auction and chatting with the honorees, guests enjoyed selecting from a bountiful buffet offering salad, cocktail shrimp, barbecue chicken and pork, quesadillas, salsa, cupcakes with pink frosting and much more.