An Evening for 65 Roses
The 9th annual Evening for 65 Roses to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was billed as a toe-tappin’ good time.
More than 200 attendees enjoyed the casually elegant evening of award-winning singer/songwriters in the round and the world famous cuisine of the Loveless Café.
Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers was this year’s headlining performer. Johnston, a prolific singer/songwriter, has penned chart topping hits including Listen to the Music, Jesus is Just Alright, Long Train Running, China Grove, The Doctor and Rockin Down the Highway.
Steve Branch and Dean Scallan led Bid for a Cure, and sang their song The Dash, written in tribute to Steve Branch’s son, Theron Branch, who died in 2013 at age 23 after suffering throughout his life with cystic fibrosis.
Emcee was Evan Farmer, an actor, musician, designer, songwriter, television personality, and author. He is known for his role in MTV’s film and series 2ge+her.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has helped the treatment of the disease come a long way. When the Foundation was established in 1955, children with CF rarely lived long enough to attend elementary school.
Due in large part to the Foundation’s aggressive investments in innovative research and comprehensive care, many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
In 1989, CF Foundation-supported scientists discovered the defective gene that causes cystic fibrosis, a monumental breakthrough on the road to a cure.
The foundation also played an integral role in the development and FDA approval of five therapies that are now part of regular treatment regimens for many with CF.
At the fundraiser, the silent auction offered jewelry, purses, luggage, stuffed animals, wine, tires, art, golf and much more.
Committee members included: Char Brauer, Shannon Yeater, Kim Hornton, Allison Reichenbach, Krissie Self, and Leigh Adams.
Classical Charter School Casino Night: Part 2
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: Part 2
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: Part 2
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.