Social 5-11-2017

Andrew Jackson’s 250th Birthday Event

An Evening with Five Presidents was held in the Andrew Jackson Center at The Hermitage as part of the celebration of President Andrew Jackson’s 250th birthday.
Jackson, born on March 15, 1767 to immigrant parents in humble circumstances, rose to the highest elected office in the nation. He was a pioneer, lawyer, judge, farmer, military hero, politician and seventh president of the United States.
For the event, reenactors from Philadelphia portrayed the Founding Fathers of the country, including Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Monroe, and Jackson.
History came to life as these early leaders shared challenges and highlights of their presidencies, as well as what was going on in the country during the time they were in office. Attendees also learned about the legacy Jackson inherited from these men, and how he shaped the role of the presidency for future generations.
Before and after the program, Chef’s Market provided a wonderful cocktail buffet offering country ham on biscuits, mini beef Wellingtons, fried green tomatoes, Nashville hot chicken, fruit skewers, candied bacon-wrapped figs, truffles, and cheesecake lollipops.


“A Tennessee Waltz” Committee Reception

Belle Meade Country Club was the backdrop for this year’s “A Tennessee Waltz” Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Committee reception, chaired by Carol and John Rochford and the late Senator Douglas Henry.  This committee plays an integral part in supporting the Tennessee State Museum Foundation’s annual fundraising gala.  The Committee provides community and statewide support for the event, which underwrites the operation of the museum’s Foundation and funds special artifact purchases and educational activities throughout the year.

Community Shares’ Chili Cookoff

Community Shares Tennessee held its 5th annual Nashville Chili Festival at The Basement East, where everyone sampled about 30 chili recipes, enjoyed live music, experienced a chili pepper eating contest, and sipped Yazoo Brewery brews.

The event raises money to support a number of area organizations which help those who are disenfranchised, protect the environment, empower those with disabilities, and more.

The Chili Cookoff winners were:
•Grand Champion – The District Bar and Kitchen, in Hotel Indigo)
•1st Place Professional – Hillwood Pub
•1st Place Individual/Amateur – GJ
•Runner Up Professional – Dawg House Saloon
•2nd Place Individual/Amateur – Nashville Napalm
•Fan Favorite – GJ

Judges included Joe Dubin, Stephanie White, and Dan D. Bradley.

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Little Pantry That Could Event

The Little Pantry That Could, a food pantry combating food insecurity in Nashville, hosted its first fundraiser, with proceeds going to the nonprofit’s building fund.

The Little Pantry’s Big Adventure was a scavenger hunt, with teams of five competing to find clues and perform stunts. An after party was held at Springwater Supper Club.

Event proceeds will fund a new, larger space for The Pantry to accommodate more families and allow for a wider variety of food to be distributed. The Pantry currently works out of the 600-square-foot basement of The McGruder Family Resource Center. Each week, it serves 200 families and provides up to 13,000 pounds of food.
Each team was to find five targets using riddled clues and perform ten “stunts” along the way. Targets included the Elvis Presley guitar on Music Row and the pink-spectacled elephant in West Nashville.
Stunts included line dancing with a stranger in a cowboy hat and making up an original rap about The Pantry.
The winners were:

•1st place, The Rotary Ramblers, led by Jim Shulman, who won admission to Fontanel.
•2nd place, The Clues Brothers, led by Katie Ferguson, who won a Sippin’ at the Symphony package.
•3rd place, The Nissan Pathfinders, led by Greg Cason, who won personal training sessions with Ken Turner.

The Pantry was established in 2010 to provide produce and shelf-stable items at no charge to those affected by the 2010 Nashville flood.

Today, The Pantry helps people across Davidson and surrounding counties, provides referrals to other agencies and coordinates with local organizations to host food stamp, housing, employment and health care clinics.
The Little Pantry That Could is staffed entirely by volunteers.

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JDRF Gala Patron Party

The JDRF Promise Gala Patron Party was hosted by Laura and Charlie Niewold and Melanie and David Baker at the Niewold’s lovely home.

Mary Whitehead catered the event and waiters passed lots of delicious blue cheese biscuits with beef tenderloin, mini BLTs, deviled eggs, cocktail shrimp, brownies and lemon squares.
Vases of beautiful roses and orchids decorated the home.

A preview of the auction items for the gala included: a trip to a villa in Mexico, a dinner party for ten, a Titans package, a tour of Pappy Van Winkle, a Breckenridge Mountain trip, a pearl necklace, a visit to an apartment in Florence, and more.

Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D.

Among the important research areas funded by JDRF are artificial pancreas, beta cell replacement, glucose control, prevention and others.

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