Seton Patron Party
Kanya Raja hosted the Seton Celebration Gala patron party, where Capers Catering served a meal of grilled Romaine salads, giant raviolis, three flavors of gelatto with mini chocolate biscotti, and more.
Gala chairs were Mary Jo and Steve Shankle and Burkley and Newt Allen and honorees were Michael Christie, Nancye and James Clayton, Cornelia Graves, Doyle Rippee and First Tennessee Bank.
All proceeds from the Seton Celebration benefit the Dispensary of Hope and patients in need at Baptist Hospital and Saint Thomas Hospital.
Supporters included: Patricia and Kent Kyger, Joan and Ben Rechter, Amy Page, Robert and Jacqueline Hutton, Jessica Poe, Steve and Jane Tai, Patti and Subir Prasad, Paul and Cameron Jones, Candy Brence, Sally and Geoff Smallwood, Jon and Kristin Bollinger, Phoebe and Pat Venable, Emily and Jason Hubbard, Larry and Elizabeth Papel, Tony and Margaret Heard, Chris and Shaun Williams, Liz Schatzlein, Rosemary Walters, Harris Haston, Carlene LeBous, Lori and Bernie Sherry, Bob and Carol McCorkle, Rose and Doug Grindstaff, Cathy and Craig Polkow, Chris and Tannja Foster, and Christina and Mark Reiter.
Nashville humanitarian John Seigenthaler was honored at the annual You Have the Power “Powerhouse Awards” for a lifetime devoted to defending free speech and fighting for justice.
The award ceremony took place at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Participants in the program included dignitaries, colleagues, friends, and family of Seigenthaler from across the state and country, including Nashville Mayor Karl Dean; Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam; former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen; and former First Lady of Tennessee, Andrea Conte, who is the founder of You Have the Power, a nonprofit that educates and empowers those impacted by violent crimes.
The ceremony followed a public dedication during which the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge was renamed The John Seigenthaler Bridge.
Dean, Haslam and Conte dedicated the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge to honor the award-winning journalist. As a reporter at The Tennessean, Seigenthaler saved a man from jumping off the bridge in 1954.
In addition to giving Seigenthaler the Powerhouse Award, You Have The Power presented a program of song and poetry to honor Seigenthaler’s remarkable life, including his service during the Kennedy Administration to protect Freedom Riders; his career as a reporter, editor and publisher of The Tennessean during which he championed the Civil Rights Movement and advocated for the powerless; his role as USAToday’s founding editorial director; and his founding of the John Seigenthaler First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University.
Five prominent Middle Tennessee professionals were honored at the 12th annual Father of the Year awards dinner at the Omni Hotel.
The dinner recognized fathers who have demonstrated the ability to balance their personal and professional lives while serving as outstanding role models in their respective communities.
The honorees were: Walter Clair, Brentwood medical director, Vanderbilt University; Manuel, president/owner, Manuel American Designs Inc.; William H. Freeman, chairman/co-founder, Freeman Webb, Inc.; Randy Lowry, president, Lipscomb University; and J.R. Roper, general manager, Lexus of Nashville.
The Bal d’Hiver Mother-Daughter Court gathering was held at the The Rosewall, where about 65 members of the 2014 Bal d’Hiver presentation ball court and their mothers celebrated the event, which is set for November 28.
Mothers and pages of the court who attended to be photographed for the program were Beth Seigenthaler Courtney with twins, Tom and Adeline, Lydia MacDonald with daughter, Sinclair, and Whitney Musser with son, Hunter.
Everyone enjoyed sushi by Virago and champagne cocktails provided by The Wine Chap. Event hosts were Bal Chairs Irwin Fisher and Anne Riegle and the Bal d’Hiver committee. The honorary chair for the Bal is Jane Buchanan Corcoran.
Beneficiaries of the Bal d’Hiver are CASA, Family and Children’s Service, and the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation.
Guests included: Carolyn Fisher, Sherry and Mary West, Babs and Mary Beth Ogelsby, Tracy and Maureen Frazier, Leigh and Katie Zimmerman, Melissa and Abby Henry, Adelaide Davis, Janie Hannon, Cathy and Sara Brown, Barby and Molly White.
BMI hosted the 41st Annual Music City Tennis Invitational kickoff reception at its Music Row office and provided an opportunity for the tournament’s players, sponsors and supporters to gather before the MCTI weekend charity tournament at Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center at Vanderbilt.
MCTI is the longest running music related charity tennis tournament in the country and this year’s event was held to benefit the Center for Child Development at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
BMI’s Nancy Moore created a festive party décor. Tables were draped in coral and turquoise cloths and topped with glass vases of floral arrangements filled with coral roses, yellow calla lilies, and parrot tulips. Susan’s Catering provided pork tenderloin biscuits, an array of gourmet cheeses, fruits and crudités, chicken salad in pastry shells, and assorted desserts.
Highlights of the evening were trophy presentations to Dave Rowland, for his four decades of playing in the tournament, and to James Slater, for his decade of entertaining at Children’s Hospital.