Drive for Dinger Dinner
The Drive for Dinger Dinner was part of the Heimerdinger Foundation’s celebrity golf tournament, dinner and auction.
The events are held in memory of Mike “Dinger” Heimerdinger, who died from cancer in 2010. The foundation named for him provides nutrient-rich meals to patients fighting cancer during a time when eating right can make a big difference.
The foundation also works to educate the Nashville community about proper nutrition.
Held at Embassy Suites Cool Springs, the dinner was emceed by Gary Chapman. Members of the Heimerdinger family spoke to the group, including Dinger’s widow, Kathie, and his children, Brian Heimerdinger and Alicia Heimerdinger Pepe.
A large silent auction brought in much needed funds for the organization and a live auction offered a trip to New York to see the Jets; Colorado and Pebble Beach golf experiences with Mike Shanahan, former coach of the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins; and a fishing trip with Jeff Fisher, former Titans coach.
Both Shanahan and Fisher worked with Dinger and held him in high regard.
For more information about the charity, visit www.heimerdingerfoundation.com.
DoxZen Yoga and Party
A unique event featuring humans practicing yoga with their dachshunds was followed by a party for participants.
The yogi and their dogs gathered at The Farm at Natchez Trace in the daycare barn for the first DoxZen Yoga + Chill.
The dachshunds participated in the first few yoga poses, and then decided they wanted a more aerobic type of exercise and they ran all over the big room while their people tried to remain serene.
Anyone who did a pose that resulted in their face being near the floor was sure to get a lick from one of the dogs.
After the yoga class the dogs and people enjoyed splash time and refreshments. The Farm provided its healthy treats for the canines.
The event was sponsored by Nashville Wiener Romp, a community organization for “dachshunds and the people who love them.” The group meets at least once a month during the warmer months for play dates.
For more information about the dachshund group, visit www.http://nashvillewienerromp.strikingly.com/.
Gilda’s Club Event
Gilda’s Club Nashville held its Behind the Red Door reception at Cabana’s, where officials revealed several updates about the 19-year-old charity.
While enjoying a variety of pizzas and perusing the silent auction, guests learned the name of the organization is changing to Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee and the programs are expanding to help more cancer patients.
A private foundation whose mission is to impact health and education in Tennessee has granted Gilda’s Club $160,000 and committed to give another $160,000 if Gilda’s Club can match that amount from other donors by year’s end.
The organization helps more than 2,200 cancer patients and their families and friends through support groups, mind-body classes, social activities and other educational resources.
Gilda’s Club plans will use the new funding to increase the individual counseling service from 80 to 200 people.
Also, the charity will offer Open to Options, a planning tool for decision-making conversations with health care providers, and Gilda’s On The Go, which will take educational workshops and lectures to locations in the community.
West Meade Conservancy Signing
A signing ceremony was held at the home of Ron and Susie Denes for land owned by the Denes and their neighbors, Daniel and Rene Lindstrom, which will forever be protected from development by The Land Trust of Tennessee.
The West Meade Conservancy is a grassroots group of volunteers dedicated to preserving key natural areas in west Nashville neighborhoods for future generations. The organization, along with The Land Trust, assists homeowners in putting a portion of their properties in a conservation easement.
The Conservancy celebrated this second set of conservation easements signings with lunch in the Denes’ lovely, wooded back yard, along with beverages for toasting.
The mission of The Land Trust is to protect natural and historic landscapes by the purchase or donation of land to be protected and serving as stewards of protected lands, ensuring that conservation agreements are respected.
For more information about conserving land in west Nashville, email Westmeade@gmail.com.