Social 9-29-2016

Mad Hatter

The Sexual Assault Center’s main fundraiser, Mad Hatter, was held at the Omni Hotel, where Co-chairs Cynthia Arnholt and Mary Wilson put together a wonderful event.

Upon arrival, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while they perused a large silent auction chaired by Kathy Dorr and Ashley Larence.

Up for bid were wine and spirits, trips, tickets to the Titans vs Cleveland game, jewelry, a guitar autographed by Taylor Swift, dinner for ten at Rolf and Daughters, Keith Urban concert tickets, UT vs Alabama football tickets and tailgating, gift certificates to numerous restaurants, and much more.

Later, everyone went into the huge ballroom, where 400 people enjoyed a delicious meal, which included a green salad, a dual entree featuring grilled chicken and beef tenderloin, and New York cheesecake.

Among the committee members were: Shannon Finucane, Gwen Gordon, Karee Hays, Dana Oman, Adrienne Knestrick, Mary Morgan Ketchel, Jay Joyner, Catherine Playto, Lindsey Rhodes, Nora Kirby, and Lorie Duke.

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Seriously Seersucker Event

On the last Saturday of seersucker season, Robert Hicks hosted his second Seriously Seersucker event at O’More College of Design.

The party featured a Southern-style dinner catered by Franklin’s Cool Café, a signature cocktail called “The Orphan Mother” in honor of Hicks’ forthcoming novel, and music entertainment from the Jimmy Church Band.

Attendees donned the event’s namesake fabric, with several designs created by O’More students and alumni. Proceeds benefited the O’More Student Scholarship Fund.


Chukkers for Charity

Guests gathered at Orrin and Lee Ann Ingram’s beautiful Riverview Farm for the 20th annual Chukkers for Charity to raise funds for Rochelle Center and Saddle Up!

The polo match and vintage car show celebrated 20 years and its “emerald anniversary” with Oz inspired décor in the patron tent and nearby tailgating area.

The Nissan Autoweek home team included local favorite players, such as Orrin Ingram, James Armstrong and Stevie Orthwein, who played against the Kentucky Mt. Brilliant Polo team, featuring top polo player Santiago Chavanne.

The match ended with a Mt. Brilliant Polo 5-4 victory, just as the rain rolled in to Riverview Farm. Despite the storm, the patron dinner was served and concluded with a rainbow, somewhere over the polo field.

The 20th annual Chukkers for Charity raised more than $200,000 for Rochelle Center and Saddle Up!

The Rochelle Center offers support for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the greater Nashville area.

Saddle Up! provides recreational therapeutic horse riding for children and youth with disabilities.

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Operation Stand Down Cocktail Party

Operation Stand Down’s cocktail party prior to its annual fundraising breakfast was held at the organization’s offices.

At the party, VIPs were invited to meet the breakfast keynote speaker, Keni Thomas, who told about life lessons of leadership he learned from his experiences as an Army Ranger during Black Hawk Down.

Thomas is now a country music singer and motivational speaker who lives in Nashville.

He was a member of Task Force Ranger as a part of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, and served in the Battle of Mogadishu. He has written a book about his experiences, Get it On, What it Means to Lead the Way.

Operation Stand Down Tennessee assists veterans and their families so they can be self-sustaining and better connected to the community. It operates a service center providing and coordinating  a variety of services for veterans and their families, with special emphasis on those who are homeless.

For more information about Operation Stand Down, visit


Artclectic Kickoff

University School of Nashville (USN) held a kickoff for its 20th annual Artclectic, which will bring together more than 50 artists, chosen by a jury.

The kickoff was held at the David Lusk Gallery, where Urban Grub’s executive chef prepared all kinds of goodies on site, including shrimp toast, cuddle fish and black rice, lamb biscuits, and a fabulous charcuterie board with prosciutto, ham, figs, cheeses and more.

Representing 17 states from California to New York, the artists at Artclectic will be present a diverse assortment of art, including painting, ceramics, mixed media, jewelry, glass, sculpture, photography and more.

The show provides valuable art education for USN students and the community through demonstrations, class tours and hands-on workshops. Proceeds from the event are earmarked for the Artclectic Endowment Fund for Innovative Teaching.

The patron party will be Thursday, October 27 at USN. On Friday, October 28 at USN there will be education for students and that evening will be ArtBash. The show will be open to the public on Saturday, October 29.



Swan Ball 2017 Auction Kickoff

The Swan Ball 2017 Auction Kickoff was held at the home of Barbara and Greg Hagood, where Swan Ball Co-chairs Jody Hull and Amy Liz Riddick, along with Auction Co-chairs Carter Dawson, Amy Richards, and Rebecca Rutledge, officially launched the auction.

The team of auction committee members were on hand to learn details of the work ahead.

After a business meeting, everyone went out to the patio for dinner, which offered a buffet by Kristen Winston Catering with a butter lettuce salad, Mediterranean Chicken, Strozzapreti Pasta Primavera, and mini desserts.

Guests included: Chris Dawson, Clay Richards, Grant Rutledge, Swan Ball Auction Advisory Committee Chairs Sylvia and Doug Bradbury, Amy and Kenneth Adams, Nancy and David Benskin, Sutton and Pete Constanza, Elizabeth and David Wells, Paige Bainbridge, Shannon Finucane, Elizabeth Lamar, Lexie Armstrong, Blair Laborde, Shea Ghertner, Karly Hart, Mary Lewis, Mindy Jacoway, Laura Bearden, Julie Haley, Jennifer Puryear, Whitney Schickling, Jessie Yancey, Wendy Gatto, Madie Smith, Julie Walker, and Barby White.