Social 9-8-2016

Cumberland Heights Opening

Nashville-based alcohol and drug treatment center Cumberland Heights officially opened its new Music Row Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) with an open house and ribbon cutting that included Mayor Megan Barry, musician John Hiatt and many other community leaders and supporters of Cumberland Heights.

IOPs offer alternatives to inpatient treatment for patients who seek daytime and evening counseling in order to continue with their schooling or careers.

IOPs offer flexible scheduling, group therapy, 12-Step meetings and specialized family therapy. The Music Row IOP is located at 1619  17th Avenue South.

George Boedecker, who originally came to Nashville years ago to be involved in the music industry, created the Boedecker Foundation that purchased and renovated the Music Row building for Cumberland Heights, making this new IOP possible.

Since its founding in 1966, Cumberland Heights has built a reputation for helping many music industry professionals recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

The Music Row IOP places a 12 step-based rehabilitative program nearer those who need it most and affords more flexible care for those who do not need the medical detoxification that requires inpatient care.

The Music Row IOP is Cumberland Heights’ tenth outpatient facility in Tennessee and the first in the central part of Nashville. The organization opened its first IOP in 1987.

Cumberland Heights’ mission is to transform lives, giving hope and healing to those affected by alcohol or drug addiction. As a non-profit organization, Cumberland Heights serves approximately 2,500 men, women and adolescents each year.

Among those who attended the opening of the new building were: Leslie Dabrowiak, Debbie Carroll, Tom Morales, Jennifer Masley, Randal Lea, Jay Perkins, Jaime Gibbons, Dovie Coleman, and Dan LaVelle.



Sexual Assault Center Patron Party

The Sexual Assault Center (SAC) Mad Hatter Patron Party was held at the lovely home of Kent and Nora Kirby.

Mad Hatter has been SAC’s premier fundraising event for 25 years.

The event attracts more than 400 people each year and helps raise critical funds that directly impact survivors of sexual violence to provide healing for children, adults and families affected by sexual assault and to help end sexual violence through counseling, education, and advocacy.

Cynthia Arnholt and Mary Wilson are the co-chairs of the gala evening, which will be held on Friday, September 9 at the Omni Nashville Hotel.

Committee members include: Brenda Barker, Birgitta Williamson, Sarah Bartholomew, Beth West, Nancy Benskin, Mandy Welch, Angela Bostelman, Ashley Stringfellow, Tonya Stevens, Nancy Bunting, Cindy Shafer, Lisa Campbell, Angie Rzasnicki, Rebecca Rutledge, and Kelly Crook.

Tickets are $200. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 615-259-9055.


Tomato Art Festival Preview Party

Everyone had fun at the annual Tomato Art Festival Preview Party at the Art and Invention Gallery in East Nashville.

Food was provided by Whole Foods Market and included, appropriately, tomato pie, bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches, salsas and chips, gazpacho, cheeses and crackers, cookies and more.

Tomato Art Fest was founded by Meg and Bret MacFadyen, owners of the gallery, in 2004. It has steadily grown with larger crowds each year.  This year’s attendance was about 60,000 people.

More than 350 pieces of tomato-themed art were on display and the festival also offered a parade, the Tomato Art Fest King and Queen, the Faux Paw Pet Fashion Show, a Bloody Mary competition, the tomato fairy and elf contest,  a beautiful tomato contest, tomato story time, recipe contests, a red head competition, bobbing for tomatoes and a tomato toss, biggest and littlest tomato contest, a tomato haiku contest, a giant ice cream sundae extravaganza and much more for the entire family.