Social 6-22-2017

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Green Hills Rotary Dinner

The Green Hills Rotary Club held a dinner at Hillwood Country Club to benefit The Little Pantry That Could (TLPTC).

Money raised at this annual event helps TLPTC to carry out its mission of bringing comfort to the needy and compassion to the forgotten. Rotary’s guest of honor was TLPTC Director Stacy Downey.

Dawn Edwards and Sharon Pakis coordinated the silent and live auctions that included vacation home stays in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Florence, Alabama.

Green Hills Rotary President Jim Shulman emceed the event.  Dinner for the 300 guests included salmon, chicken with all the trimmings, and a chocolate dessert.  After dinner world-renown guitarist and songwriter John Hiatt wowed the crowd with songs he wrote for himself and other singers, including Bonnie Raitt, Ronnie Milsap, B.B. King, Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Jewel, Mandy Moore, Bon Jovi, and many other music greats.

Two Rivers Mansion Event

The annual Evening of Elegance to benefit preservation efforts at Two Rivers Mansion was held at the historic landmark, with a capacity crowd filling the parlors of the antebellum home for a seated dinner.

Screen shot 2017-06-21 at 1.24.45 PMOn the wide back veranda of the home, everyone enjoyed music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Later a sumptuous dinner was served in the mansion, prepared by Dream Events & Catering, offering roasted caprese, garlic rosemary beef, and New Orleans bread pudding.Screen shot 2017-06-21 at 1.25.01 PM

Special acknowledgement was given to William Bransford Blundin, of New York and Palm Beach, whose recent gifts have enabled the friends organization to erect new signage and fencing along the frontage of the 14-acre property on McGavock Pike.

Guests included: Nancy and Mickey Sullivan, Kyle Kahriman, Sheila Smyth, Helen and Willie McDonald, Melanie and Scott Lindsey, Shannon Sullivan, Cathy Holland, Jeff Garner, Mary Del and Stan Scobey, Marsha and Bill LaFollette, Tim and Amy Carver, Cathy Holland, Devi Sandford, and Danielle McDaniel.

Easter Seals Hall of Honor Reception

Easter Seals Tennessee held its 2017 Hall of Honor Announcement Reception in the Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s lobby.
Screen shot 2017-06-21 at 1.27.25 PM Screen shot 2017-06-21 at 1.27.38 PM Screen shot 2017-06-21 at 1.27.55 PMAt the cocktail reception, the 2017 Nashvillian of the Year honoree was revealed to be businessman and community leader Ben Rechter, who was introduced by Aubrey Harwell. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit programming at Easter Seals Tennessee. Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs and their families for nearly 100 yScreen shot 2017-06-21 at 1.26.53 PMears.
From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training, Easter Seals offers a variety of services. John Pfeiffer, Easter Seals board chairman, invited everyone to attend and celebrate Rechter’s selection as the 2017 Nashvillian at the 24th annual dinner, which will be held Thursday, July 20 at the Hilton Hotel.
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People For Animals (PFA) held a fundraiser at The Basement, where Todd Kerns and Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators performed for attendees. Everyone enjoyed their favorite beverages and delicious ham and cheese sandwiches while listening to the music.
Founded in 1986, PFA’s first priority is to reduce birth rates by providing assistance to pet owners needing help in getting spay and neuter surgeries.
Since 15 dogs and 45 cats are born for every human born, PFA officials say the problem cannot be overcome by rescuing pets one at a time, and the best answer is spaying and neutering.
PFA also helps people make a lifetime commitment to responsible, caring​ guardianship of their pets, promotes adoption from shelters, and supports animal-friendly legislation.
For more information, visit, call 615-794-8925 or email

General Hospital Foundation Brunch

Nashville General Hospital (NGH) Foundation hosted a Jazz Brunch and Silent Auction and a special performance by Eric Blue and Richard Griffin.
All proceeds raised will benefit the foundation for patient health care services.
NGH accommodates a wide range of needs from emergency services and acute care to ancillary and ambulatory services, and provides care to all segments of the community.
NGH first opened as City Hospital in 1890 on Hermitage Avenue. NGH relocated to the Meharry Medical College campus in January 1998.
Brunch guests included: Sue Fort White, Steve White, Missy Fort Goodman, Dawn and Glenn Alexander, Joseph Webb, Carolyn McHaney-Waller, Glenn Bradley, Lyn Plantinga, and Jan Brandes.

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YWCA Breakfast

More than 1,000 supporters of YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee gathered at the Music City Center to hear stories of inspiration, education and empowerment. Screen shot 2017-06-21 at 3.46.36 PM Screen shot 2017-06-21 at 3.52.42 PM Screen shot 2017-06-21 at 3.52.49 PM Screen shot 2017-06-21 at 3.52.54 PM
Maplewood High School junior Amya Kincaid spoke about challenges high school brings to teenage girls, and how her involvement the YWCA’s youth programs, Girls Inc. and jk livin, are helping prepare her for college and adulthood.
Client speakers from the Domestic Violence Services Program and Family Literacy Center shared stories of survival and achievement.
Mayor Megan Barry, a former YWCA board member, emphasized the importance of the YWCA’s Weaver Domestic Violence Center and the newly implemented Lethality Assessment Protocol.
TSU head men’s basketball coach and YWCA board member Dana Ford spoke about the MEND program and why teaching boys and young men healthy masculinity is key to reducing violence against women.


Currey Ingram Academy Event

Screen shot 2017-06-21 at 3.58.10 PMCurrey Ingram Academy Parent Organization hosted its first “Trivia and Tacos” fundraiser at the school, netting more than $50,000 to support the students, faculty and programs of Currey Ingram Academy.

The event included two rounds of trivia by BrainBlast Entertainment, as well as a live auction and dinner menu featuring gourmet tacos and specialty “Mustang” margaritas. The live auction featured collectibles, vacation homes, experiences and more.
CIPO President JorScreen shot 2017-06-21 at 3.58.04 PMdan Thompson chaired the event, with Online Auction Chair and President-Elect Erin Seay-Taylor and Past-President Heather Loden serving on the planning team. Stephanie and John Ingram and Donna and Jeffrey Eskind were major sponsors. Lagunitas donated beer for the evening.

Currey Ingram Academy is a K-12 school, serving students with learning differences such as dyslexia and ADHD. The school offers small classes and​​ individualized learning plans, along with arts, athletics and extracurricular opportunities. For details, visit