The Social Scene

Safe Haven Fundraiser

Taqueria del Sol on 12 South recently hosted its third annual fundraising event, A Taqueria Holiday, for Safe Haven Family Shelter, which attracted more than 400 supporters and netted $50,628 to support families experiencing homelessness.

For every dollar spent on the delicious food and beverages, Safe Haven Family Shelter received six dollars.
The restaurant donated 100% of the evening’s food and beverage proceeds to Safe Haven, and five matching gifts generated a six-fold donation.

Dierks and Cassidy Bentley, Paragon Group developer Zac Thomas and his wife, Caroline Thomas, Vic and Liz Thomas, Taqueria Nashville, and Taqueria Atlanta each contributed a matching gift equal to food and beverage proceeds.

The Taqueria Nashville team, led by managing partner Tony Halligan and 12 South general manager Javier Salado, created and staffed the event on an all-volunteer basis.

Restaurant team members were deeply involved in the event, coming in on the restaurant’s typical day off to volunteer their time to prepare the food and staff the event.

Everyone ordered what they wanted from the menu, which offers tacos with chopped smoked pork, shredded beef brisket,    strips of fried chicken breast, fish or veggies.

Additional menu items are  enchiladas with cheese, brisket, refried beans and chicken, and numerous sides, soups, chilis, and appetizers.

Safe Haven works to eliminate family homelessness in Middle Tennessee, by helping to lead the community’s efforts to house, support, empower and advocate for families experiencing homelessness.

The need is significant, as families with children make up 32% of the homeless population.
For more information about Safe Haven, call 615-256-8195 or visit


Sexual Abuse Center Reception

The Sexual Abuse Center (SAC) held a reception at Frothy Monkey to honor retiring President Tim Tohill.
Tohill has led the charity for 25 years and the new president is Rachel Freeman, who has worked at SAC for 16 years.

The mission of SAC is to provide healing for those affected by sexual assault and to work to end sexual violence. With the growth of Nashville, these services are needed more than ever.

Everyone enjoyed a delicious cocktail buffet offering chips, pimento cheese, chicken salad, country ham, deviled eggs, barbecue pork, corn and mustard greens slaw, crab cakes, snickerdoodle and chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and more.

Among those who RSVPed were: Abbey and John Boghozian, Arnie and Lydia Reed, Anne and Lee Colley, Anastasia Krajeck, Amber Stevenson, Barbara Quinn, Barry Jones, Carleen Dowell, Cory Tohill, Cynthia Arnholt, Diane Lance, Grace Stepanek, Greg Hartman, John Gawaluck, Jan Smyre, Jimmy Barker, Joan and Rich McGee, Joe and Cynthia Pitts, Kate Joy, Kenneth Stephens, Allen Phelps, Kevin and Sarah Mcgee, and Martha Farabee.

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OZ Arts Donor Party

Cano and Esen Ozgener hosted a cocktail supper at their home for top donors of nonprofit contemporary arts center OZ Arts Nashville.

The event included a conversation between the renowned soprano Renée Fleming and author Ann Patchett. Fleming performed two days later at OZ Arts.

About 100 people in attendance at the party enjoyed a 20-minute “conversation” between Fleming and Patchett, which included questions from the guests.

Food was provided by Prima’s Chef Andy Little. Everyone enjoyed all aspects of the evening, along with viewing artwork created by Cano Ozgener, as well as other artists he admires.

Guests included: Agenia Clark, Waverly Crenshaw, Andrea and Helga Maneschi, Arnita and Tim Ozgener, Arlene Mordjikian, Cara Alexander, Scott Hethcox, Amy Atkinson, Vickie and Raymond Hakim, Jennifer Pietenpol, Ian Wattenmaker, Nancy Heathman, Vandana and Rick Abramson, and Martha Ingram.

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