Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Nashville Way

Guests enjoy Sheryl Crow's performance at the 55th Annual Swan Ball in Nashville.
Earlier this summer, they held the 55th Annual Swan Ball in The Swan Garden at Cheekwood in Nashville.

Swan Ball 2017 Co-Chairmen Jody Hull and Amy Liz Riddick
The ever glamorous Carolina Herrera was presented the prestigious Swan Award at the annual white tie event, one of the oldest white tie fund raisers in the country.

The Swan Ball 2017 Co-Chairmen for the event were Mrs. Robert Edward Hull (Jody) and Mrs. John Alston Riddick (Amy Liz).  Jody and Amy Liz both chose to wear Carolina Herrera gowns purchased at Herrera's NYC Madison Avenue boutique. Each of the co-chairs wore jewelry purchased from their favorite jewelry designer, Mish New York, who was the featured Swan Ball jeweler.

The two young chairs brought fresh and interesting components to the white tie dinner/dance event all the while staying calm as they realized the Ball they had worked on for a full 13 months was to fall on the same night the Nashville Predators would be playing in the Stanley Cup Hockey finals in Nashville. The clever co-chairs turned to their fabulous and creative Ball designers Sarah Bartholomew of Nashville and Mark D. Sikes of L.A, who integrated into their beautiful blue and white decor, large flat screen TVs at each of the massive bars throughout the tent. 

During the evening the white tie crowd was kept abreast of score — Champagne flutes were clinking loudly when it was announced from the stage the Predators had won 5-1 and were still in contention for the Stanley Cup. Some of the guests even donned oversized Predator hats.

Sheryl Crow
Mrs. Jane Anderson Dudley (widow of former Ambassador to Denmark, Gilford Dudley) serves each year as the honorary chair and is who founded the Swan Ball in 1962. It is one of the nation's oldest and most successful white tie events. The fundraising efforts of Swan Ball annually benefit Cheekwood, a nationally recognized destination renowned for its distinctive beauty, historical significance and excellence in art and horticulture.

A concert by multi Grammy winner and Nashville resident Sheryl Crow and dancing into the wee hours capped a perfectly spectacular Swan Ball.

The guests were delighted to see their party gift was designer Mark D. Sikes' best selling book, Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style, from which the blue and white design inspiration for the ball was taken. Sikes and Sarah Bartholomew dressed the spacious tent with crisp blue and white striped fabric mixed with blue and white floral prints, chinoiserie, mirrors, a beautiful gazebo and mint julep cups, full, lush floral arrangements by The Tulip Tree, and mini wicker baskets housing votives, gave the guests a glimpse of the beauty they would find in his book.
Wendy and Buzz Martin with Kate and Steven Ezell
Mara Papatheordou and Jim Berkeley Todd and AJ Falk
Swan Ball 2017 Late Party Chairs Sarah Garner and Carey McDonald
Swan Ball 2017 Dance Committee Chairs Mamie Nichols Murphy and Katie Harwell Gibson Don and Cheekwood President and CEO Jane MacLeod
Rick and Vicki Horne with Carol and Daryll Yochem
Don and Edee Orr Lance and Tree Paine
Pete and Sutton Constanza, Ann Stewart, and Pearson Pendergrass
Luis and Viviana Lavin Fernandez Rob and Melissa Beckham
Rob and Caroline McNeilly Melanie and David Baker
Lake and John Eakin with Sarah and Jack Eakin
Grant and Swan Ball 2017 Auction Co-Chair Rebecca Rutledge Tracy and Keith Frazier
Doug and Sylvia Bradbury with Laura and Charlie Niewold
Corrine Kidd and Dorothy Sifford Julianne Williams and Janice Lagasse
Chrissy and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty Jere and Linda Ervin
Larry and Mary Wieck on the dance floor showing Preds pride
From July 20-22, the Nashville Wine Auction held its 38th Annual l'Eté du Vin themed "California Collectibles." This year's event was headlined by six California wineries: Schramsberg Vineyards, Davies Vineyards, Hirsch Vineyards, PlumpJack Estate Winery, CADE Estate Winery and Odette Estate Winery and was celebrated with a series of five events — the Grand Cru Evening, Vintners' Tasting, Patrons' Dinner, and the 38th Annual l'Eté du Vin.

The Grand Cru Evening kicked off l'Eté du Vin with a cocktail party at a private home where Tom Black, noted banking entrepreneur and nationally recognized wine collector, was honored as the 2017 Norman M. Lipman Award recipient by Robert S. Lipman.
Art and Linda Rebrovick
Vintners' Tasting, at Richland Country Club, kicked off three continuous days of celebration with the honored vintners presenting their wines with fun and stimulating conversation.

For a change of pace, this year's event featured two Patrons' Dinners hosted in private homes. One featured wines from Schramsberg Vineyards, Davies Vineyards and Hirsch Vineyards. The other dinner featured PlumpJack Estate Winery, CADE Estate Winery and Odette Estate Winery.

Of course, the events culminate with l'Eté du Vin, the country's longest-running charity wine auction, at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. This one-of-a-kind evening celebrates "everything wine" with wine tastings and a gourmet dinner as well as silent and live auctions for unique trips and luxury items. Fritz Hatton of Zachys returned as auctioneer for the fifth year in a row.
Bill and Sharon Piper
"The Nashville Wine Auction offers its supporters the unbeatable combination of first-class wine experiences while raising millions of dollars to support cancer-fighting organizations in the Middle Tennessee area," said Nashville Wine Auction CEO Holly Whaley.

Sponsors for this year's l'Ete' du Vin include: KPMG, Bass Berry & Sims, Beaman Automotive Group, Tennessee Oncology, Audi Nashville, Porsche of Nashville, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, The Rowland-Bradford Group of Raymond James, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Gary Musick Productions, Starling Davis Group of Fridrich & Clark, LLC, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Waller.
Ron Gobbell, Janet Kurtz, and Holly and Mark Whaley
Nashville Wine Auction's mission is to unite the wine community to fund the fight against cancer. Throughout the year, Nashville Wine Auction hosts four major events – Pairings: Nashville's Ultimate Wine and Food Weekend, l'Eté du Vin: The Country's Longest Running Charity Wine Auction, Champagne and Chardonnay: A Sparkling Evening Just for Ladies and The Men's Event: Honoring the Life and Spirit of Billy Ray Hearn. As of Friday, the event has raised more than $936,000 to help fund the fight against cancer. 

Established in 1980, the Nashville Wine Auction has raised more than $21 million for organizations whose purpose is directly related to treatment, patient care and eradication of cancer here in Middle Tennessee. The 2017 list of beneficiaries includes the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge, Gilda's Club Nashville, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Middle Tennessee, PearlPoint Cancer Support, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Saint Thomas Cancer Network, and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
David and Marjorie Feltus-Hawkins with Amy and Brannan Atkinson
Jennifer Hallman and Chase Cole
Jim and Rahel Sloan with Laura and Charlie Niewald
Kimberly and Jim Lewis
Doug and Rose Grindstaff
Connie Peterson and Kathy Andrews
Scott Peterson and Loren Chumley with Mindy and Michael Sontag
Photographs by Alan Poizner & Peyton Hoge (Swan Ball); SheHeWe Photography (Wine Auction)