SPRING FLING FOR TENNGREEN

Spring Fling for TennGreen Conservation Gala Raises Funds to Protect More Than 11,000 Acres
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On April 26th, the fifth annual Spring Fling for TennGreen brought together leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to raise much-needed funds and increase awareness about the organization’s mission to conserve land where people and nature can thrive.

 

This elegant soiree was memorable from start to finish, with live music by Hot Club Time Machine wafting through the air as guests arrived at the event’s new venue (The CORDELLE), and with captivating pops of spring colors weaved throughout the party’s lush decor and floral arrangements. Guests were all smiles as they were treated to a surprise donut wall and beautiful dessert buffet by Bongo Java, delicious cocktails garnished with edible flowers from Craft Brewed Nashville, and a delicious dinner of Chicken Wellington or Roasted Cauliflower with pureed ginger carrots and leek gratin by Nashville’s Dani Kates of d.Kates Catering.

 

This year, funds raised from the Spring Fling for TennGreen will support the organization’s work towards the protection of more than 11,000 acres of land for public benefit and recreation.

 

Dr. Mark Peacock, TennGreen’s Development Chair, lauded TennGreen’s accomplishments and charged guests with further support of conservation beyond the evening. He explained, “Imagine a 125-yard wide band running across our state from Memphis to Bristol. That is how much forest and farmland is irreversibly lost to development each year. Land that will no longer contribute to the health of Tennessee’s current and future generations of people and wildlife.”

Guests included philanthropists and conservationists, including John Noel and Robert Tuke, who co-chaired the event and currently serve as the President and President-Elect of TennGreen’s Board of Directors, Calvin & Marilyn LeHew, Emily Magid, Irma & Bob Bernstein, Betty & Governor Winfield Dunn, TDEC Commissioner David Salyers, Jane & Bill Coble, Mary Buckner, Drs. Mark & Nancy Peacock, Sally & Chuck Womack, M.D., Ginger & Dale Ensor, Mary & John Stone, Charles Askew & Cynthia Spangler of Memphis, Kim & Bert Bailey, and Matt McClanahan of Crossville.

 

Dr. Nancy Peacock and Sandra & Jani Sarratt served as Silent Auction Chairs, Connie Shriner served as Decorations Chair, Janie Hughart served as Refreshments Chair, Maddie Atkinson served as Publicity Chair, and Samantha Dotson served as Volunteer Chair.

The Spring Fling for TennGreen has raised over $500,000 for land conservation in Tennessee. In addition to advancing the protection of wildlife and critical habitat, proceeds from this event have supported the expansion of some of Tennessee’s most popular outdoor recreation areas—including the historic Rock Island State Park, Virgin Falls State Natural Area, Bee Rock Overlook, Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park and, most recently, Fall Creek Falls State Park, which is home to the highest free-falling waterfall east of the Mississippi River. Throughout the night, a stunning high-def video featuring former conservation project sites was projected on one of the walls of the venue to inspire silent auction bidders and enhance the evening’s overall ambiance.

 

TennGreen thanks the many individuals and companies that supported this year’s gala, including Lee Company, The Bailey Company, Inc., and Sphere Payments as Dogwood Level Sponsors; Bongo Java Nashville, Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, The Parent Company, and Wetland & Stream Restoration Services, LLC as Coneflower Level Sponsors; The Ayers Foundation, Center for Sustainable Stewardship, First Tennessee Foundation, Freeman Webb, Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC, Looney Ricks Kiss, Parking Management Company, and RJ Young as Hydrangea Level Sponsors;
and Craft Brewed Nashville as Beverage Sponsor, Marilyn & Calvin LeHew, Drs. Nancy & Mark Peacock, Sandra & Bob Sarratt, Robert Tuke, and Ted & Gloria LaRoche.

Couldn't make it to this year's event? Click here now to make a gift and support land conservation across Tennessee.

THANK YOU, SPONSORS!

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Additional thanks to Marilyn & Calvin Lehew, Robert Tuke, Drs. Nancy & Mark Peacock, Sandra & Bob Sarratt, and Ted & Gloria LaRoche for their generosity and support!