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GreenShoe Gala

Benefiting Shelby Farms Park + Shelby Farms Greenline

Story by Bill Bannister  | Photos by Don Perry

It felt like the luck of the Irish was in the air as more than 300 guests were greeted by a beautiful sunset over Hyde Lake as they gathered at the FedEx Event Center for the 2018 GreenShoe Gala. The evening started with cocktails and conversation, along with the saxophone stylings of Kreston Smith, as supporters donning green shoes and neckties came together to raise money to benefit Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline.

Supporters sipped the featured signature cocktail, “The Shamrock,” as they lined up to roll the dice for a chance to win $30,000 in cash. They also browsed a table of treasures for purchase including Day of Play packages that featured passes for a Hyde Lake bike or boat rental, gift cards for the Kitchen Bistro and buffalo window decals. The book “Shelby Farms Park, Elevating a City” by Tom Jones was available to purchase, as was the chance to sponsor a park bench. A foyer table carried out the green theme with green candied apples created by Miss Birdsong. Also adding to the night’s coffers were proceeds from a wine pull and the opportunity to adopt a park buffalo for $100. Adopters received a plush buffalo as a memento.

Dinner was created by master chef Jimmy Gentry of Paradox Catering, and began with a terrarium garden salad of fresh greens, citrus and petals. The entrée was a modern, deconstructed version of traditional Irish stew. Dessert followed with Luck of The Irish stout cake featuring Jameson Irish Whiskey. After dinner, the fun-filled party got under way outside in a garden tent. Things heated up as guests danced the night away to music by the Brennan Villines Band and indulged in signature GreenShoe donuts by Gibson’s Donuts and other savory treats by Paradox Catering.

The 2018 GreenShoe Gala was presented by First Tennessee Foundation. Emcees for the event were Ron Childers and Joyce Peterson. The host committee included Calvin and Belinda Anderson, Charles and Judy Burkett, JW and Kathy Gibson, Pitt and Barbara Hyde, Bryan and Kim Jordan, Alla and Nathan Lubin, John and Laura Morris, Tim and Catherine Nicholls, Demetri and Lane Patikas, Bill and Amy Rhodes, David and Michelle Scully, Gary and Glenda Shorb, Diego and Cynthia Winegardner, and Kent and Susan Wunderlich. Supporting sponsors included Montgomery Martin Contractors, Baker Donelson, BrightView, Fairwood Capital, Financial Federal, nexAir, Oak Hall, Pickering Firm, Inc., Rotolo Consultants, Inc., and Watkins Uiberall, PLLC. 

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