2020 Gala Chairs

  • Gala Chairs
  • Melinda Buntin
  • Stefanie Rome
  • Honorary Gala Chairs
  • Clare Armistead
  • Nancy Peterson Hearn
  • Ellen Martin
  • Hope Stringer


Conservancy Gala

Welcome to Centennial Park Conservancy’s annual fundraiser, Conservancy Gala Then & Now: Women Beat the Odds.

This year we are “reimagining” Gala. These are challenging times as the coronavirus pandemic has reshaped our lives in a new normal. We are concerned that the climate for social gatherings may still be uncertain this Fall to allow the Gala to continue as it has in the past – inside the Parthenon. This year, we are planning an exciting Gala fundraiser at the Parthenon instead. We will feature many of the hallmarks that have made our Gala special, but in an exciting and, most of all, safe way. Please see details of our reimagined Gala on the Reservations & Contributions page.

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The Women’s Building at the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition helped lay the groundwork for Tennessee’s ratification of the 19th Amendment by providing a venue for the considerable talents and organizational skills of Nashville women. It was the only building at the 1897 Exposition to be completed on time and under budget -- women beat the odds, indeed!

Since 2010, Conservancy Gala has supported programs, services and initiatives for the Parthenon and Centennial Park. These two treasured Nashville icons span the areas of arts, culture, education, architecture, health and wellness, history, literature, science, mathematics, environment and more. With over 300,000 visiting the Parthenon and more than 2 million visiting the park each year your support is even more crucial.

We hope you will join us on November 7th to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Right to Vote and the 10th anniversary of Conservancy Gala.

About Centennial Park Conservancy

The Parthenon and Centennial Park have been essential parts of Nashville for more than a century. Centennial Park Conservancy partners with Metro Parks to preserve and enhance these two Nashville treasures while presenting enriching programming to share them with our community and visitors.

Through the generosity of our members, donors, sponsors, and partners, we fund art exhibits and engaging lectures in the Parthenon museum. We showcase emerging artists at Musicians Corner to an audience of 75,000 people annually. We provide free educational Kidsville programming to over 10,000 children across Nashville. We invest in our city's future by preserving and revitalizing 132-acres of urban green space through the Centennial Park Revitalization.

We invite you to join us in making a positive impact on our community.