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The Conservancy Gala

Luminous, reflective, wondrous, unique, unpredictable, edgy, stylish, architectural, conceptual, resplendent, sparkling, fabulous, performance art, sophisticated, explosion of tingly energy for the senses, eclectic mix of partygoers - Welcome to The Conservancy’s 2018 major fundraiser, The Conservancy Gala Then & Now: Gondolas and Grottos. Mara Papatheodorou and Sarah Sperling have been busy creating a Gala you won’t want to miss.

Since 2010, our Gala fundraisers have supported programs, services and initiatives for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, two of Nashville’s treasured icons, spanning 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, our support is even more crucial.

Please join us at this year’s Gala and support The Conservancy. We look forward to seeing you November 3rd.

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2018 Gala Chairs

Gala Co-Chairs

  • Mara Papatheodorou
  • Sarah Sperling

Honorary Gala Chairs

  • Clare Armistead
  • Ellen Martin
  • Hope Stringer

Mara Papatheodorou has been on The Conservancy Board since 2016. She is a “Tastes and Traditions” expert, a nationally established entertaining specialist, author of coffee table books, a contributor to National Geographic Traveler Magazine and has been a Bon Appetit Magazine editor. Her extensive knowledge and sense of humor make her a popular guest lecturer, host, competition panelist/judge and presenter about food, travel and entertaining. She has interpreted the cuisine and experienced the culture of over 70 countries worldwide.

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Sarah Sperling, a Nashville native with over 18 years of auction and fine art experience, is Director of the Nashville office for Brunk Auctions. Sarah worked in New York City at Sotheby’s and Christie’s as well as for two prominent antique dealers before returning to her hometown four years ago. She is currently on the Alumni Board of the University School of Nashville, a member of the downtown Rotary Club and has served as a juror for Artclectic and Art on the Westside art shows. Sarah frequently lectures on various topics related to art, antiques and the auction market.

Gala Committee

  • Clare Armistead
  • Meera Ballal & Seenu Reddy
  • Judy & Joe Barker
  • Jim Berkeley
  • Melinda & John Buntin
  • Libby Callaway
  • Leslie & Dale Chihuly
  • Beth & Richard Courtney
  • Gerri Winchell Findley
  • Alizah Greenberg
  • Marlene Hays
  • Nancy Peterson Hearn
  • Demetria Kalodimos
  • Ruth Knab
  • Jennifer Lee & William Stebbins
  • Ellen Martin
  • Vickie Mertz
  • Trish & Jim Munro
  • Lee Pratt & Neil Krugman
  • Hunter Claire Rogers
  • Samantha Saturn & Steve Kravitz
  • Monica & Daniel Scokin
  • Steve Sirls & Allen DeCuyper
  • Ben Sistrunk
  • Katy Smith
  • Mary & Michael Spalding
  • Cathie & Harvey Sperling
  • Hope Stringer
  • Josephine VanDevender & Giles Ward
  • Paula Van Slyke & LeRoy Norton
  • Colleen Conway Welch

2018 Gala Décor Designer and Event Planner: Big Events Inc.

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