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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 2017 major fundraiser, The Conservancy Gala: Then & Now! Beth Courtney and Mara Papatheodorou 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 4th.


2017 Gala Chairs

Gala Co-Chairs

  • Beth Courtney
  • Mara Papatheodorou

Honorary Gala Chairs

  • Clare Armistead
  • Ellen Martin
  • Hope Stringer

Beth Seigenthaler Courtney is president of DVL Seigenthaler and managing partner of Finn Partners. She is an award-winning communications specialist who orchestrates strategic programs on behalf of the firm’s corporate clients. Recognized for her leadership, in 2010, Beth was named a “Woman of Achievement” by the Nashville YWCA; and in 2007, she was named a “Woman of Influence” by Nashville Business Journal. Beth was a Conservancy Board member for many years prior to stepping down this year to devote her time to the Gala.


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.

2017 Gala Décor Designer and Event Planner: Big Events Inc.

© 2017 The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park