Rise and shine
Sparkle and Twang celebrates bright young philanthropists
The fashion-forward folks over at the Tennessee State Museum Foundation recently took advantage of The Bridge Building—a completely renovated historic building downtown—by hosting their annual Sparkle & Twang benefit at this new event space. The silver-tongued team at the Museum Foundation managed to convince risk-taker Nathaniel Beaver, who has the lease, that their event saluting the Museum’s new Costume and Textile Institute inductees and introducing the fourth class of Young Professional Council members, was a gamble worthy of a roll of the dice.
Lady Luck blessed the autumn evening with unseasonably warm temperatures, encouraging many in the crowd to venture out onto the terrace to revel in the spectacular view of Nashville’s skyline. Inside the stunning structure—with its floor-to-ceiling windows—evening co-chairs Big Kenny Alphin and his wife, Christiev, along with music manager Fletcher Foster, provided the hip factor and set the tone for the evening with a theme of “Let Your Lovelight Shine.”
Museum Executive Director Lois Riggins-Ezzell introduced the four 2012 CTI inductees: Style Trendsetter Big Kenny, fiber artist Arlyn Ende of Sewanee, costumer Katy Kattelman of Katy K’s Ranch Dressing in the 12th South district and Phillip Nappi, founder of Germantown’s notable artisan shoemaker, Peter Nappi.
TSM’s Leigh Hendry assisted YPC Director Gloria Houghland in introducing the newest members of the YPC to the crowd of more than 300 guests. Callaway Alexander, Ruth Huggins, Jen Lacey, Harrison Lowe, George Ritzen, Caroline Whittemore and Peter Westerholm joined the other accomplished young members of the organization, selected based on their accomplishments in the business world along with their involvement with the museum and other Middle Tennessee charitable organizations. “Our young sparklers—they truly do represent the future of the TSM,” Lois said with obvious pride and admiration.
—Gloria Houghland, Photographs by Michael W. Bunch