A Tennessee Waltz 2014

The Museum Foundation is delighted to announce that for the second time in its 22-year history a mother-and-daughter team, along with their husbands, are serving as co-chairs of its premiere fundraising gala, A Tennessee Waltz. Linda and Jere Ervin of Old Hickory, and their daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Grant Smothers, who reside in Nashville, are the 2014 gala chairs, along with honorary hosts, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam. Linda and Suzanne follow mother-daughter duo Pam and Katie Koban who co-chaired the gala in 2012, along with husband/father Mike Koban.

Click here to see photos from A Tennessee Waltz Ladies' & Gentlemen's Committee Party on Friday evening April 4.

The Jack Daniel Distillery is the Presenting Sponsor of the gala for the 12th consecutive year. The Waltz is set for Saturday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in the State Capitol. This elegant fundraising event provides the primary source of revenue for the annual operation of the museum Foundation. Both the Ervins and the Smothers have deep roots in Middle Tennessee with both couples having been extraordinarily active with a number of area non-profit organizations and patrons and supporters of many causes. Most recently, Suzanne chaired the Red Shoe party for CASA and served on the museum’s Sparkle & Twang auction committee. Grant is the CFO of the Cumberland Consulting Group while Suzanne’s hectic days are filled with parenting their twin 7-year-old sons and volunteering.  Linda and Jere, who are greatly enjoying their retirement, also have a grown son, Jeff.

Other chairs of the Waltz include Anna & Gif Thornton, who have been selected as the co-chairs of the annual Ladies’ & Gentlemen’s Committees. Anna, an active community volunteer, and Gif, a partner on the Governmental Relations team at Adams and Reese, LLP, will host the members’ of the joint committee for a private reception/silent auction party at the law firm’s downtown Nashville headquarters in the Fifth Third Center on Church Street. The reception will be held on Friday, April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. For details about this pre-event, please contact Leigh Hendry, the museum’s Director of External Affairs at lhendry@bellsouth.net.

The third annual young people’s Waltz Late Party is set for 9:00 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at the five-star Hermitage Hotel’s Verandah. Attendees will gather there prior to segueing up to the State Capitol for an evening of dancing to the sounds of the phenomenal Party Planet band from Memphis, back by popular demand for the second year. Adams and Reese associate Kyle Young, attorney specializing in transportation and logistics, is chairing the Late Party event with his wife, Jenny, who serves as a staff attorney to the Central Procurement Office of the State of Tennessee Department of General Services. For details about the Late Party, please contact either Kyle or Jenny by email at Kyle.Young@arlaw.com or Jennifer.Young@tn.gov.
 
Charles (Chip) Esten, star of the ABC-TV hit drama, Nashville, will perform the classic ballad “Tennessee Waltz” at this year’s gala. Esten portrays “Deacon Claybourne,” one of the show’s male leads, who is a primary love interest of star Connie Britton, who plays “Rayna James.” As “Deacon,” Esten plays a singer-songwriter-guitarist, which is what he also does in real life.

Photo Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABC
 
 





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tn4me

Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120

FREE ADMISSION

Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org