The envelope please . . . and the Belcourt Oscar goes to . . . Holly Hoffman and Amos Gott for the Oscar Experience at the Belcourt Theatre.

Ted

Ted

 The Dolby Theatre in L.A. had nothing on us here at the Belcourt, walking the red carpet with fans screaming and stars waving—what a night of glamour here in Nashville. Nominated that evening for the Belcourt Academy Awards were Amy Atkinson and Vince Dreffs, Judy and Stephen Price, the radiant Tish with fellow co-stars Stephanie Moore and Jackson Brown, Sally Bowers and Andy Currey.

Oscars at the Belcourt - Sally Bowers and Andy Currey

Oscars at the Belcourt – Sally Bowers and Andy Currey

Honorary Oscar winners Lee Pratt and Neil Krugman, leading actor Chase Cole, famous author Alice Randall with her leading man David Ewing, and Oscar winners Joan and Will Cheek.

Amos Gott also won Best Set Director for his magnificent “swanky” décor, both in the VIP lounge and the impressive entrance under tent on Belcourt Avenue, where Amos had crystal chandeliers, wooden flooring, and seating in a deco fashion. 

Oscars at the Belcourt - Lee Pratt, David Ewing and Alice Randall

Oscars at the Belcourt – Lee Pratt, David Ewing and Alice Randall

Most Hollywood! The attire was black-tie or silver-screen splendor, Chanel with Bulgari diamonds. My attire was a three-piece, winter-white cashmere suit—yes, think Great Gatsby and add 50 pounds, lol. Hollywood’s biggest night was certainly celebrated here in Nashville at the Belcourt Theatre, where audiences have been entertained since 1925.

Oscars at the Belcourt - Vince Dreffs and Amy Atkinson, Co-chairs Amos Goss and Holly Hoffman

Oscars at the Belcourt – Vince Dreffs and Amy Atkinson, Co-chairs Amos Goss and Holly Hoffman

The glamour continued for Nashville socials with Dancing for Safe Havenan evening benefitting Safe Haven Family Shelter, which for 29 years has been providing for and serving homeless families. I was again honored to be a judge this year, and I’m just amazed by the dancing talent shown by John Dwyer, Meredith Libbey, Darrell Freeman, Kate Herman, and the lovely Vicki Yates.

Dancing for Safe Haven - Kenny Blackburn, Jana and Ansel Davis, Anne Holt

Dancing for Safe Haven – Kenny Blackburn, Jana and Ansel Davis, Anne Holt

Fellow judges Heather Byrd, Jana Davis, and Christopher Wayne had quite the job that evening.

Dancing for Safe Haven - Joni Werthan, Rob Bruyn, Angela Evans

Dancing for Safe Haven – Joni Werthan, Rob Bruyn, Angela Evans

Dancing for Safe Haven - Chairs Bob Tuke, Deb Varallo, John Steele

Dancing for Safe Haven – Chairs Bob Tuke, Deb Varallo, John Steele

Dancing for Safe Haven - Daniel and Samantha Fisher, Lynley and John Dwyer, Maria Bealer

Dancing for Safe Haven – Daniel and Samantha Fisher, Lynley and John Dwyer, Maria Bealer

York and Friends Celebration - Bryan Edwards and Ron York

York and Friends Celebration – Bryan Edwards and Ron York

York & Friends Celebration - Daisy King and George Clark, Jann Harrison

York & Friends Celebration – Daisy King and George Clark, Jann Harrison

The 2013 Hero Award was presented to two outstanding individuals, Karen and David Conrad, for their longtime support of Safe Haven. Congratulations to Trey Lipman, leading dance lady for Safe Haven, for creating what in my opinion is Nashville’s Most Fun Party!
On a busy Saturday evening a few weeks back, Ron York hosted his second anniversary and expansion celebration at York & Friends Fine Art on Harding Place.

Guests were welcomed through a large tented area filled with wonderful food delights. Art, art, and more art was displayed in Ron’s newly renovated gallery where artists and patrons marveled through what I would call an art wonderland. Jann Harrison and Streater Spencer were among many local artists on hand welcoming Daisy King and George Clark, Frances Anne Varallo, Jo and Dan Church, Chloe Fort, Bo Sebastian with his cute mom, Laverne McCoy, Connie Allen and Lou Diamond.

A portion of sales that evening went to benefit Alias Chamber EnsembleSuper party, Ron. I cannot wait till your third anniversary!

HRC Gala - Margart and Fred Ellis

HRC Gala – Margart and Fred Ellis

York & Friends Celebration - Tommy and Susan Meador, Bo Sebastian and Laverne McCoy

York & Friends Celebration – Tommy and Susan Meador, Bo Sebastian and Laverne McCoy

From York & Friends my loyal photographer Sophia Forbes and I headed downtown to the Renaissance Hotel for the 14th Annual HRC 2013 Equality Gala. It was a night of fun and laughter with headline entertainer Alec Mapa and the live auction with the hilarious Jugg Sisters. Bridgestone was again the presenting sponsor of the evening with Ginny Markham-Jones, Ian May, and J.R. Simon as dinner co-chairs.

HRC Gala - Iris Buhl and John Bridges

HRC Gala – Iris Buhl and John Bridges

The 2013 Equality Award was presented to Margaret Ellis, and Hal Cato received the 2013 Community Leadership Award.

T.J. Martell Gala - Joanne and Gary Haynes

T.J. Martell Gala – Joanne and Gary Haynes

 

 

The Human Rights Campaign is a giving organization that encourages gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans to live their lives openly, while changing the hearts and minds of Americans to the side of equality. Mayor Karl Dean summed up this great evening in his quote: “I salute the Tennessee Human Rights Campaign and encourage you to remain steadfast in your efforts to end discrimination.”

T.J. Martell Gala - Tooty Bradford and Susan Simons

T.J. Martell Gala – Tooty Bradford and Susan Simons

 

HRC Gala - Mayor Karl Dean, Hal Cato, Amos Goss

HRC Gala – Mayor Karl Dean, Hal Cato, Amos Goss

Among those celebrating the evening were Iris Buhl and John Bridges, Keith Little and Sam Felker, Allen DeCuyper and Steve Sirls.
The awards continued with the T.J. Martell Honors Gala, co-chaired by David Corlew, Kitty Moon Emery, and Steve Hauser. This is always a stellar evening benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation, which is the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer, and AIDS.

HRC Gala - Co-chairs Ian May, Ginny Markham-Jones, J.R. Simon

HRC Gala – Co-chairs Ian May, Ginny Markham-Jones, J.R. Simon

 

 

T.J. Martell Gala - Tony and Jamie Brown

T.J. Martell Gala – Tony and Jamie Brown

I’ve always wanted to ask a superstar the question “Boxers or briefs?” and I did that evening while visiting with my new best buddy Jeff Bridges. Jeff’s response to me was, “Well, Ted, never been asked that before. Neither, to be exact!” OK, we shall go no further, but he did add, “Funny you bring this up, for my daughter, Jessica, is coming out with a new song that will sure be a hit—“Thongs on Wrong,” and he continued to tell me the story about how his most lovely wife, Susan, had that happen to her.

T.J. Martell Gala - Mike and Cathy Kelly, Steve Andre

T.J. Martell Gala – Mike and Cathy Kelly, Steve Andre

 

T.J. Martell Gala - Ted Clayton, Susan and Jeff Bridges

T.J. Martell Gala – Ted Clayton, Susan and Jeff Bridges

Just goes to show how much one may find out by asking an icebreaker question. So now you are wondering what this superstar was wearing . . . well, that is known to only Jeff, Susan, and Ted! By the way, FYI, I’m a boxer man.

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