October 4, 2019
Contact: Haylee Hall, 615.585.8400
OCTOBER 4, 2019—Harpeth Conservancy’s 16th Annual River Swing set records for attendance and money raised, according to an announcement today by Dorene Bolze, president and CEO of the science-based river conservation organization.
Bolze said more than 730 supporters attended the event last Saturday evening at River Circle Farm in Franklin. After tabulating proceeds from ticket sales, corporate sponsorships and the silent auction, she said the total amount raised exceeded $230,000.
“This a huge boost to our efforts to secure clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers across Tennessee,” Bolze said. “This magnificent outpouring of support was even more special as River Swing 2019 also launched a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harpeth Conservancy.”
For the third consecutive year, River Swing was held River Circle, the home of event cochairs Agneta and Brownlee Currey and Kathryn and Christian Currey. Patti and Buck Williams joined as co-chairs this year. More than 50 companies supported the event as sponsors led by Colonial Pipeline Company as the River Champion sponsor and Waltrip Automotive Group as the
Automotive Sponsor. River Defender sponsors were LP Building Products,
HCA Healthcare TriStar Division and Conseco Group General Contractors.
The great blue heron, an iconic bird species for waterways, was featured as a unifying design element from the invitations, backdrop, gold herons on the stage and bar and 5- foot birthday cake created by Joan Vaughn of Cake-Filled Memories. Much of the photography was by local nature photographer, Boone Thomson on the Harpeth River.
Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant provided passed appetizers and a buffet dinner while desserts were donated by Whole Foods, Noshville Delicatessen, Allegra Design and Tiff Treats. Beverages were provided by Lipman Brothers, and Bill Forrester’s incredible team stocked and staffed three bars that included a special Old Hickory Sipping tea by Lipman Brothers.