September 19, 2017 | Oceans Ballroom at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta

The Visionary Dinner raises awareness and funding for Southface’s continued work in high-performance affordable housing, green infrastructure, clean energy, healthy buildings and sustainable communities.

This Year was Special

The program was a provocative conversation focusing on the changing landscape for collaboration among cities to create healthy and resilient communities through the eyes of national leaders philanthropy.

The evening highlight is the presentation of the prestigious Argon Award to Steve and Marie Nygren to celebrate excellence in sustainability.

Audience
The audience at the Visionary Dinner
Visionary Dinner 2017 argon presentation (32 of 32)
Argon award. L- Barry Goldman, Southface board chair, Andrea Pinabell, Southface president, Steve Nygren, Serenbe, and Dennis Creech the Kendeda Fund
Visionary Dinner 2017 argon presentation (27 of 32)
Steve Nygren addresses the audience after receiving the Argon Award
Dennis Creech awards the Argon Award to Steve Nygren
Dennis Creech awards the Argon Award to Steve Nygren
Steve Nygren addresses the audience
Steve Nygren addresses the audience
Megan McCartthy, appetizer course, chef for Healthy Eating 101
Megan McCartthy, appetizer course, chef for Healthy Eating 101
Denise Knapp and Maureen Beebe prepared the dessert course
Denise Knapp and Maureen Beebe prepared the dessert course
Flambéed desserts
Flambéed desserts
Flambéed desserts
Flambéed desserts
Visionary Dinner 2017 kitchen (14 of 34)
KSU students from the Michael A Levin School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality assist in plating Jiyeon Lee's short ribs course
The all female, Visionary Dinner chefs
The all female, Visionary Dinner chefs
Visionary Dinner 2017 prefunction (4 of 55)
Laura Case, Southface, networks with Tim Rizzi and Sarah Batchelor of Total Systems Commissioning
Shan Arora with Callie Pendergrast and Dennis Creech
Shan Arora with Callie Pendergrast and Dennis Creech
Visionary Dinner 2017 prefunction (9 of 55)
KSU contingent w Cyndi McConnell, Will Conrad, Christian Hardigree, Maureen Beebe, Denise Knapp (chefs) and Daniel Henderson
Argon award, crafted by Peter Clemens, glass by American Insulated Glass.
Argon award, crafted by Peter Clemens, glass by American Insulated Glass.
Bill Hallman and April Trigg
Bill Hallman and April Trigg
Visionary Dinner 2017 prefunction (29 of 55)
Kevin Bell, Skanska; Danna Richey, Newcomb & Boyd; Meredi Lee, Skanska; Barkley Richey, Skanska
Chris North, Southface chats with Rebekah Hudgins and Walker Brough
Chris North, Southface chats with Rebekah Hudgins and Walker Brough
Holly Beach pours a taste of St. Michele wine
Holly Beach pours a taste of St. Michele wine
Visionary Dinner 2017 prefunction (44 of 55)
Tammy and Greg Stuck, Michel A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality at KSU
Bill Campbell and Linda Bolen of Columbia Property Trust
Bill Campbell and Linda Bolen of Columbia Property Trust
Visionary Dinner 2017 prefunction (47 of 55)
Katie Walls, Meteorologist at WSB TV was the emcee, seen here chatting with Andrea Pinabell
Visionary Dinner 2017 prefunction (52 of 55)
R-L, Andrea Pinabell intrduces Steve Nygren to Rachel Carey of the Atlanta Housing Authority.
Visionary Dinner 2017 prefunction (54 of 55)
Networking before the dinner start
Sarah Shanley Hope of the Solutions Project
Sarah Shanley Hope of the Solutions Project
Kevin Wildes of the Mohawk Group
Kevin Wildes of the Mohawk Group
The Southface staff at the Visionary Dinner
The Southface staff at the Visionary Dinner
Stephanie Valdez Streaty  introduces Dennis Creech
Stephanie Valdez Streaty introduces Dennis Creech
Sweet corn succotash with Georgia shrimp prepared by Lane Barton
Sweet corn succotash with Georgia shrimp prepared by Lane Barton
Steve Nygren and his family
Steve Nygren and his family
Viewing the Mohawk video
Viewing the Mohawk video
2017 Visionary Dinner Chefs (4)
Denise Knapp has a laugh with the KSU students who assisted with the dinner
2017 Visionary Dinner Guests and Crowdshots (119)
Guests
2017 Visionary Dinner Guests and Crowdshots(94)
Head table guests
2017 Visionary Dinner Guests and Crowdshots(95)
Audience
2017 Visionary Dinner Guests and Crowdshots(107)
John Lanier and company
2017 Visionary Dinner Speakers and Stage shots (1)
Vasser Seydel from the Turner Foundatin was a guest panelist
2017 Visionary Dinner Speakers and Stage shots (4)
John Lanier of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation listens intently
Katie Walls interviews Andrea Pinabell
Katie Walls interviews Andrea Pinabell

Title and Presenting Sponsors

title-and-presenting-sponsors

Host Committee

acuity brands
Gilbane
Home Depot Foundation
Kendeda
ray anderson
skanska
UPS

THE CHEFS

Local chefs collaborate to create a regionally sourced, organic and memorable five-course, wine-paired feast.

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AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

The evening highlight was the presentation of the prestigious Argon Award to celebrate sustainability in action. This year Southface is honored to celebrate the tireless commitment, daring and perservearance of Steve and Marie Nygren.

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SPONSORSHIP AND RECOGNITION

Thanks to our 2017 Visionary Dinner sponsors. Join these distinguished leaders in supporting Southface's mission at the 2018 dinner.

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