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.
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 was the presentation of the prestigious Argon Award to Steve and Marie Nygren to celebrate excellence in sustainability.
The audience at the Visionary Dinner
Argon award. L- Barry Goldman, Southface board chair, Andrea Pinabell, Southface president, Steve Nygren, Serenbe, and Dennis Creech the Kendeda Fund
Steve Nygren addresses the audience after receiving the Argon Award
Dennis Creech awards the Argon Award to Steve Nygren
Steve Nygren addresses the audience
Megan McCartthy, appetizer course, chef for Healthy Eating 101
Denise Knapp and Maureen Beebe prepared the dessert course
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
Laura Case, Southface, networks with Tim Rizzi and Sarah Batchelor of Total Systems Commissioning
Shan Arora with Callie Pendergrast and Dennis Creech
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.
Bill Hallman and April Trigg
Kevin Bell, Skanska; Danna Richey, Newcomb & Boyd; Meredi Lee, Skanska; Barkley Richey, Skanska
Chris North, Southface chats with Rebekah Hudgins and Walker Brough
Holly Beach pours a taste of St. Michele wine
Tammy and Greg Stuck, Michel A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality at KSU
Bill Campbell and Linda Bolen of Columbia Property Trust
Katie Walls, Meteorologist at WSB TV was the emcee, seen here chatting with Andrea Pinabell
R-L, Andrea Pinabell intrduces Steve Nygren to Rachel Carey of the Atlanta Housing Authority.
Networking before the dinner start
Sarah Shanley Hope of the Solutions Project
Kevin Wildes of the Mohawk Group
The Southface staff at the Visionary Dinner
Stephanie Valdez Streaty introduces Dennis Creech
Sweet corn succotash with Georgia shrimp prepared by Lane Barton
Steve Nygren and his family
Viewing the Mohawk video
Denise Knapp has a laugh with the KSU students who assisted with the dinner
Head table guests
John Lanier and company
Vasser Seydel from the Turner Foundatin was a guest panelist
John Lanier of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation listens intently
Katie Walls interviews Andrea Pinabell