Southface Celebrates Its Nineteenth Visionary Dinner

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

On Tuesday, September 19, the Oceans Ballroom at the Georgia Aquarium was packed with eager guests of Southface’s annual fundraising gala. Sustainability professionals from across the southeast attend the wine-paired, five-course dinner each year to support Southface’s efforts to promote sustainable homes, workplaces and communities. Close to 400 business leaders, nonprofit executives, policymakers and sustainability enthusiasts joined us to celebrate the leadership of Andrea Pinabell and the collaboration among cities to create healthy and resilient communities.

As our most visible and largest event of the year, Visionary Dinner reflects the core of Southface’s commitment to a sustainable future. This year’s panel included Stephanie Stuckey, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta; John Lanier, Executive Director, Ray C. Anderson Foundation; and Vasser Seydel, Associate Director, Turner Foundation. The panel led a thoughtful conversation about the contemporary environmental movement and shared new activism avenues that philanthropic actors, nonprofits, local governments and public-private partnerships are leading. Stephanie and John both spoke about racial and social equity as an imperative aspect of resilience, and Vasser stressed the importance of youth engagement in regards to environmental stewardship stating that “cities are a hotbed for change in terms of a sustainable future, and millennials are empowered to make a change. We have no choice but to take action.” The need for youth engagement sparked the Turner Foundation to create a junior board in hopes of connecting young people to environmental conservation.

For the evening highlight, 2016 Argon Award winner Dennis Creech presented Southface’s prestigious award to Serenbe’s Steve Nygren. Steve and Marie Nygren are committed to improving people’s quality of life through healthy environments, and in his remarks Steve asserted that “we can influence change if we look in our own backyard.”

The top female chefs in Atlanta who contributed to the evening included: Veronica Wandui, St. Regis Atlanta; Megan McCarthy, Healthy Eating 101; Lane Barton, Blondie’s; Jiyeon Lee, Heirloom BBQ; and Allean Brown, Zolene’s. Mary Moore, Maureen Beebe and Denise Knapp, with the help of students from Kennesaw State University’s Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality, prepared delicious treats for the evening, and ingredients used to craft the menu were regionally sourced.

The night’s festivities also included an announcement of the expansion of Southface’s national nonprofit resource efficiency initiative. The initiative builds mission capacity for nonprofits by improving their bottom line through operational efficiency.

Title and Presenting Sponsors

Mohawk Group
Cox Conserves/Cox Enterprise

Host Committee

Acuity Brands
Gilbane
The Home Depot Foundation
The Kendeda Fund
The Ray C. Anderson Foundation
Skanska
UPS

Table Sponsors

Aspecta® by Metroflor
Baker Donelson
Columbia Property Trust
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Georgia Power
Georgia State University – Office of Sustainability
Georgia Tech – College of Design
Hannah Solar, LLC
InterContinental Hotels Group
Lord Aeck Sargent
Serenbe
SunTrust Bank
The Woda Group, Inc.

Patron Sponsors

Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Regional Commission
Gables Residential
Georgia Tech – Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
Turner Foundation

Friend Sponsors

Brasfield & Gorrie
Jamestown
Kone, Inc.
St. Regis Atlanta
Total Systems Commissioning, Inc.

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