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Preds Wives Win Peoples Choice & Most Elegant Awards At 2008 Celebrity Tablescapes Event

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
Nashville, Tennessee – “For the Love of Jeff” won the Best of Show award at the third annual Celebrity Tablescapes event on Monday, September 22, 2008 benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation at the Hilton Nashville Downtown.

Celebrity Tablescapes is an event that matches some of Nashville’s top designers with celebrities to create elegant dining tables for entertaining. The event featured two days of festivities including a cocktail reception, table preview and auction on Monday, September 22, hosted by Tennessee Titans couples Ken and Sandi Amato, Daniel and Jennifer Loper, Benji and Tracy Olson, Michael and Kat Roos. On Tuesday, September 23, the Celebrity Tablescapes luncheon and table preview was hosted by Tennessee Titan Kyle Vanden Bosch and his wife, Lindsey.

A competition, judged by a committee of design professionals, was held and four teams received awards. The team of Bama Estes Wood of Design Concierge, Jennifer Neal Edwards of Reveal Event Style and Mark Venuti teamed with celebrity columnist Beverly Keel to design the “For the Love of Jeff” tablescape, which was created in memory of Emmy Award-winning television producer Jeff Tarkington, who died of cancer in 2007.

Additional winners included:
•Best Theme: “Island Boy,” designed by the Iron Gate with Kenny Chesney as the celebrity
•Most Whimsical: “Doggone Modern,” designed by Cabana, Midtown Café and Sunset Grill with Pre To Post Modern and High Brow featuring Robert Reynolds as the celebrity
•Most Elegant: “Ice,” designed by the wives of the Nashville Predators and Jon Munsey with the Tulip Tree. The wives of the Nashville Predators were the celebrities.

Mrs. Nichol, Mrs. Arnott, and Mrs. Sullivan accepting People's Choice award (photo by Randi Radcliff)
This year, a People’s Choice award was presented during the luncheon. The Nashville Predators wives’ tablescape, “Ice” was the winner.

Proceeds from the event went to the T.J. Martell Foundation, a national non-profit organization that supports innovative research for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research through eight top research hospitals in the United States. In Nashville, the Foundation annually supports cancer research through the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

For information on participating in next year’s Celebrity Tablescapes as a sponsor, participant or designer, contact the T. J. Martell Foundation at (615) 256-2002 or

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