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Black Tie:

June 8, 2011

Swan Ball Part One

A grown-up garden party

  • Photos by Caroline Petters with Jim Fitts and Kim Link

Black-tie guests gathered on the lawn of the Swan House at sunset for cocktails, dinner and dancing. This year’s gala was co-chaired by Jack Sawyer and Lovette Russell and honored Atlanta developer Herman J. Russell.

The Venue:  

The Philip Trammel Shutze-designed Swan House at the Atlanta History Center, Buckhead.

Co-chairs Jack Sawyer and Lovette Russell Co-chairs Jack Sawyer and Lovette Russell

The VIPs: 

Swan Ball co-chairs Jack Sawyer and Lovette Russell; honorary chair and local treasure Herman J. Russell, whose construction company H. J. Russell is responsible for such iconic projects as the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Turner Field, the Carter Presidential Center and the Atlanta History Center; and president and CEO of the Atlanta History Center Salvatore G. Cilella Jr.

The Scene Makers: 

Black-tie-clad Atlantans gathered like colored butterflies on the lawn of Swan House for sunset cocktails, dinner and dancing in the spring air. Among the revelers:  Arthur and Stephanie Blank, Jane and Dameron Black III, John Weiland, Stephanie and Jerome Russell, Ruth and Tom Anthony, Lorri and Forrest McClain, Karen and John Spiegel, Rhonda Mathieson, Michael Taormina, Susan Tucker, Robin and Hilton Howell, Ingrid Sanders Jones, Ivan Allen IV and Blaine Upchurch, Paul Hagedorn, Jada and Tom Loveless, Elizabeth and Carl Allen, Devyne Stephens. 

Paul and Caroline Jeffords Paul and Caroline Jeffords

The Highlights:

Décor was provided by A Legendary Event and catering by Dennis Dean. After dinner guests danced to a live band in a tent sent up on the lawn of the Swan House.

The Cause:

More than $800,000 was raised for educational programs at the Atlanta History Center

Sylvia and Herman Russell, Rhonda Mathieson Sylvia and Herman Russell, Rhonda Mathieson

The Patrons:

Presenting Sponsor Wilmington Trust. Platinum Sponsors:  The Coca-Cola Company, H. J. Russell & Company, The Heavenly Hands Foundation, and Mrs. Ruthie Rollins. Gold Sponsors: AT&T, Atlantic Trust, Brown & Company Jewelers, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Invesco, Novelis, The Curtis Mayfield Estate, Wells Fargo, Mr. and Mrs. John Weiland.

Sartorial Swans: 

What’s the Swan House without a pair of social swans? Co-chair Lovette Russell ruled the roost in a fluttery white gown by C.D. Greene, paired with elegant, elbow-length white gloves. Meanwhile, Danielle Rollins shone in a custom white confection, also swan-like, by Lela Rose.  


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