May 12, 2012
Swan Ball 2012: Part One
The Roaring ‘20s Reigned at this Spring Soiree
- Photos by Jim Fitts and Greg Mooney
Flapper fashions, the jazz of Joe Gransden and his Big Band, and a 1926 Packard lent vintage glamour to this year’s gala.
Co-chairs Rebecca Bily, Georgia Ritchie and Dot Stoller, Atlanta History Center President / CEO Sheffield Hale and his wife Elizabeth Hale; Atlanta History Center Board Chairman Bill Shearer and his wife Lynn Shearer. The evening honored the late William A. Parker Sr. and his family members.
A champagne reception at sunset was held on the grounds of the landmark, 1928 Swan House by Phillip Trammell Schutze. Dinner and dancing took place in the Grand Overlook at the Atlanta History Center.
During cocktail hour on the Swan House lawn, guests (many dressed in flapper fashion) posed in front of the vintage 1926 Packard, toured the famous estate and sipped champagne while watching the sunset. The trumpet sounds of Joe Gransden called revelers to dinner in the Grand Overlook of the Atlanta History Center. The ballroom was transformed by A Legendary Event into an elegant setting where guests enjoyed a sumptuous four-course dinner menu. After dinner guests participated in a live auction of luxury travel experiences and danced past midnight to the tunes of Joe Gransden and his Big Band.
Among the black-tie patrons: Lorri and Forrest McClain, Frank and Barbara Marxer, Jack Sawyer and Bill Torres, Shepard and Boyce Ansley, Ibby Parker Mills and Jim Mills, Boyd and Caroline Leake, Patricia McClean, Helen Regenstein, Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot, Jada and Tom Loveless, Comer and Donna Jennings, Mark and Betsy West, Susan Tucker, Tom and Ruth Anthony, Barbara and Eric Joiner.
Providing lead support were Platinum Sponsors: the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Wilmington Trust and The William A. Parker Sr. Family. Gold Sponsors included: AT&T Foundation, Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management, Genuine Parts Company and Invesco.
Proceeds from the evening benefitted Atlanta History Center, including the Swan House, and its educational and cultural programs, www.atlantahistorycenter.com