Ballet Tennessee, a much-touted Chattanooga dance company founded by Anna Baker-VanCura and her late husband, Barry VanCura, hosted a dinner Saturday in the Silver Ballroom of the Read House to thank two important supporters.
Mayor Andy Berke was recognized for his recent support of Ballet Tennessee, while treasurer of the organization's board of directors, native Memphian Julia Grosvenor Sanford, was recognized for her longtime work with the organization both in volunteer capacities and in financial contributions.
Mayor Berke and wife Monique have two children.
Julia and husband Keith Sanford have four children and make their home on Lookout Mountain. Mr. Sanford is a 30-year member of the First Tennessee Bank team and now serves as its president. The Sanfords support a variety of arts and charitable organizations in the community.
Mayor Berke's brief speech was highlighted by his commitment to the arts in Chattanooga, specifically the art of dance within the community.
Following a cocktail hour and silent auction, more than 250 guests dined on a delicious seated dinner of beef tenderloin with crab cakes, haricot vert with creamed potatoes, and crème brulee and chocolate fudge cake.
A live auction followed the dinner, and included an array of items ranging from fine jewelry to paddle boards.
Post dinner entertainment included a performance by Ballet Tennessee dancers, and music and dancing for guests.