Asking yourself "What is The Eve of Janus?" Well, if you didn't grow up in Nashville, you wouldn't know. The Eve of Janus is the longest running charity event benefiting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. The funds raised from this event go directly to the Tri Delta Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic.
This year marked the 44th Annual Eve of Janus and the Junior Honoree was James Carlton Smith III, an MBA graduate who attends Ole Miss and is currently undergoing 60 days of in-hospital chemotherapy treatments at Vanderbilt's Children's Hospital. J. Carlton has been battling various types of cancer since the 7th grade.
Although this is a fundraising event, it is also an annual rite of passage for a select group of outstanding young men, (The Marshals), and young women, (The Signs of the Times). After completing their Freshman year of college, they are selected to be "presented" at a black tie gala in front of their friends an family.
This year, Co- Chairs, Laurie Brothers Seabury and Anna Jirikovec Norton chose to host the event at one of Nashville's newest and most unique venues, The Country Music Hall of Fame. If you haven't had to opportunity to attend an event there, you are missing out. The 40 foot tall glass wall in the Event Hall on the 6th floor allows for the most magnificent views of the Nashville skyline and the adjacent HCA Lobby is a fabulous area for a cocktail reception. The Eve utilized both.
Upon arrival, the Signs and Marshals were escorted to a private dining area, while their family and friends enjoyed cocktails in the 6th floor HCA Lobby. Prior to dinner, guests milled about the large, open space and enjoyed the ease of ordering an adult beverage from Big Events' custom-designed, 17 foot square bar. Cocktail tables were adorned with candles and floating orchids which complimented all of the tuxedos and sequins in the room.
To set the mood, Big Events, Inc. chose an elegant pallete of greys and greens for the evening affair. Dinner tables were set with Bengaline linens in graphite and were adorned with floral arrangements filled with varying mixtures of green hydrangeas, oriental lilies, Arabica, Belles of Ireland, Green Cymbidium Orchids and white roses. Big Events, Inc. also installed their custom designed eight-foot mirrored bars, which beautifully reflected the lights of the Nashville skyline.
While guests were enjoying the presentation of the Signs and Marshals in the CMHOF Theater, Big Events, Inc. was busy clearing out the dinner tables and replacing them with cocktail tables, candles, soft seating areas and black linens so that after the presentation, the REAL fun could begin!
As The Atlanta All-Stars showed off their vocal and grooving skills, the cocktails flowed and so did the white gowns worn by the Signs. Big Events, Inc. surprised the partying crowd by handing out bright blinking rings as they danced the night away! Throughout the evening, fathers danced with daughters, and at one point, the entire group of Signs ended up sharing the stage with The Atlanta All-Stars while dancing to Proud Mary!
When the band called it quits at 12:30AM, the dance floor was still packed and the party could have continued to the wee hours. The vibe of the evening was fun and light, and the magnificent views from the 40 foot tall wall of windows in the Event Hall made you feel as if you were actually part of the Nashville skyline.
This year marked the fifth time Big Events, Inc. planned and designed the Eve of Janus. Once again, we were thrilled to be part of such a fun and beneficial Nashville evening!