Gathering for a cause: Farragut Ladies Society

  • Farragut Ladies Society’s directors include, from left, Arrington Russell, Kathryn Phillips, Stacey Hall and Ashley Holmes. - Photos by Michelle Hollenhead

  • Wendy and Jason Stiles - Photos by Michelle Hollenhead

  • Town Alderman Drew Burnette and his wife, Brooke Burnette - Photos by Michelle Hollenhead

COVID-19 may have eliminated last year’s fun, but members of the Farragut Ladies Society more than made up for it Saturday, Aug. 14, at Fox Den Country Club during the group’s annual black-tie cotillion and fundraiser.

“We had a great turnout, and everything went as planned,” FLS President Arrington Russell said. “Everyone looked amazing, and it was a great night for celebrating and giving back.”

Described by Russell as “unifying the Farragut community (with) amazing women while supporting local charities,” the non-profit group kicked off its inaugural year in 2019 with a cotillion that benefitted Restoration House.

This year, the charity recipient was Compassion Closet, with co-founder Julie Gillen speaking at the Aug. 14 event.

“Compassion Closet exists to show the love of Christ by providing quality clothing and tangible goods to foster children and their families,” Russell explained. “They serve birth families, aging-out youth, kinship placements and domestic/international adoptive families as God allows and the needs arise.

“It was started in 2013 by an adoptive and foster care family as a means of helping other families as they had been helped.”

Compassion Closet has four locations, including one in Farragut.

The evening also included a sit-down dinner and dancing, with music provided by local band Teen Spirit.

The group’s 2020-21 Patrons include: Shanan Boyd, Sarah Buchanan, Allison Butturini, Jillina Cabaniss, Whitney Childers, Lauren Clarke, Leigh Ann Fink, Michelle Geller, Hollie Hissam, Sheryl Houston, Sarah Johnson, Emily Justice, Suzi Kiger, Amanda Kincaid, Cammy Kromer, Cassie Lockhart, Valarie Mills, Christina Mollenhour, Paige Morgan, Brittany Payne, Jennifer Phillips, Kelly Pohl, Allison Prosan, Tricia Stevens, Keri Stickley, Anne Warren, Meredith Whitehead, Brittany Woodard and Kellie Hudgens.

In addition to Russell, FLS’s founding patrons are Jessica Barksdale, Lauren Bickford, Meg Brown, Brooke Burnette, Courtney Childers, Taylor Clement, Meredith Crawford, Megan Culbreth, Lindsay Curtas, Kristin Farr, Connie French, Robin French, Kim Goldsborough, Julie Goodrich, Stacey Hall, Charity Heatherly, Mary Kate Helton, Ashley Holmes, Meredith Hulette, Ashley Johnson, Emily Johnson and Lori Johnson.

Still other founding parttners are Rachel Kimrey, Catherine Kingery, Leslie Lane, Shelly Lawson, Emily Long, Lauren Mack, Jenny Martinez, Erin McCarty, Beth Miller, Chelsi Moore, Lauren Morgan, Kristen Panella, Julie Parrish, Kathryn Phillips, Leslie Sanders, Nikki Schaerer, Toni Scott, Elizabeth Sherrod, Beth Slatery, Laura Slyman, Chelse Stevens, Wendy Stiles, Ashley Swor, Jessica Taylor, Kelsea Walters and Dr. Shenika Welch-Charles.