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Once in a Blue Moon: Meet the 2024 Chairs

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Get to Know our Once in a Blue Moon Chairs: Jenny Wray and Sarah Lodge Tally

As The Land Trust for Tennessee celebrates its 23rd Once in a Blue Moon celebration, this year’s chairs have deep roots with the fundraiser and the organization.

For Jenny it all began in 2011 when she first crossed paths with Liz McLaurin, President & CEO. Jenny’s father and a close family friend, both lovers of the outdoors, also played a pivotal role in introducing her to The Land Trust. Through volunteering on annual visits to protected properties, Jenny developed a deep-seated love for protecting Tennessee land. Over time, Jenny’s network of friends also became involved with The Land Trust, deepening her connection to our mission.

Sarah has been a faithful supporter over the years, attending Once in a Blue Moon many times as well as being close with numerous board and staff members since The Land Trust’s inception. Her involvement was taken to the next level this year, driven by a personal request from Jenny to co-chair the event.

Together, Jenny and Sarah embody the spirit of community and conservation, illustrating the profound impact that shared values can have on protecting our state. We took a moment to learn more about this year’s celebration and their support of The Land Trust’s mission.

What’s your reason for chairing this event?

Jenny: This is truly one of my favorite events! The people, the setting, the music, the time of year, and obviously the mission that this celebration supports. We live in a city and state with so much natural beauty. Nashville has experienced tremendous growth, and I’m increasingly aware that protecting a diverse amount of green space for us (and future generations) to enjoy is critical to a harmonious, balanced life. I feel that for myself and want that for my children.

Sarah: I believe in the mission of The Land Trust – we can’t get our land back once it has been developed. Conserving our farms and forests and parks matters. It was an easy “yes” when Jenny asked me to chair with her!

What does Once in a Blue Moon Raise money for?

As The Land Trust’s largest annual fundraiser, Once in a Blue Moon raises critical funds to support our mission to conserve the unique character of Tennessee’s natural and historic landscapes forever. In its 23rd year, the event will bring over 600 donors, landowners, and community leaders together in celebration of conservation for an unforgettable evening under the stars.

Tell us a bit about this year’s celebration.

Jenny: I’m looking forward to it all, honestly. I’ve been attending this event for several years now, and while it has grown in so many ways, it still feels laid back and intimate. I’m excited that we have a growing presence from our Chattanooga community, and I’m looking forward to getting on the dance floor!

Sarah: We’re ready for a full dance floor – Whiskey Wolves of the West is going to be great! We’ve also got some fabulous special cocktails this year!

Do you have any tips for attendees?

You don’t have to get dressed up, just enjoy the beautiful farm with good company, good food, and good drinks! Dress for the farm and the weather – jeans and boots are encouraged!

What makes Glen Leven Farm, the venue for the party, so special?

The Land Trust for Tennessee’s Glen Leven Farm is a historic landscape and hidden gem. Located just south of downtown, the 64-acre farm is one of a kind and offers an ideal platform to showcase all of the aspects of The Land Trust’s mission through community outreach and education. The Land Trust conserves the property as a place that illuminates all aspects of its work and serves as a recreational and educational resource to the community.

Since Glen Leven Farm is not regularly open to the public, many people do not even know that the property is located near the heart of urban Nashville, making Once in a Blue Moon a unique opportunity to experience the magic of the farm.

Why is The Land Trust’s work important to Tennesseans?

Being connected to the land instills in Tennesseans a sense of place and pride. This relationship is critical in fueling economic and social growth of communities – conserving open spaces, even privately owned open spaces, increases residents’ connection to their community and the likelihood that they will invest in it.

Join us at this year’s Once in a Blue Moon by reserving your tickets or table here!

Jenny Wray and Sarah Lodge Tally at Glen Leven Farm