Nashville philanthropist Jane Dudley dies

(Photo courtesy Cheekwood/Swann Ball)

Nashville philanthropist Jane Dudley, most prominently known as the founder and honorary chair of Cheekwood’s Swan Ball, has died.

Cheekwood CEO Jane MacLeod said Jane was the “quintessential Southern lady and one of Cheekwood’s greatest champions” and her contributions have been “immeasurable.”

The Swan Ball is now in it’s 55th year, is a white-tie gala which raises money for Cheekwood.

Here is the full statement from Cheekwood’s CEO:

"Jane Anderson Dudley was the quintessential Southern lady and one of Cheekwood’s greatest champions. As the Founder, Chairman and Honorary Chairman of Cheekwood’s Swan Ball, which recently celebrated its 55th year, her impact on the institution is immeasurable. Smart, beautiful, and gracious, Jane personified the elegance of this grand estate that she so loved. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Swan Ball and Staff of Cheekwood, I am forever grateful for the many contributions she made to Cheekwood, helping to preserve and celebrate one of Nashville’s greatest cultural treasures.

In addition to her role with the Swan Ball, Jane served on the Cheekwood Board for many years, most recently as an Honorary Trustee. The Jane & Guilford Dudley Award for Excellence in Philanthropy, named in her and her first husband’s honor, has been presented annually since 1994. In 2017, Cheekwood and the Swan Ball celebrated Jane’s philanthropic legacy with the naming of the Jane Anderson Dudley Grand Staircase and Balcony in the Mansion."

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