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Exceptional Foundation Chili Cook-Off Tiara Tea Society Grand Dame Induction Tea UTHSC “Golden Graduates” Homecoming Celebration



With the leaves changing colors and autumn upon us, a big bowl of chili seemed the perfect companion. Thankfully, The Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee had Memphians covered with its second annual Chili Cook-Off, which was held at the organization’s headquarters. Dedicated to empowering the lives of the developmentally challenged by meeting their recreational and social needs, The Exceptional Foundation served up hot bowls of everyone’s favorite comfort food to raise money for scholarships and programs. Close to 300 guests enjoyed delicious samples of chili, including Chiwawa’s chorizo, sirloin and bacon chili, and judged each one for the People’s Choice Award. Selected judges had the hard task of determining an overall winner, but unfortunately there could only be one grand winner. First place went to Bowls of Steel, with second place going to Temple Israel Brotherhood and third place awarded to Clear Channel. The People’s Choice Award went to the West Clinic, and the Spirit Award went to Chili Babes. The Spirit Runner-Up was Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. By the end of the day $50,000 was raised for this wonderful organization.

Princesses and royalty alike were present at the Tiara Tea Society’s Grande Dame Induction Tea, held at the gorgeous Memphis Hunt & Polo Club. Hosted by the Rev. Audrey Taylor Gonzalez, this special occasion was designed in celebration of the induction of three new women into the Prestigious Circle of the Grande Dames. Inductees included the following: Nancy Williams, director of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center; Delores Kinsolving, patron of the Arts; and Gonzalez, chaplain and ambassador to the MPD and FBI as well as a reviser of the Foster Care Review System. Now in its seventh year, the Tiara Tea Society is a wonderful organization that is dedicated to helping little girls in dire need or circumstance. The newest princess, Keona Vaughn, was joined by princesses Graycen Ann Beardslee and Cenyiah Dotson. Guests enjoyed tea, sweet cakes, cookies and chocolates as the keynote speaker, Shelby County Mayor Mark Lutrell, spoke about the importance of female leaders in our communities. Renowned soprano Kallen Esperian serenaded the crowd with songs chosen for each dame’s acceptance into the Circle.

Story and Photos by Rachel Warren

Story and Photos by Rachel Warren

Caroline Williamson and Claire White

The six colleges of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) saluted their 50year “Golden Graduates” during a Homecoming Celebration October 2-4. It was the first time the colleges, including Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, joined together to bring their Golden Graduates back to the Memphis campus at the same time. Graduates from 1963 were the honored class, but alumni from as early as 1954 came for the festivities, which included open houses and receptions at the various colleges; an interdisciplinary presentation by students showcasing 21st century health care with live simulation; dinner at Beale Street Landing; and an evening at the Pink Palace Museum. Story and Photos Submitted

“A Pink Affair” Dedicated to raising funds to support organizations that assist breast cancer patients, survivors and research, the Staci and Friends For A Cure team hosted its fourth annual “A Pink Affair” event at the Memphis Zoo on October 5. The team was created in honor of Staci Franklin, who was diagnosed and treated for triple negative breast cancer in 2009. Guests of this year’s event were treated to a special pink carpet arrival as their photos were taken wearing their favorite pink attire. Live entertainment was provided by the 4851 Jazz Band of Whitehaven High School and local artist Tim Terry of The Tim Terry Experience. DJ Stan Bell of V101.1 FM kept everyone dancing on the dance floor. Attendees also enjoyed hors d’oeuvres from Me & My Tearoom Catering. It’s Your Day! Weddings and Special Events provided event coordination services and was this year’s presenting sponsor. All ticket proceeds from the event were donated to the Memphis-Midsouth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen®. Story and Photos Submitted

Dr. Joe DiPietro and Dr. Pat Wall

Dr. Mac Edington, Debbie Ragain and Dr. Jay Ragain

Teresa Dickerson and Summer Owens

Graycen Ann and Kimberly Beardslee

Sharon and Dr. Leland Cornelius

Staci Franklin and Fordie Franklin

Eva Lynn Bishop, the Rev. Audrey Taylor Gonzalez, Nancy Williams, Delores Kinsolving and Kallen Esperian

Dr. Robert Hollabaugh and Maggie Hollabaugh

Veronica Jackson-Ratliff, Shirley Carpenter and BJ Easterling

Kristen and Elaine Vining

Jody Becker, Angela Gordon and Cathy Poulin

Keaton and Russ Ellis with Carol Carnell

RSVP Magazine December 2013  

RSVP magazine is like no other publication in the city of Memphis. What began as simply “The Society Pages” more than a decade ago has evolv...

RSVP Magazine December 2013  

RSVP magazine is like no other publication in the city of Memphis. What began as simply “The Society Pages” more than a decade ago has evolv...