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CONTENTS February 2018


Signature Memphis • 10 Ellen Rolfes Championing the entrepreneurial spirit

StreetSeen • 12 Felicitas Sloves Sharing her love of weaving

StreetSeen • 14 Adam Farmer Repurposing for art's sake

RSVPhillippi • 49 Dennis Phillippi Gives his take on the Winter Games


Andrew Calton and Emma Katherine Hutto

AutoZone Liberty Bowl President's Gala • 16 An elegant tradition

Richard and Emily Ballew Neff

Memphis Moments • 22, 24, 28, 34, 36, 42, 43, 44 & 46

Holly and David Shotsberger

Chefs' Celebrity Gala • 30 Supporting the Memphis Child Advocacy Center

Cover Photo

Harrison and Jamie Harpole at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl President's Gala Photo by Don Perry

Table of Contents Photo Photo by Roy Haithcock



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Braxton Dockery and Ashley Davis

Courage Thru Cancer • 38 Fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

RSVP Staff Volume XXIII • Number II

February 2018 Publisher Roy Haithcock Editor Emily Adams Keplinger Copy Editor/Accounting Ruth Cassin Contributing Writers Bill Bannister Virginia Davis­­­ Dennis Phillippi Gaye Swan Art Director Kim Coleman

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ebruary brings thoughts of romance and there’s plenty going on around town this month to warm your heart. For lovers of literature, the annual Literacy is Key Luncheon will take place Feb. 1 at the Holiday Inn - University of Memphis. The Woodruff-Fontaine House offers tips for proper courting etiquette and the secret languages of love at the Victorian Romance event on Feb. 2. Cirque du CMOM fills everyone’s hearts with excitement on Feb. 3 as it raises funds to support the Children’s Museum of Memphis, and Crosstown Concourse will take you to the moon and back when the Garden Galaxy Gala takes place on Feb. 9. Raise your glasses high to support the Make-AWish Foundation at their Wine for Wishes event at the Cadre Building on Feb. 9. The epitome of heart-filled goodwill takes place for the 26th year as Works of Heart, a benefit for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center, returns to the Memphis College of Art on Feb. 10. This art show and auction features heart-themed works by more than 100 leading regional artists. Also on Feb. 10, Whiskey, Wine & Chocolates brings together a trio of tantalizing tastes, pairing delicious creations by chocolatier Phillip Ashley with a variety of whiskey, beer, wine, cocktails and champagne, all to support the Memphis Botanic Garden. The love continues even after Valentine’s Day as Hands of Hope takes place at the new home of Ballet Memphis in Overton Square on Feb. 24. And could there be a more appropriate month for the Heart Ball? The annual gala takes place at The Peabody on Feb. 24 and proceeds go to support the American Heart Association. Les Passees’ Cabaret will hold court in Hardin Hall at the Memphis Botanic Garden on Feb 24. The lovely young women who are presented as “Living Ads” are sure to be sweethearts! A long-standing tradition that is dear to the hearts of many takes place Feb. 28 as Carnival Memphis holds its annual Business & Industry Salute Luncheon at the Hilton Memphis. So pull out your calendar and fill it with the events you want to support. This is truly the season to share the love!

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That spirit led me to become a social architect who guides institutions by unlocking their stories within to create a bold vision for societal change. For example, my client and I are planning a conference to explore the root causes of trauma and toxic stress that impact the social determinants of health and community life. Also, I have some exciting work unfolding in the arts arena, as every great city must have a vibrant cultural center to attract and retain “the best and the brightest.”

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One Goal You’d Still Like to Accomplish: Being part of a critical mass that pushed Memphis into its true destiny as a great city expressing its soul



February 2018

Felicitas Sloves Weaving her two passions together into a career

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Steve Roberts




elicitas Sloves’ family was originally from the Dutch East Indies. After World War II her parents lived in a military state until they were able to leave and go to Holland in the late 1950s. It was there that Sloves was born. Ultimately, with assistance from a nonprofit organization called Church World Service that helps refugees from embattled countries, the family ended up in Boston. Since then Sloves has lived in many places, including New York, Maine, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It was when her husband, Harold, accepted a job with The State of Tennessee in 2000 that Sloves moved to Memphis. When asked about her path to art she said, “After graduating Smith College in 1977, I went to museum school in New York for a two-year program. What I liked best was a class I took about the history of American textiles. I learned about weaving and other textile arts such as quilting, embroidery and crossstitch. There was something about weaving colors together and the textures of the yarn that really drew me in. I also learned about spinning yarn, dying wool and traditional weaving patterns.” Once Sloves realized how much she loved weaving, she took more classes and explored the art style on her own. In 1980 she became serious about weaving and began selling her creations through shops and fairs in Massachusetts. She accepted commissions, as well. But she realized she couldn’t make a living as a weaver, so she went back to graduate school and studied Occupational Therapy, graduating in 1985 with a master’s degree from Tufts University. After moving to Memphis in 2000, she resumed her craft and found a way to weave together her two career interests. “I started teaching through Creative Aging MidSouth, a nonprofit organization that brings the arts to the lives of local senior citizens,” explained Sloves. “I

Sloves said that her multi-cultural background is what inspires her art as a weaver. “I like to draw on my cultural background for the colors and designs, incorporating cultural artifacts, batik fabrics and shadow puppets that represent different myths,” explained Sloves. “Wool was my yarn of choice when I lived in Boston. Now I use mostly cotton and light weight materials like bamboo, silk, rayon (wood pulp) and Tencel (wood chips).” Working with four looms in her home studio, Sloves crafts wall hangings and wearable art like scarves, purses and shawls. Additionally, she has completed a number of religious commissions for churches, synagogues and members of the clergy. “I have made several altar cloths for St. Johns United Methodist Church, as well as pulpit falls (long banners that hang over the front of the pulpit) and woven prayer shawls for the clergy, often different ones for different seasons,” said Sloves. “I have also woven stoles (Tallitot) for the rabbis at Temple Israel.” Sloves’ work can also be seen at local and regional shows, like Winter Arts, the Pink Palace Crafts Fair and shows sponsored by the Memphis Guild of Handloom Weavers or the Tennessee Crafts Southwest. began as a workshop instructor in early 2000s and still teach for them from time to time. I love sharing my enthusiasm for weaving and using my skills as an occupational therapist as I work with senior citizens in our community.”

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Adam Farmer “For me, an artist’s relationship to their work is a spiritual one and the artful life feels like a religious experience.”

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Steve Roberts




dam Farmer, 28, is a native Memphian. After graduating from Houston High School, he attended the Memphis College of Art (MCA) where he completed a bachelor’s of fine arts degree, majoring in painting. During his time at MCA, Farmer spent a semester participating in the school’s New York Studio Program.

“It was a residency program,” recalled Farmer. “I was there from June through December. It was more like being in graduate school — I was allowed to do pretty much whatever I wanted. I worked on a lot of large scale oil paintings and some video art. I also recorded a lot of music.” Farmer continued, “For me, an artist’s relationship to their work is a spiritual one and the artful life feels like a religious experience. Every artist finds their own path to expression. It’s a language of symbols, finding that which is personal and manifesting it in public spaces.” To that end, for the last three years Farmer turned a portion of his home in Midtown into a gallery called, “Glitch.” “I was removing the carpet in my living room and I realized that I could run an art gallery out of my home,” said Farmer. “It wasn’t my intention to become a curator, but for three years I created a collaborative space and held monthly shows for other people. Having been active in the local art community, I had a network of fellow artists. In 2014 I got an Arts Accelerator Grant from Arts Memphis that really helped me open doors for other artists, like friends, professors and former classmates from MCA, and people got to see some of my work as well. It turned out to be one of the most important things I’ve ever done.” For Farmer, maintaining his studio is a very big part of being an artist. After hosting 48

“Destruction is a form of creation. I have to go through the destruction process in order to rebuild. At some point I feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I have amassed and I have to purge, choosing what is worth keeping.” shows, including music shows that were separate from the art shows, he found it difficult to maintain his own studio practice. “Maintaining your studio is a very big part of being an artist,” explained Farmer. “Now I’m focusing my time and attention on ‘sampling.’ Some of my work involves stacking two canvases together and cutting away part of the top canvas, like a peep hole, to reveal the images on the second canvas. I also cut up books to create drawings by cutting. Farmer is a self-described strategic hoarder.

He said his art is about destroying things then putting them back together — that Information can be reused or recycled — and no material is off limits. “For me, destruction is a form of creation,” explained Farmer. “I have to go through the destruction process in order to rebuild. At some point I feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I have amassed and I have to purge, choosing what is worth keeping.” Farmer said that sampling, repurposing information, also encompasses the music aspect of his life — that when he is not painting, he is probably recording music. “Lately, I’ve been pretty occupied with converting years worth of cassette tape recordings to digital albums,” said Farmer. “Accompanying these digital albums are album covers that I’ve redesigned by repurposing snippets of paper and images to rework old vinyl record sleeves.” With so many outlets for his creativity, Farmer said that mentally he is always preparing for a show. He spread his wings last March with a solo show at Marshall Arts titled, “Welcome Home.” Farmer said, “I’ve been in a cocoon for a while and this year is probably going to be my ‘butterfly year.’” For more information about Adam Farmer and his art, visit

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AutoZone Liberty Bowl President’s Gala •


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crowd of approximately 1,000 party-goers and football fans gathered at The Peabody to countdown the kickoff of the 2017 AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The 59th President’s Gala began with a cocktail reception in the Continental Ballroom. For the 21st year, Charlotte Neal served as the gala chairperson, leading a committee that included Kevin Alexander, Doug Browne, Debbie Butterick, Honey Cannon, Harold Graeter, Billie Jean Graham, Pam Jones, Pam Kimery, Pat Massengill, Courtney Neal and Ray Pohlman. Musicians Gerry Finney and Andy Gaia performed while guests mingled, sharing their predictions for the outcome of the next day’s game between the University of Memphis and Iowa State. The group moved to the Peabody Grand Ballroom where Andy Childs provided musical entertainment. Steve Ehrhart, Executive Director of AutoZone Liberty Bowl, welcomed attendees and recognized AutoZone Liberty Bowl past presidents and dignitaries including Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell. Mayor Luttrell spoke to the crowd, explaining the significance of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl to the overall bowl tradition. The seated dinner offered a menu of green salad served with a balsamic vinaigrette, a double entree of chicken and See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

filet, mashed potatoes, asparagus and tomatoes. A dessert trio included crème brûlée, berries and cream, and a miniature chocolate torte. Ehrhart made the traditional presentation of crystal vases to Erica Campbell, wife of Matt Campbell, head coach of Iowa State; and Maria Norvell, wife of Mike Norvell, head football coach at the University of Memphis. Next, music legends and Rock & Rock Hall of Famers, The Isley Brothers were brought to the stage as Leigh Shockey, President of the 2017 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, presented them with the Outstanding Achievement Award. “Each year, this award is presented in recognition of excellence in the field of music and entertainment, as well as service to the community,” said Ehrhart. “This year’s honorees, The Isley Brothers, have 27 Top 10 R&B hits and four Grammys. The group has achieved one of the longest, most influential and diverse careers in all genres of popular music.” As The Isley Brothers performed for the crowd, guests got to their feet and filled the dance floor. After the show, there was more music and dancing as Andy Childs returned to the stage. The next day, The Isley Brothers starred in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s halftime spectacular.



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Christine and David Hughes

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Kevin and Hayden Kane

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Tawanda Knight and Derick Marble

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AutoZone Liberty Bowl President’s Gala

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Memphis Moments


Soiree in the Spotlight The Orpheum Theatre Expands Annual Art Auction


he Orpheum Theatre rolled out the red carpet to welcome guests to Soiree in the Spotlight: The Orpheum Auction Reimagined. The 39th annual art auction expanded this year to include the Halloran Centre, featuring outdoor music from Memphis Jones, and an aerial artist from High Expectations. Attendees enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they perused the many amazing luxury items in the online, silent and live auctions. Mobile bidding proved popular for the second year. The night continued in The Orpheum with more items — a Mednikow Boutique, an open bar, and a delicious backstage buffet. Guests danced on stage to the soulful sound of “The Stranger – A Tribute to Billy Joel.” One of the highlights each year is the raffle, and this year’s prizes did not disappoint. The grand prize was a 1970 Mercury Cougar Convertible. All proceeds benefit The Orpheum’s education programs, serving over 50,000 children each year.

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Story and Photos by Gaye Swan

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Yuletide Masquerade Ball An Evening of Splendor


legantly attired ladies and gentlemen stepped through the doors of the WoodruffFontaine House and into the glorious Gilded Age. With satin, bejeweled and feathered masks in place, guests wandered through the landmark Victorian mansion, festively decorated for a Yuletide Masquerade. Each room was staged for the event, including mannequins in period clothing. Harpist Bill Butner serenaded guests from an alcove, and magician Jeffrey Day dazzled with 19th century magic tricks. Ballet DeSoto performed scenes from The Nutcracker in the ballroom. In the carriage house, a heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet featured crab mousse and brownie bites with a whipped maraschino topping. Guests sipped wine as they enjoyed the lovely vocals of Jennifer Lesh. “We take pride in our collections and love showing them off to Memphis, the Mid-South and the world,” said A.J. Northrop, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “We are so grateful for all of our community support.”

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Howl at the Moon A Benefit for Streetdog Foundation


owl at the Moon is all about dogs. They keep on coming, running every which way to survive the wretchedness of life on the street. Hosted by The Warehouse, the annual benefit for Streetdog Foundation drew hundreds of people who support its mission: rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing stray and abandoned dogs in Memphis. Streetdog Foundation relies solely on the efforts of volunteers, foster families and donations. When singer Petunia Breedlove stepped on the stage at the 2017 event, the crowd cheered. Her version of “Rollin’ on the River” captured the reason why Streetdog Foundation came into being in 2009. “Big dogs keep on runnin’, Streetdog keeps on comin’,” she sang. Story and Photos by Virginia M. Davis

Tori Taylor and Nathan Pierce

Linda Bennett, Natasha Waldrop and Ann Dwyer

Ben David Freeman and Colleen Schuetz



February 2018

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Justin Rickert, Alana Deaton and Amber Wright

Jean and Shawn McGhee

Pitunia Breedlove and Sarah Kiriacon

Ed, Taylor and Beth Kobasic

Josh and Anna Kugler

Laurie Hall and Juni Ganguli

Chefs’ Celebrity Gala


Chefs’ Celebrity Gala


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Cooking Up a Good Time

he Memphis Child Advocacy Center has an important mission in our community — to help create a world where children are safe and families are strong. The organization strives to serve children who are victims of sexual and severe physical abuse through prevention, education and intervention. One of the organization’s singe largest fundraiser of the year is the Chefs’ Celebrity Gala. Held at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, the gala was sponsored by the American Culinary Federation, Greater Memphis Chapter and Sysco Memphis. More than 550 guests entered the Holiday Inn dining room where they were greeted by servers offering a choice of fine wines. The red was a lively, but rich, Marchesi Di Barolo Maraia Barbera. The brilliant and gentle white wine, Melini Orvieto, completed the pair. The wines were provided by Southern Glazer’s wine and Spirits of Tennessee. Upstairs there were cash bars available with a complete variety of libations as servers passed around hors d’oeuvres of succulent bacon-wrapped Mississippi Gulf Coast shrimp and Boursin brie tarts. At the silent auction, tables were laden with treasures including a custom gingerbread house, an See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

elaborately hand-carved walking stick, an Austin Blue painting, and several pieces of fine jewelry from Kendra Scott. Guests placed their bids on a steamboat lunch cruise on the American Queen, a Rooftop Party at Old Dominick, a shiny new green bike complete with a picnic for four on The Greenline, and a oneweek stay at Orange Lake Resort and Country Club. The Orpheum donated four box seats to The Beach Boys in concert, and bids were taken on a Robert Trent Jones golf package. Additionally, there was a Tennessee Titans Football autographed by Taylor Lewan, club box seats donated by The Memphis Grizzlies and an outdoor metal fireplace to help the high bidder entertain al fresco on chilly Memphis nights. Among the most coveted items were two beautiful Fender guitars, one signed by Keith Urban and the other autographed by John Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls. A special feature of the evening was the popular Teddy Bear Surprise, where guests could purchase bears along with their surprise gifts (i,e., catered dinners, travel vouchers, weekend vacations and restaurant gift certificates). Diners were ushered in to a fabulous fourcourse dinner where special musical entertainment was provided by Andy Childs and his band.



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February 2018

Jerry and Nina Patton

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Rachel and Chris Cooper

Holly and David Shotsberger


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Memphis Moments


Facing History and Ourselves Memphis Benefit Dinner


ore than 700 supporters gathered in the grand ballroom of the Memphis Hilton for the 2017 Memphis Benefit Dinner to celebrate the vital work of Facing History and Ourselves. The organization celebrated 25 years in Memphis. The event was co-chaired by Myra and Reggie Crenshaw, Dale and Marty Kelman, and Joanna and Josh Lipman. Jelani Cobb, who is a staff writer at The New Yorker and holds the Ira Lipman Professorship at the Columbia School of Journalism, delivered the keynote address. Facing History and Ourselves is a global educational organization that reaches millions of students worldwide every year. Using the lessons of history, as well as history in the making, the organization equips teachers to provide students with the skills to think critically and wrestle with difficult issues. The Facing History and Ourselves Memphis office works to empower a network of educators to facilitate conversations with more than 215,000 students about the roots of racism, antisemitism, and bigotry. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister Sabrina Sahib and Thurman Ward

Terry NeSmith and Susan Satar

Roger Brooks, Phyllis Berz and Jeremy Cramer

Ron and Debbie Lazarov

Michael Uiberall with Robert and Vickie Shaw

Destiny Sobotka, Kim Urquia and Chaya Klein

Elizabeth Walker, Bill Cash and Dana Bottenfield

Dale and Marty Kelman



Leighanne and Jack Soden

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Michale Detroit and Jim Venable

Jelani Cobb and Dr. Erika Henderson


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Josephine Circle Holiday Luncheon


Nan Buck, Paula Stack and Rita Garrigan

Robin Owens and Pat McWilliams

embers of Josephine Circle gathered for a Holiday Luncheon in the dining room of the Crescent Club. The group’s president, Patti Russell, welcomed the attendees and thanked members of the organization’s executive board for all of their hard work throughout the year. The organization raises funds to provide financial assistance to deserving college students from the Mid-South. Russell also recognized the newest members of Josephine Circle and presented each with a holiday gift. Tommie Pardue, entertainment chairman, presented students from the A cappella Choirs of White Station High School as the event’s musical entertainment. Under the direction of choir leaders Joseph Powell and Daniel Massey, the students put everyone in the holiday spirit as they performed several Christmas songs. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Janie Lamppi and Jodi Varner

Mona Sappenfield, Tommie Pardue and Martha McIntosh

Pat Ellis, Sally Gentry, Judy Brauminger and Rhonda Baltier

Linda Ashmore and Pat Massengill

Linda Yoakum, Chrisann Schiro-Geist and Patti Russell

Lisa Johnson, Selma Johnson and Gail Kreunen

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Heels & Hoops Time to “Stripe Up” for Memphis Women’s Basketball


upporters of University of Memphis Women’s Basketball ran with this year’s Heels & Hoops theme of “Stripe Up,” wearing everything from bluestriped overalls and tie-dye t-shirts to button-downs and dresses. The University Holiday Inn hosted and catered the event, now in its eighth year. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour and photo booth before a delicious buffet dinner in the ballroom. Event emcee Jarvis Greer introduced a special dance performance by the women’s basketball team, and DJ Terrence provided entertainment. The event featured both live and silent auctions. Sponsored by the women’s basketball booster Fastbreak Club, the fundraiser has helped provide equipment, send the team on trips, and support Head Coach Melissa McFerrin and staff. “It is our biggest fundraiser, but it is also a big fun party to celebrate the Tigers,” said Nancy Thompson, past president of the Fastbreak Club.

Nitra Perry, Beth Holloway and Danielle O’Banion

Story and Photos by Gaye Swan

Steve Hurley and Erin Howle with Kim and Tom Pfingstag


Nancy and John Thompson with Mary Thompson

Jarvis Greer and Melissa McFerrin

Elizabeth Duncan and Judy Gupton

Dale, K.C. and Matthew Wrighton

Terry Turner, Mary Jones and Clarissa Turner

Madonna Bond with Mike and Jennifer Miller

Gigi and Jim Wiertelak


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Courage Thru Cancer


Courage Thru Cancer


Gina and Greg Hollenbeck

Jack and Leighanne Soden

Championing the Human Spirit

ourage Thru Cancer is a MidSouth organization which tries to ensure that patients who are diagnosed with cancer do not face their crises alone. The organization champions the human spirit, and recognizes the bravery and tenacity of all who have been touched by this disease. More than 500 supporters gathered for a sold-out event at Minglewood Hall to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They were also there to honor those whose personal stories have given inspiration to so many. It was a festive evening for all who attended, with libations flowing from two fully stocked bars, and a fabulous silent auction with treasures up for bids that included four Season Lawn passes to the 2018 Live at The Garden Concert Series at Memphis Botanic Garden, six suite tickets to watch The Memphis Grizzlies play, two suite tickets to see the Nashville Predators, floor seats to watch Memphis take on LSU, and floor seats to see both Janet Jackson and The Foo Fighters, plus many more amazing items. The evening’s music was kicked off by Gerry Finney and Friends, and then headliner Walrus took the stage. There was also a reunion performance by the band that inspired Walrus, The Refugees. Guests enjoyed a mouth-watering feast prepared by Memphis Master Chef Tony Walsh of Yum Yum Road Catering, starting with a fresh and delicious See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

mixed green salad, followed by braised pork on polenta, and vodka chicken pasta, along with mascarpone creamed corn, potato casserole, and green beans with sweet peppers. Dessert featured delectable dipped strawberries with candied bacon. This year’s honorees included Brown Dudley, Kate Horton, Sally Mathis, Robyn Raby, Sam Sudduth, Rod Suess, Jon Thompson and Lauren Weiner. Jon and Courtney Neal chaired the 2017 Courage Thru Cancer event. Co-chairmen were Gerry Finney, Lucy Blackmon, Jeff Fioranelli and Emily Bailey. This year’s event was a record-breaking success, thanks in part to the hard work of Ambassadors Kristi Pelt, Tim McCormack, Steve Gilmore and Carrie Sanders. Special celebrity emcee for the evening was Danni Bruns from 98.1 The Max. 2017 Courage Thru Cancer sponsors included Bud Davis Cadillac, Bank of Bartlett, Buckley’s Grill and Lunchbox, Cumulus Media, Churchill Studios, French Riviera Fitness, Germantown Commissary, AAA Pumping, Lakeside Behavioral Health System, FTB Advisors, Buc Pride, Ramblin’ Rose Photography, Gill Properties, Event Rentals by Hicks, Stellar Cellar, Green Square Capital, Newton’s Trophy Corner, Ultimate Foods, Independent Bank, Skipworth Photography, Nolan Incorporated, Holliday Flowers and Poplar Pike Wine and Liquors.



Mary Gail and Joseph Hale

Lois and Chris Canale with Jim and Ellen Westbrook

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Jim and Mimi Taylor

Story by Bill Bannister Photos by Don Perry

Mary Neal and Beth Marczynski

Corey and Mary Trotz

Braxton Dockery and Ashley Davis

Donna and Keith Renard


Jamie Bodiford and Steve Thompson

Dabney Collier with Christina and Richard Roberts

Courage Thru Cancer

Paula and Donnie Sappington

Karen and Richard Coleman

Mark Sykes and Chris Crone

Kelly Stockel and John Meinhardt

Julia Ethridge and Jacob Carroll

Max Maloney and Marlinee Clark

Raquel and Tommy Carls

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Trip and Elaine Spear

Lauren Wiener and Carrie Sanders

Michael and Paula Head with Connie and Art Cruthirds

Susanna Klocke, Diane Esterman and Lindsay Benton

Metcalf and Madeleine Crump

Bill and Cathy Wilson

Sally and Ted Mattis

Charles and Kalyna Hanover



Judy Driver and Rick Apple

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Holly Clark and Mandy Chauhan

Katherine and Chao Lin


Courage Thru Cancer

Jeff Forbes and Traci Denton

Fred and Mauri Hart

Kelly Iskiwitz, Jackie Etz, Kate Horton, Sarah Lin and Lucie Calvin

Heidi and Ian Rubin de la Borbolla

Joseph and Angela Pieroni

Carolyn Thomas with Keri and Michael Burnette

Jeff White and Melanie Hailey

Philip and Whitney Cruzen

Maddie Belou, Meg Mattis and Holly Oyhenart

Courtney and Jon Neal

Joanna Byrnes and Stacey Greenberg

Marci Martinez, Trey DeHart and Tiffany Lemons

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Power of the Purse Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis fundraiser


ew guests attending the 2017 Power of the Purse Auction at the University Club could resist the powerful attraction of its centerpiece — a dazzle of designer handbags of all shapes and sizes. Nestled among leather totes and evening sophisticates were a rectangular clutch with “bride2be” stenciled on it, license plate-style, and a neonyellow contraption resembling a lunchbox. Courtesy of numerous donors, also drawing bids were jewelry, footwear, packages for fine dining, spa and beauty, travel, entertainment and sports. Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis organized the fundraiser for its Vision 2020 initiative. The project aims to reduce poverty in one of Memphis’ poorest areas, ZIP Code 38126. Since 2015, it has invested $2.2 million in 27 grantee partners.

Amy Schaefer, Lynne Walker, Natasha Sen-Fizdale and Stephanie Simpson

Story and Photos by Virginia M. Davis

Janice Bennett, Ariel Sereika and Janis Risley

Tawanda Pirtle and Pearl Shaw

Susan Prince, Denise Carpenter and Christy Smith



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Shirlee Clark-Barber, Anita Vaughn and Jamie Boswell

Robin Harris, Tabitha Cotton, Evangeline Guest and Phyllis Arnold

Christina Hester, Lindsey Donovan and Leslie Parker

Elaina Norman

Sarah Vaughn and Janeal Humber

Jodi Runger, Katie Walsh and Marjorie Baker


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Memphis Cotton Wives Celebrating the Holidays

M Pat Markum and Rosemary Ballinger

Elaine Wallace, Josie Nuckolls and Dianne Bowen

embers of the Memphis Cotton Wives and their guests celebrated the holidays at their Christmas Luncheon at the Chickasaw Country Club. The event was hosted by Rosemary Ballinger, Joyce Dayton, Marion Neri, Nancy Walker and club president Trish Copley, who presided over the meeting. The luncheon tables were festively decorated with potted miniature poinsettias. The ladies dined on cream artichoke soup, paneed chicken breasts with chive whipped potatoes, bacon green beans amandine, Cointreau beurre blanc and cranberry-orange relish. Classic vanilla creme brûlée with Chantilly cream and fresh berry garnish added a sweet finish to the meal. The gentlemen of Quick Silver Quartet entertained the group with their beautiful harmonies and led the ladies in a sing-along of Christmas songs. As a fundraiser, the group held a live auction with one-of-a-kind items donated by members. A percentage of the proceeds was earmarked to benefit the King’s Daughters and Sons Home. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Trish Copley, Lisa Bobango and Suzanne Fouche

Rhea Schnabel, Barbara Edmiston, Pattie DePriest and Joyce Dayton

Gayle Templeton and Babs Lusk

Nancy Walker, Donna Uitendaal, Nancy Jaffe, Arlene Southern and Linda Barnhardt

Quick Silver Quartet members Jim McLean, Erich Shultz, Jim Sams and Jim Warner

Marion Krag, Carolyn Bagwell, Marianne Schadrack and Kay Price


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Adapt-A-Door Giving Memphis’ Past a Future


emphis Heritage, Inc. (MHI) hosted its ninth annual Adapt-A-Door fundraiser. Jesse Keenan from Slider Inn manned an outdoor grill, serving up tasty hamburger and chicken sliders. Other food sponsors were Bardog Tavern, Wiseacre, 2 Girls and a Whip Cakery and Tart. The Tennessee Screamers provided music as guests gathered at Howard Hall to bid on doors that had been “adopted” by local artists, architects and other creative minds who “adapted” them into works of art and functional furniture. Will McGown was voted Best of Show for his transformation of a door into a slat-back chair. “These one-of-a-kind auction items were tangible reminders of what Memphis Heritage does best, recycling the past,” said June West, MHI Executive Director. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Rhonda Zoch and Carol Hagan

Julie McCullough, Mark Fleischer and Kim McCullough Norris

Ashley and Sterling Fisher

Michelle Koeppen with Laura and Bill Todd

Christy Vargo and Eleanor Halliday

Holly Ford and Chad Fitzwater

Kathy Lou Schultz and Ruth Poston


Margot Payne and June West


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Suzanna Carlson, John Hernandez and Kim-An Goble-Hernandez

Mollie Bussey-Spencer, Preston Battle and Ellis Keplinger

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Greenway Soirée Supporting Wolf River Conservancy


he Wolf River Conservancy’s vital mission is to protect and preserve the Wolf River watershed as a sustainable natural resource through land conservation projects, environmental education and outdoor recreational activities. The Greenway Soirée is the organization’s largest annual fundraiser supporting this important work. This year’s gala was held at Opera Memphis on Wolf River Parkway. Guests were served their favorite libations from fully stocked bars. They enjoyed mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres of beef belly with salsa verde and gold flakes while perusing the silent auction featuring goodies from Oak Hall, Windyke Country Club, Playhouse on The Square, Malco Theaters, and Memphis Pizza Café. The live auction featured a private Eco Tour for 10 on the Wolf River, jewelry from Mednikow Jewelers, floor-level Grizzlies tickets and more. Dinner was prepared by Paradox Catering. Guests danced into the night with tunes from the Earnestine and Hazel’s House Band, featuring Willy Bearden.

Katie Cole, Charles Warner, Marne Anderson and Keith Cole

Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Barbara Kabakoff, Breeze Cayolle and Calvin Turley


Ryan Hall and Haley Houke

Susan and Rick McCollum

David and Michelle Scully

Rachel and Gabe Gabriellleschi

Rick and Kandy Bernskoetter

Jerry and Sharon Hall

Bill and Teresa Bullock

Chip Greer with Brenda and Steve Basar

Chet Jackson and Tanja Mitchell

Mona and Bob Miller


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ormally I really, really hate the month of February. For one thing it is the only month that people regularly mispronounce. For another it is one of those stretches By Dennis Phillippi where there are no real holidays, so I never get a long weekend with my wife. Then there’s the Valentine’s Day deal. No one likes it. No one wants to celebrate it. Everyone agrees that it’s just corporate manipulation to sell cards and candy. And yet we still spend at least a few minutes thinking about how to acknowledge it before coming to our senses. If we are out on that night, we’ll see so many suckers with the flowers and the overpriced evening planned and it makes us feel sad. Superior, yes, but sad, too. And worst of all, February is cold and dark. The days might be getting incrementally longer, but it’s still dark by dinner. And there may be days when it’s as warm as spring, but there will also be days on end when it’s just hat-wearing, nose-freezing, miserably cold. But this February is different — this February we have Winter Olympics. We have two solid weeks of getting to become instant experts on sports we have never watched, or at least, haven’t seen for four years. Added bonus, we get to use the word quadrennial. We only get to use the word quadrennial every two years. This year’s XXIII Olympic Winter Games are being held in PyeongChang, South Korea. I just took a moment to look up PyeongChang, South Korea and it is best known as the host of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. Other than that distinction it’s basically a big ski resort uncomfortably close to the northern border of South Korea, which, as you probably put together for yourself, is uncomfortably close to the southern border of North Korea. Those wacky kids in North Korea have been making quite a game of lobbing ballistic missiles into the Pacific Ocean to see how far they can throw one. They’ve gotten far more than enough hang time to toss one to PyeongChang, but we’re going to pretend that’s not a concern. Please God don’t let this column be in any way prescient. The detractors of the Winter Games all seem to have the same beef — the sports, with the exception of hockey, are all kind of silly. Most of the sports in the Games are really just gravity in action. If you put someone on a pair of slippery skis on a slippery snow-covered mountain, they are going to go downhill very fast. If it were you or me, we would go downhill very fast

— cartwheeling and praying for a merciful death. But these highly trained athletes have mastered going downhill very fast without falling on their head. Still. No gravity, no Giant Slalom. The same is true, of course, for all downhill skiing events. If

Curling is by far the fan favorite during the Winter Games because it combines the things that make us sports fans rabid — it’s weird and it looks like something we could do. Watching the fierce competitiveness of a person sliding a rock the size of a microwave oven towards a target while another person literally sweeps the ice in front of it to speed it along is every bit as compelling viewing as figure skating, without the risk of having to watch grown men cry. you put someone on skis and push them down a hill towards a big ramp. They are going to jump. Or die. Either way, they’re going off that ramp. From what I understand, the main objective in

bobsledding is not hitting the brakes. They’re rocketing down a tube made of ice and all they have to do is not deliberately slow down. There is no reason for them to do so, there are no obstacles. If they really want to pep this one up have someone in a clown suit occasionally pop up. If they slam on the brakes trying not to hit Pennywise, then they lose ... and we win. The only difference I can see between the Luge and the Skeleton is which one is going to get to the bottom head-first and which one feet first. Personally I’d opt for the feet first because I try to avoid unnecessary head injuries. I’m sure that the snowboarding stuff is very, very challenging, but not nearly as challenging as trying to remain interested in watching it. People in baggy ski clothes go up and down the sides of a big snow trough, flipping and turning and making announcers who don’t get to cover any other sports scream themselves hoarse. The most efficient way to get me to tune out is to show some teenager with purple hair doing pretty much anything other than setting themselves on fire. There’s no question that speed skating requires tremendous athletic ability. There’s a reason why they have thighs the size of whiskey barrels, but being a rodeo clown requires great athleticism too, and I don’t find that interesting either. The two Winter Games sports I find the most hypnotic are the biathlon and curling. The biathlon combines two things that were clearly destined to be together, cross-country skiing and target shooting with an air rifle. I kid, but during the games I will become totally enraptured by the biathlon, engrossed in their ski times and breathing while shooting. There was a time when the biathlon used actual rifles, but that was deemed as a health hazard as the occasional biathlete would express homicidal thoughts towards the ski jumpers. “Such easy targets they would make,” they were heard to mutter. Curling is by far the fan favorite during the Winter Games because it combines the things that make us sports fans rabid — it’s weird and it looks like something we could do. Watching the fierce competitiveness of a person sliding a rock the size of a microwave oven towards a target while another person literally sweeps the ice in front of it to speed it along is every bit as compelling viewing as figure skating, without the risk of having to watch grown men cry. The Russians are banned from the Winter Games because they got all dopey, and I, for one, will miss them. Not because they lifted the level of competition, but because it would’ve been fun to watch PED bulked up curling.

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rowing up in the middle 50s, Memphis kids were huge fans of Mars Patrol. The science fiction themed program aired weekday afternoons on WHBQ TV and was hosted by then-Memphis State College student Winston Conrad “Wink” Martindale. After he graduated in 1957, Martindale moved to California, where he has enjoyed a long and successful career as a radio personality, game show host and television producer. Photo courtesy of Wink Martindale If you have a past photo you would like to share with RSVP readers, please contact Emily Adams Keplinger at 276-7787 ext. 105 or e-mail the photo and caption to All photos will be returned promptly.



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