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“A Pink Affair”



When guests arrived at the fifth annual A Pink Affair, they were met by firemen dressed in pink uniforms standing in front of a pink fire truck. As they made their way to the door of the BRIDGES Center, they walked down the pink carpet where paparazzi waited to take their pictures. Inside the venue, decorative touches brought the pink theme to life, from the pink ostrich feathers arranged on the tables to the pink outfits that the members of the 4851 Jazz Band wore. BRIDGES Vice President of Communications, Staci Franklin, and her fund-raising group Staci & Friends for a Cure presented the event, which benefited the Wings Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides help for medically underserved breast cancer survivors. Elegant Eye Catering, Décor, & More served hot hors d’oeuvres, including a mashed potato bar, and a three-layer pink polka dot cake for dessert. Keri Burnette, executive director of Wings, made remarks, and the announcement of a vacation raffle winner ended the program. The lucky prizewinner got the choice of a destination trip for a seven-day vacation to Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Orlando or Freeport Grand Bahamas. Story and Photos by Suzanne Thompson

St. George’s Episcopal Church Arts DeNeuville Learning Center Winter Ball Gala & Antiques Arcade Preview Party

Memphis Consumer Credit Association and Regions Mortgage Benefit

Since 1971, St. George’s Episcopal Church has presented Mid-Southerners with the opportunity to purchase high-quality furnishings at its annual Arts & Antiques Arcade. Guests at the Preview Party were treated to a glimpse of items offered at the sale, including furniture, rugs, china, silver, jewelry and vintage linen. There was so much to see that it was impossible to take it all in during the party, so tickets included a three-day pass, allowing guests to come back every day to shop. Antique dealers from around the country joined local dealers La Maison Antiques, Millstone Market and Nursery, Antique Restoration Studio by Angela and Thomas M. Fortner. Waiters at the party passed through the crowd offering bacon-wrapped artichokes and gazpacho shots. Fascinating Catering Inc. provided the fare, which also included a buffet dinner. The Kathryn Stallins Band played and Ron Childers of WMC-TV conducted the live auction. The 2014 sale, chaired by Erika Ewen, benefited Emmanuel Center, the MidSouth Food Bank and the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association.

On a blustery evening, Welch Dining Hall on the campus of Hutchison School was filled not with students, but with adults who turned out for the 13th annual DeNueville Learning Center (DLC) Winter Ball Gala. The silent auction offered unique items, perfect for gift giving, including jewelry, trips – one was courtside seats and lodging for a Grizzlies away game – and an Italian dinner for 10 people, cooked by one of the Memphis Italian Fest teams. Chuck’s Catering provided a buffet of hors d’oeuvres. Project Motion, a modern dance ballet ensemble made up of Hutchison students, performed, and the Collierville United Methodist Church Bell Choir chimed a few holiday inspired pieces. Hutchison students regularly volunteer at DLC as part of the school’s Community Based Learning Program. Guests were treated to a video highlighting the clients of the center, which was written and produced by Hutchison students and depicted the impact DLC had in the lives of the women it serves through education and counseling. Sharon Ryan, senior vice president for International Paper, was honorary chair. Lori Bramlett, executive director of DLC, said 97 percent of the $50,000 the event generated went directly back to the operations of the center.

As the season of giving approaches, Memphis Consumer Credit Association and Regions Mortgage held their 3rd annual Auction & Wine Tasting benefiting Make-A-Wish® Mid-South. The silent auction held over 40 items this year. The food and wine was provided by Off The Square Catering and hosted wines from the Napa area like the Str. Suprey Sauvignon Banc and the Aquinus Pinot Noir. The wine paired beautifully with the wild mushroom crostinis and the spicy tuna tartar in wonton crisps. This year’s event also included a live auction and a wine grab. The live auction featured a Green Egg, a GoPro Hero 3+, a set of pearls and a two-night stay for one lucky couple to Secrets The Vine Cancun. The wine grab presented bottles of wine ranging from $15 to $100. Attendees could purchase a cork and win a bottle of wine. The event was a huge success and raised $10,000, of which 100 percent of the proceeds went to Make-A-Wish® MidSouth. Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of children diagnosed with a life- threatening medical condition. Over the past 5 years, Memphis Consumer Credit Association and Regions have been privileged to grant nine wishes.

Story and Photos by Suzanne Thompson

Story and Photos by Suzanne Thompson

Story Submitted Photos by Cara Marsico

Keri Burnette, Staci Franklin and Melissa William Jennifer Michalski, Paul Michalski and Terry Brough Joyce Venzina and Jan Corkern

Tony and Tami Salvaggio with Maria and Brad Lansing

Johnnie, Janice and Joyce Taylor Bill Thorsberg with Dorothy and Herb Wells and Mary Thorsberg

Luke and Joyce Harris

Erika Ewen and Tayler Ewen

Karley Bond and Tracy Dougan

Ed and Dessia Nichols

Seth Regenold, Greta Regenold, Toni Holmes, Gray Morrison and Rebekah Sudduth

RSVP Magazine January 2015  

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 January 2015  

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...