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Onsite III Cancer Card Xchange Fund-Raiser

Holiday Chalet

Grand Krewe of Ennead Coronation

Kelli and Walt Geminn opened their historic Collierville home to help the Cancer Card Xchange celebrate the holidays in style. Emily Thomas founded the nonprofit in 2011, and the organization, run from her home office, has sent gift cards to more than 700 people living with cancer around the country. “We depend completely on monetary and gift card donations,” Thomas says. A cancer survivor herself, Thomas began giving gift cards to cancer patients as a way of imparting a bright moment along their journey. Cancer Card Xchange also accepts donations of gift cards that have gone unused. This party garnered $3,000 for Thomas’ effort to keep giving gift cards that create happy memories.

Drs. Lynn and Kevin Foley welcomed a crowd to their Germantown home last December for the Holiday Chalet fund-raiser benefitting the programs and outreach of the Germantown Performing Arts Center. Erling Jensen provided the fare, which included lobster macaroni and cheese and buffalo cutlets. A group from Opera Memphis gathered round the piano and led a Christmas carol sing-along. Approximately $35,000 was raised for GPAC.

The coronation ball of the Grand Krewe of Ennead is one of the markers of the start of the Carnival Memphis social season. Members from all ten of the krewes met at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis to welcome in the new Ennead royalty. Queen Marion Marr and King Bernie Krock assumed their places on their thrones and decreed it a night of fun for all.

Story and Photos by Suzanne Thompson

Story and Photos by Suzanne Thompson

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis 30th Anniversary Celebration Hardin Hall at the Memphis Botanic Garden was packed with employees, executives and supporters of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis gathered to celebrate the organization’s 30th birthday. Since 1983, the nonprofit has helped 430 families reach the goal of homeownership. “This marks 30 years of building hope,” Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said during his remarks. Story and Photos by Suzanne Thompson

Story and Photos by Suzanne Thompson

Ron South and Deni Hirsh


52 Jean Oliver, Lydia Sullivan and Judith Johnstone

Emily and Joel Thomas with Kelli and Walt Geminn

Christin McKinnie and Amy Goodman

Joan Weiss and Tommie Pardue with Honey Scheidt

Emily and Rev. Mark Matheny

Bernie Krock and Marion Marr

Herbi Kristle and Meg Kristle

Paul and Jennifer Chandler with Drs. Lynn and Kevin Foley

Jennifer Murphy and Angie Thomas

Brad Waters with Dr. Anca Pop and Lucia Pop

Kathy Sapp and Phyliss Fickling with Amber Roettgen

Jonathan Reckford and Dwayne Spencer

RSVP Magazine March 2014