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Sparkling Nights Taste of the Town Imagine Ball

2370 Carters Grove Lane

1655 Courts Meadow Cv.



Collierville, TN

Germantown, TN 38138

Spectacular location on a 1.39 acres Estate in the heart of Germantown. This custom built home is nestled among mature trees and features 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths and 2 half baths. Private master suite and renovated luxurious master bath to get away. Open plan is the perfect for entertaining. Beautiful windows and sunroom overlook the picturesque property, expansive patios and gunite pool. Other amenities include a game room, separate study and craft room in this 8300+ sq ft home. Call today to schedule a showing!

Living is easy in this custom home situated on 1.06 acres of lush landscaping and gardens. You will love the ambience of the spacious covered patio and pergola overlooking the private pool. This captivating home is located in Halle Plantation, known to many as “The Crown Jewel of Collierville.” This 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath gem has approximately 7,000 sq ft of fine finishes, a designated in-law suite, media room with flat screen and 6 theatre recliners, bonus room, office and flex room. The in-law suite offers a private entrance, full kitchen, living and dining rooms, bedroom, bath, walk-in closet and a private covered patio. Visit for a video tour.

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200 Clara Dr. Eads, TN 38028


Jessica Collier 901.832.4294

WOW! Enter through the custom gate to this beautiful 3 or 4 bedroom home with separate 3 bedroom 2 bath guest house on 10+ acres that's fenced and cross fenced with 5 paddocks and a 6 stall barn. Screened in porch, chef's kitchen, solarium and deck all overlook the gorgeous pool and 38 acre, spring fed lake for the fishing enthusiast. 1800 sq ft shop, equipment sheds, back up diesel generator. So much more! Check out YouTube video and

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Contents October 2017


Signature Memphis • 10 Tina Sullivan Helping shift the community's views of green spaces

StreetSeen • 13 Dennis Lynch Offering an alternative for The Greensward

StreetSeen • 16 Elizabeth Holliday Fashioning exceptionally simple coats and jackets

RSVPhillippi • 53 What's Up Doc? Dennis shares his medical odyssey


Matt and Joni Oates

Memphis Moments • 18, 19, 28, 36, 38, 40, 48, 50 & 51

Garrison Ball and Courtney Brooks

Sparkling Nights • 20 An auction, wine and food tasting for SRVS

Cover Photo

Juni Ganguli and Laurie Hall at Sparkling Nights Photo by Don Perry

Table of Contents Photo

Crosstown Concourse Central Atrium Photo by Krista Geyer



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Linda Prindale and Sandy Harmon

Taste of the Town • 30 A culinary and social experience supporting Madonna Learning Center

Holly and Ben Bronson

Imagine Ball • 42

A benefit for the American Cancer Society

RSVP Staff Volume XXII • Number X

October 2017 Publisher Roy Haithcock Editor Emily Adams Keplinger Copy Editor/Accounting Ruth Cassin Contributing Writers Bill Bannister Suzanne Thompson Cozza Dennis Phillippi Rebekah Yearout Art Director Krista Geyer

Chris Pugh

Account Executive Chris has been exercising his talent in the advertising world since 1999. He joined the RSVP team in 2009 and brought with him a love for laughter and creativity. Originally from New Albany, Mississippi, Chris has settled in Memphis and enjoys being active in the fashion community.

Photographers Don Perry Steve Roberts Rebekah Yearout Account Executive Chris Pugh RSVP Memphis is published monthly by Haithcock Communications, Inc. First class subscriptions are available for $55.00 per year. Send name and address with a check to:

Haithcock Communications, Inc. 2282 Central Avenue Memphis, TN 38104

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Our treatment utilizes the patient’s own stem cells for rejuvenative benefits

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Krista Geyer Art Director

Krista has spent most her entire life in the Mid-South area. She moved home after earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University and is thrilled to be able to work on something as “Memphis” as RSVP Magazine. When not working you can probably find Krista at Shelby Farms with her husband and her dogs or riding her horses.

Beautiful and lasting memories are as simple as More pictures than would ever fit in a magazine are online and available on our website. If you’re looking for a photo that one of our photographers took at a major social event and is featured in our magazine, that photo may be readily available through our web address. Just go to our site, click on the event, and remember the password: rsvp.

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From the Editor



f you love pumpkins, Halloween and everything Fall, then October is your month! With it comes a plethora of seasonal delights. Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, harvest festivals, spooky parties and haunted houses are all cueing up for a frightfully good time.

Pumpkin Patches

Pop-up pumpkin patches are joining area farmers markets to offer numerous varieties of pumpkins and gourds — versatile vegetables for cooking and decorating. • Priddy Farms, 4595 N. Germantown Road - pumpkins, hayrides and more! (Free to enter, but activities are $1 – $5 and pumpkins are $1 – $12) • Second Baptist Church, 4680 Walnut Grove Road - pumpkins, hay bales and flowers. Open Mondays – Saturdays 10 a.m. until sunset, and Sundays noon to until sunset. There’s also a free Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 21, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more information, call 901.682.3395 or visit • Lindenwood Christian Church, 2400 Union Avenue, call 901.458.8506 or visit

Corn Mazes

• Mid-South Maze, Agricenter, International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road - "Bee Amazed" as you wind your way through the honeycomb and bee-styled corn maze at the Agricenter through Nov. 4. The maze is haunted on Friday and Saturday nights. For more information, including prices and hours of operation, call 901.870.6338 or visit • Shadowlands Festival of Fear, Jones Orchard, 6880 Singleton Parkway in Millington • Jones Orchard turns their picturesque farm into a scary Halloween horror story during October. They have a creepy corn maze and a haunted hayride, open on Fridays and Saturdays, plus Oct. 30 and 31. Call 901.873.3150.

Festivals and Parties

• Harvest Festival, Oct. 21 at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - This annual event is free to the public and offers pumpkin-painting, kid's activities, arts and crafts, hayrides, food and bluegrass music. • Spirits with the Spirits, Oct. 27 at Elmwood Cemetery, 824 S. Dudley - The party in the cemetery starts at 7 p.m. Costumes or casual black and white attire encouraged. For tickets visit • Haunted Happenings, Oct. 27 at Woodruff-Fontaine, 680 Adams Avenue, 6-10 p.m. - Take a guided tour of the Woodruff-Fontaine House and enjoy Victorian-themed fun like fortune telling, a paranormal investigation and treats. Costumes are encouraged. For tickets visit

Haunted House

• Wicked Ways Haunted House, 160 Cumberland Street - Feed your fears at one of the scariest haunted house in town in a warehouse near Wiseacre Taproom. Proceeds benefiting St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For tickets visit To scare up more family fun events, visit



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Emily Adams Keplinger

Signature Memphis


Tina Sullivan

Executive Director, Overton Park Conservancy Best Memphis Hangout: Overton Park First Car You Owned: 1978 Toyota Celica Hometown: Memphis (specifically, Frayser) Favorite Southern Idiom: Bless your heart Who Would Play You Favorite Place


in a

Movie: Will Ferrell

Travel: Any place I’ve never been

Your Best Quality: My seemingly infinite ability to forgive Your Favorite Memphis “Thang”: Errrbody knows errrbody Favorite Song: Whatever is playing on WEVL at any given time Best Advice You Ever Got: Surround yourself with quality people Your Most Annoying Habit: Making stupid jokes at inappropriate moments Place You Go

to Think: The streams and rivers of the Ozarks, far away from people and cell phone reception

Something You’ll Never Live Down: Probably one of the stupid jokes I’ve made at one of those inappropriate moments

One Goal You’d Still Like to Accomplish: Someday I’d like to become one of the volunteer river guides for the Wolf River Conservancy Proudest Moment

of Your Life: Finally overcoming my fear of imperfection and embracing the beautiful chaos of life. We’re all on a journey.

Your Lucky Charm: My engagement ring, which is a bone fossilized in quartzite that my husband picked up while we were hiking and had made into a ring. The Highlight of Your Day: Finding something in our lush natural environment that surprises me – the yellow crowned night herons that roost in Midtown, a fox in the Old Forest at Overton Park, a fat skink sunning itself on the sidewalk. A Nonliving Celebrity/Role Model You Would Invite



Photo by Steve Roberts

Celebrities don’t impress me much. My grandmother was my role model, and I would love to invite her to dinner; because she would do the cooking and would make more food than anybody needed, and would invite more people than the house could hold. And she would make each person feel like a revered special guest. Then she’d break out the Scrabble board and beat the pants off of anybody who challenged her (all the while explaining the meaning of all the Latin terms she used to beat us).



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Featured Pets: Bonded pair Bruno and Gilbert! These two dogs are required to be adopted together.

Sunny Meadows Safe Haven for Pets is the largest no-kill rescue in the Mid-South. We are lucky enough to have a large facility where we house most of our animals until they find a new forever home. At the core of Sunny Meadows, there is a small staff of hard working people just trying to help all the animals we can. We take pride in knowing all we can know about our current furry residents so we can help match them with the ideal family and make that transition as smooth as possible.

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Bruno Gilbert Bruno is a spunky little seven year old Bichon Frise/Poodle mix when around other dogs. Unfortunately, he lived a couple of years of his life in a puppy mill where he got no socialization. He is timid and shy with people, but we think, with time and patience, he can learn to trust humans! He will need a quieter home where he can relax and flourish with Gilbert.

Gilbert is a six year old poodle with gorgeous grey/blue ears. He also happens to be Bruno’s bonded partner. Gilbert came from the same despicable conditions as Bruno, with no reason to cling to people. That past led them to cling to each other — they rely on one another for direction and comfort when they are scared. Gilbert loves spending his down time cuddling with his “brother” on an oversized, soft bed!

Dennis LyncH Community Activist Championing The Greensward Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photo by Steve Roberts



Exit northwards on N. McLean


s a young boy growing up in a small town outside of Albany, New York, Dennis Lynch recalls that he always “wanted to know where roads went.” “As early as fourth grade, I can remember being fascinated by maps,” said Lynch. “I’d look at images in books of different areas and draw (not trace) the mapped areas, trying to gain a better understanding of maps and their legends.” As the years went by, Lynch graduated from high school in Grand Haven, Michigan, and his interest in travel expanded into a curiosity about outer space. “The US landed on the moon in 1969 while I was a sophomore in college,” said Lynch. “I was studying aeronautical engineering at MIT, and I actually wanted to be an astronaut — but I was too tall. I’m 6 foot 3 inches and the height limit at that time was 6 feet.” The summer after Lynch graduated from college, he hitchhiked around the country with a



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fraternity brother. “We had fun and met a lot of interesting people, but then I returned to Cambridge for my first professional job as an engineer, followed by graduate school at MIT and three years transportation planning for the Boston region. I had a great job helping to plan expansion of Boston’s transit system, and working within a great community input process. Around that time, Fred Smith came to talk with students and recent MIT graduates about his new company, Federal Express. “As fate would have it, shortly thereafter I met a Federal Express sales manager at a transportation conference in DC who forwarded my resume, which got me invited to Memphis for an interview. I had a job offer by the time I had returned to Boston.” Lynch explained that the job offer as an industrial engineer was intriguing, but what really tipped the scales in favor of moving to Memphis was something else transportation-related. He knew that a group of Memphis citizens had blocked an interstate that was going to be constructed right through Overton Park. “I thought that Memphis must be a great

Pedestrian/ Emergency place to live because the community had been willing to speak up for what it wanted — or in this case, what it didn’t want — overriding highway engineers and city planners,” said Lynch. So it should come as no surprise that Lynch has since taken a role in addressing another traffic issue that is at odds with Overton Park — parking on The Greensward. Lynch, an engineer and environmentalist, is the local Sierra Club Chair and the Tennessee Chapter’s Transportation Chair. He is also a founding member of Memphis’ Pedestrian Advocacy Council and Co-Chair of the Memphis Transportation Advisory Committee of the Memphis Area Council for Citizen’s with Disabilities. “The Sierra Club’s mission statement, which I proudly support, includes the phrase, ‘To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.’ Since my background is in transportation, I try to focus much of



Inbound traffic from N Parkway Entrance Automobile, bicycle, pedestrian

The Greensward

my personal efforts on transportation-related matters,” said Lynch. “With regard to Overton Park, I toured the area with Tina Sullivan, executive director of Overton Park Conservancy, along with two individuals in wheelchairs. The purpose was to look at shortcomings of access for individuals with disabilities.” Ultimately, Lynch developed a list of issues that needed to be addressed, and expanded his comments to include other transit service concerns for people with disabilities (i.e., bus stops missing curb ramps for wheelchairs, jaywalking, and general suggestions to help drivers to be more aware of pedestrians). As for the current issue with the Greensward, Lynch acknowledges the Memphis Zoo’s need for additional parking. However, he doesn’t agree that people should have to drive through Overton Park to get to the zoo. He has co-developed a plan with Fergus Nolan that would yield up to 2,500 spaces

— “and does not take up even a square inch of The Greensward.” Lynch described the plan saying, “Our maximum density plan proposes a solution to the traffic backups in the park, as well as on McLean. The plan is based on using the existing park entrance on North Parkway and a simple path to the parking lot (using mostly existing roadbeds adjacent to and within the zoo). One general rule of planning traffic flow is that you should go directly from your major road to your destination without impinging on some other facility.” Lynch is confident that the proposed plan will offer benefits to zoo guests, as well as nearby local neighbors who can regain their on-street parking. The plan’s suggestion of taking payment after cars are parked could solve another traffic bottleneck in the zoo-entry problem. In pursuing the next citizen-driven cause to

Rainbow Lake

protect Overton Park, Lynch concludes, “We freely admit that our map is rough and some refinement will be needed. But our plan clearly shows that the zoo’s needs can be handsomely met without taking away from Charles Kessler’s masterpiece. Overton Park deserves to be enjoyed by its many users, without fumes, noise and safety issues from traffic and loss of green space.” Lynch’s final statement about Overton Park and the plan he and Nolan developed is that, “There are many people from all over the city who value the park, and who have stood up for years, and in numerous ways, to protect the park — like Naomi Van Tol and her leadership of the campaign to protect the Old Forest. I am proud to have worked with many of them. We will continue to promote our new zoo parking plan to make sure it gets serious attention from the city and from the Zoo Parking Committee.”

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Elizabeth Holliday Creating Enduring Style

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Steve Roberts




ith almost 20 years of design and pattern expertise, Elizabeth Holliday creates beautiful enduring style. Working from her home studio in Cooper Young, Holliday launched her business, DeNovo Style, by focusing on making couture coats. “From pattern to finish, I love the process,” said Holliday. “I wear and try out all the styles, giving me a unique insight into the fit, the functionality and the aesthetics of each piece. Gorgeous fabrics and closures are carefully hand-picked for each style, then sewn with meticulous detail.” Although Holliday gets much of her fabric directly from European mills in Italy and France, she has a deep conviction that everything in her line be made in America. She makes many pieces herself, with some construction assistance from a small sewing house in Los Angeles, as well as a handful of seamstresses sourced locally from the Greater Memphis area. Bolts of fabric are stacked several feet high in a storage room, while the walls of her studio are full of post-it notes sporting possible design ideas. Holliday added, “Gorgeous imported fabrics from Italy, custommade for me in rich spicy colors, highlight the collection this fall. The Italian wools are very textural. The cuts are flattering and the fabrics are dimensional and wonderful to the touch.” For Holliday, it all starts with a design that pops into her head and becomes a pattern. Then she determines which fabric is best-suited for the design, often based on the fabric’s weight and drape. Alpaca is a regular fabric of choice for Holliday’s couture coats. And this year she has added a line of Japanese rainwear fabrics. “They look like crinkly nylon and are very lightweight,” says Holliday, “perfect for our Memphis weather.” When asked how she got her start, Holliday said, “I’m a fabric addict. Three generations of women in my family have exhibited a strong creative streak. My maternal grandmother took my mother and my aunts to department stores to hone their sense of style. She would ask them to point out clothing they liked, then she would make patterns out of newspaper and recreate the clothing for them, custom-fitted.” Holliday continued, “My

mother taught me how to sew. One of the first things I made was a coat with a matching hat — for my dog.” By the time she was 16, Holliday had started using store-bought patterns to make clothes for herself, and continued doing so through high school and college. “During my college years, I always had a sewing area in my various apartments,” recalled Holliday. “The turning point for me was when I met a girl from Paris, France who had studied fashion design. I would go to her apartment and pore over pattern drafting books, learning how to construct patterns from measurements. One day she asked me why, since I obviously loved fashion design, didn’t I go to design school.” By that time, Holliday had already completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. So she headed to the West coast where she completed a two-year design program at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in San Francisco. Upon graduation, Holliday learned her trade in a small design firm in San Francisco. She began as a “cutter” and was mentored by the owner for six years. It was there that Holliday says she learned not only what it takes to design a collection, but how to organize and run a business. “Owning my own business is a dream come true. I like being able to set my own hours. But the main advantage is not having my creative limits defined by someone else,” explained Holliday. This year will mark the fifth time that Holliday has participated in the River Arts Fest, scheduled to take place Oct. 27 - 29 in Downtown Memphis.  With a motto of “Work. Travel. Play. Look amazing no matter where your day takes you,” it comes as no surprise that Holliday has been able to develop a strong local following. To learn more about DeNovo Style, visit

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Memphis Moment


Blues on the Bluff A Benefit for WEVL FM 89.9


he only thing hotter than the weather during Blues on the Bluff was the music. The sole fundraising event for radio station WEVL, FM 89.9, was held at the National Ornamental Metal Museum on a sizzling summer night. WEVL stands for “We Volunteer,” the call letters chosen in 1976 when the station was founded, because the disc jockeys are volunteers, according to Brian Craig, program director at WEVL. The station launched the annual musical event in 1989. Three local bands performed, with The MDs returning to the event and opening the show. First-time performers at the fundraiser were headliner Ghost Town Blues Band, which stopped in town during a U.S. tour, and Marcella & Her Lovers, whose sultry sounds closed out the show. “The music was great, and the crowd really enjoyed it,” says Craig. Central BBQ was on hand and Schafly Brewery was the beverage sponsor. The Peddler Bike Shop also sponsored the event. Story and Photos by Suzanne Thompson Cozza

Mary Dudley and Wendell Wells Blankenship

Sadie Norden and Jenifer Lipe

Erin Vickers, Mike Roman, Andy Coco, Katie Lange and Kristin Gleich

Bill and Laura Todd



Ghost Town Blues Band (back row:) Preston McEwen, Suavo Jones, Kevin Houston and Taylor Orr (front row:) Tim Stanek, Matt Isbell and Matthew Korner

Phil and Jeannie Ashford

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David Coleman and Judy Green with James and Emily Litzow

Scott and Lauren Ready with Caroline Smart and Maureen McGargill

Cookie and Mike Swain

Robert Propst, Liz Crowder and John Langan


Memphis Moment

Moonlighting for a Cure In Support of St. Jude Children’s Hospital


Wednesdee Canale, and Patrick Seiler

Debra Black and Anna Birkedahl

t was a hot night on Beale as seven bands rocked the stage of the Tin Roof to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Moonlighting For A Cure got under way with The Mighty Electric St. Jude Band leading the pack. There was a standing room only crowd of music lovers and supporters who came out to do their part for St. Jude. Party-goers bought raffle tickets for treasures like a Moonlighting For a Cure electric guitar, a full-size classic Sun Records sign, plus an assortment of fine wine and art works by local artists. Up for bids on the silent auction table were one-of-a-kind goodies from The Memphis Grizzlies, Hollywood Feed, Wiseacre Brewery, and Bluff City Escape Rooms. Sponsors included Regions Bank, Hog And Hominy, Mulan Asian Bistro, Radio Memphis, and Sheffield Antiques Mall. WMC TV5’s Ron Childers was the celebrity emcee. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Angela and Eddie Williamson

Manami Saenz and Amanda Reeves

Anna Kelly and Alexis Long

John and Patty Varner with Brenda Gallini

Scott Dodson and Alisha Boucher

Eric Schiavone, Paul Tomes and Greg Cobb

Jenna Lisi and Ashley Brown

Allura and Curtis Pulliam

Mark and Kristi Lindquist

Janina and Joshua Cosby with Shawn Kelly

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Sparkling Nights


Sparkling Nights


Andy and Lynn Thompson

Kevin Bentley and Susie Blaiss

Supporting SRVS

RVS hosted its signature fundraiser at  the Holiday Inn - University of Memphis. The 19th annual event, “Sparkling Nights,” was a benefit for SRVS services for people with disabilities. Presenting sponsors were Sedgwick and Wanda and John Barzizza.  Denise and George Brogdon served as honorary co-chairs of the event.  Dazzling lights, purple netting and other festive décor marked the way to the mezzanine where the gala’s fundraising efforts included a wine pull. Also, wine glasses, handpainted by individuals supported by SRVS, were available for purchase. Representatives from more than 22 wineries across the United States were on hand to conduct wine tastings.  The event also included a silent auction, a live auction, and food from some of Memphis’ favorite restaurants. Tyler Hampton, SRVS Executive Director, gave the welcoming remarks and recognized Dottie Jones, SRVS Chairman of the Board. Joe Birch, Jr., WMC-TV News Anchor, was the evening’s emcee.  WMC-TV Chief Meteorologist Ron Childers conducted the live auction.  There was also a legacy tribute honoring Dorothy Wilson, with her son, Spence Wilson, speaking about her engagement with SRVS. Proclamations from Memphis See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

Mayor Jim Strickland and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell also acknowledged “her visionary leadership in helping to open SRVS’ founding program, at the time, called Sheltered Occupational Workshop.” The 2017 guest artist was Joey Evangelisti, 27, whose painting, “Lady with a Butterfly,” was auctioned as the event’s commemorative artwork. Described as “an intricate interpretation from the cover of a National Geographic magazine, painted with markers, acrylic and crayons,” this work included a personalized poem by Cleve Stevens. “Joey, a prolific artist, is challenged with autism,” said Diana Fedinec, PR Manager for SRVS. “He attended Memphis City Schools and was first exposed to art instruction at Richland Elementary. He continued his art instruction at Kingsbury Vocational High School and White Station High School and twice won the Gold Key from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards from the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.” This year the SRVS Kids & Families Spotlight was on Elizabeth Draughon, 3, who started at SRVS Kids & Families (SKF) when she was 18 months old. She was accompanied by her mother, Chef Neely Draughon, owner of Off the Square Catering.



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Vonne McBride and Kim Cherry

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Don Perry

Sabina and Jack Dempsey

Patricia Ramage and Carolyn Mayo

Barren Makita and Susanne Prain

Wanda Barzizza and Marion Marr

Anne Wesberry, Gwen Brown and John McCormick

Kathy and Roger Sapp



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Bernie Krock, Deveaux Burford, Barbara Patronis and Jeff Box

Rod DeBerry, Johnetta Newson, Carolyne Butler and Katrina Burns

Greg and Patrice Grisham

Stephen White and Nancy Cox

Lisa and Scott Marcom with Kevin and Janet Scheuner



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Luke and Kate Hall

Brittany and Garet Gordon

Gail and Mike Huey

Ben and Brooke Rainwater wth Natalie and Joe Birch


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Jeanne and John Fuffy with Nancy and Ken Thielemier

Larry and Mary Ann Watson with Richard and Susan Schmidt

George Pratt with Carly and Chris Pratt

Jim Beck and Stacy Maize with Janet and Jay Mehan

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Kathy and Dale Menkel

Laevon Dawson and Camille McAtee

Henry Lyons and Christina Wright

Josh Baldwin and Michele Warren

Rebecca Stanton and Jeanne Goddard



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Cindy Hawthorne and Donna Kobb

Lester Brown and Ann Dandridge

George and Jackie Falls

Steve Ehrhart and John Barzizza

Donna Lillard and Hal Fogelman

Harold and Dawn Graeter

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Cocktails for a Cause Raising Funds for Restore Corps


crowd gathered poolside at the Central Gardens home of Kathy and Kelly Fish for their “Cocktails for a Cause.” More than a social event, the party had a purpose — raising money for a local nonprofit organization. Restore Corps, a program of Memphis Leadership Foundation, was the beneficiary of this event. Kathy invited friends to stop by and have a cocktail or two, and to make a donation to the featured organization. She also asked the organization to invite their supporters, and to secure a donor who provided matching funds. Matt Haagan of State Farm Insurance joined an anonymous donor to provide matching funds of over $4,000. “Restore Corps works to empower survivors, as well as equip communities, to change the system with regard to human trafficking and sex slavery in Tennessee,” explained Rachel Haagan, executive director of Restore Corps. “Cocktails for a Cause was started to celebrate and raise awareness for all the great work being done by nonprofit organizations by dedicated passionate Memphians,” said Kathy. “The outpouring of support for the Restore Corps was no exception. It was a great evening.” Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Thomas Woodley and Martha Villavicencio

Karen Golightly and Tom Link

Candace Tate and Nichole Brooks

Andrea McLeod, Whitney Trotter and Rachel Knox

oan Foley, Tanya Ellrich, Pam Proctor and Doris Porter



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Nathan Tipton and Andy Mueller

Mary Nease and Kelly Fish

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Taste of the Town


Sara Whitten and Alexandra McDaniel

Delaney Timberman and Rose Heckendorf

Benefiting Madonna Learning Center

he Great Hall and Conference Center of Germantown was the setting for the 17th annual Taste of the Town. The event was presented by First Tennessee Bank and hosted by the Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce to benefit Madonna Learning Center, which provides faithbased education and social interaction for children and young adults with developmental disabilities. Janie Day, president of the Germantown Chamber, stated “The food was wonderful and it was very successful,” she said. “We brought it back to Germantown. This event started in Germantown 17 years ago, and though it’s been at other places since, it needed to be in Germantown.” She added that although not all the restaurants are located in Germantown, they wanted to draw guests from the metropolitan area—for example, Old Dominick Distillery, which is a new attraction Downtown. Old Dominick provided samples of its whiskey and vodka, as well as its own Memphis Toddy. "Old Dominick was very pleased with the response and they think they have some new customers,” Day said. Two of the items up for bid in the live auction were the Seaside Winner’s Choice, a tropical beach vacation in Playa del Carmen, Los Cabos, Costa Rica or Belize and the Skyline Winner’s Choice, a 3-night stay in historic See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

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Victoria Docaueo, Vickie Jones, Sunnye Boyd and Kathleen Carey

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Bourbon and Bows Supporting Business Travel Scholarships


stunning view of east Memphis from the top of the Crescent Center provided the backdrop for Bourbon and Bows, hosted by the Business Travel Association to benefit scholarships to further knowledge of business travel. Over 100 attendees from travel industry suppliers, corporations, Memphis Shelby County Airport, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau and a host of local and national sponsors were on hand. Guests sampled fine bourbons like Larceny, Contradiction, Elijah Craig, and Old Grand Dad. Chef Stanley of the Crescent Club served up Purple Hull Pea Fritters, Chicken with Bourbon Sauce, Fried Green Tomatoes, Blackeyed Pea Salsa, Shrimp and Grits, and Bread Pudding. Bowties were provided by Courtenay Elliott of Doggone Bowties. Patti Shaw made bowtie covered Oreo cookies and brownies. Music was from the Po Boys, and Chris Jarman from 98.1 The Max was special celebrity emcee. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Traci and Josh White with Brook Dilworth

Courtenay Elliott and Paul Henderson


Josh and Allison Tribo

Suzanne Denzin with Tracy and Hobbs DeWitt

Rebecca Dawson, Ken Parish and Toi Masters

Mary Oglesby and Brooke Halle

Weesie Percer and Lisa Hirschman with Jody and Larry Unterberger


James and Beverlie Jones

October 2017

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Shana and Mike Crittenden

Emily Holley and Mike Evans

Marc Hampton with Yolanda and Levon Anthony-West

Memphis Moment


Susan G. Komen Survivor Luncheon 25th Anniversary Celebration


pproximately 350 people gathered at the Holiday Inn - University of Memphis as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate hosted its annual Survivor Luncheon. Cancer survivors and Race for the Cure sponsors were there to support one another and celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary and the advancements being made in the fight against breast cancer. Pat McRee was the 2017 Honorary Survivor Race Chair. WREG News Channel 3 anchors Stephanie Scurlock and Greg Hurst served as emcees. Sheri Y. Prentiss, MD, was the keynote speaker and Kenny Lackey provided music and entertainment for the luncheon. “We are so honored to have served our community since 1993,” said Elaine Hare, Chief Executive Officer of Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth. “The original group of ladies who gathered around that now famous kitchen table had no idea that by 2017 the Race for the Cure would generate over $10.5 million in community grants for the Mid-South, and over $3 million in funds for breast cancer research. The more money we raise, the more lives that are saved.” Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Stephanie Scurlock and Greg Hurst

Dana Mann and Janet Chestnut

Marie Hutton and Leigh Anne Young

Rita Holden, Leslie Daniel and Theresa Dillihunt



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Sandra Lehman and Marcia Scheuner

Lorraine Wolf, Raphael McInnis and Elaine Hare

Morgan Rittenhour, Emily Schneider and Marty Fernandes

Jennifer and William Winstead

Jodi Hunter and Yolanda Dillard

Ron Walters and Robyn Callaway

Alyssa Throckmorton, Beth Turner and Kellie Prescott

October 2017



Memphis Moment


Carpenter Art Garden 5th Anniversary Celebration


arpenter Art Gardens celebrated its 5th anniversary at its annual art show. It was the first time the show was held on one of the six formerly blighted properties it has purchased on Carpenter Street since its launch in 2012, said founder Erin Harris. She believes cleaning up blighted properties on the street, and using art to beautify them improved the lives of its residents, particularly children who walk to and from school on Carpenter Street. “Some rough things were going on there on the street,” Harris says. The group operates art programs for the neighborhood children, and turned two of the properties into community gardens. In 2013, architecture students from the University of Memphis began partnering with the group to build things like a learning pavilion, a hammock and outdoor painting station, and the traveling vegetable cart used to sell produce grown in one of the community gardens. Story and Photos by Suzanne Thompson Cozza

Moira Logan and Alison Happel-Parkins

Sarah Harston, Britney Witt and Terry Rogers

Sherry Bryan, Martin Pantik and Megan Hoover



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Tom Gilmartin and Tarryn Sanchez

Alfred and Arlinda Neely

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Penny Higgins and Amy Kung

Nicholle Mazzulo, Rita Jorgensen and Latrice Anthony

Kathy Tuberville, Michael Hagge and Susan Tuberville

Bertram Williams, Jr., Monica Bushong, Gabrielle Brooks, Victoria Jones and Lawrence Matthews

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Imagine Ball


Imagine Ball


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magining a world free of cancer was the inspiration of the 2017 Imagine Ball, to benefit the American Cancer Society. With the enormous windows of the FedEx Event Center open to a magnificent lakeside sunset, this incredible night began with a welcome reception and cocktail hour. Guests entered and began perusing the hundreds of treasures laid out on the silent auction tables, enjoying the sounds of the dueling pianos of R.E.G Entertainment. Items up for bids included artwork and fine wines, vacation getaways from the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, the Verandah Resort and Spa in Antigua, Los Establos Boutique Hotel in Panama, St. James Club Morgan Bay in St. Lucia, Palm Island Resort in the Grenadines, and The Pineapple Beach Club Resort. There was a Hot Springs weekend condo getaway, as well as goodies from Horseshoe Casino, The Memphis Redbirds, Malco Theaters, Café Society, Porcellinos, The Memphis Zoo and Godiva Chocolates. FedEx donated a once in a lifetime flight simulator experience. The silent auction was sponsored by Dr. Thomas and Regina Russell. Kendra Scott Fine Jewelry was on hand with a jewelry pull, and for a donation of $25, guests were able to participate in a mystery wine pull. Jeremy Park welcomed the crowd of supporters, who sat down to a magnificent Asian-inspired dinner prepared by chefs Jimmy Gentry and Alia Hogan of Paradox Catering. After a starter of assorted sushi, dinner began with cabbage See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

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salad with cucumber and calamari, followed by the entrée duo of smoked beef and coconut salmon with miso mashed potatoes. Dessert was a delicious lemon grass and ginger cream matcha tea. After dinner, guests marveled at the creation of live art depicting energy and health by special guest artist Joseph Boyd from Flight of Fancy. There was also the presentation of the evening’s honoree, Dr. Kurt Tauer, followed by the fantastic live auction conducted by auctioneer Jeff Morris. Items up for bid included a sumptuous five course dinner for 10, personally prepared and served in the luxurious Jack Binion’s Wine Cellar at Horseshoe Casino Tunica. The Peabody offered up a one night stay and dinner for two at Chez Philippe. First Tennessee donated their Grizzlies suite for 18 including four parking passes. There was a week in a private beach condo at Adagio Estates in Blue Mountain Beach Florida, as well as a Live 24x36 canvas painting by artist Joseph Boyd created during the gala. The grand finale celebration featured the live presentation of The Dancing Dragons. Caesars Entertainment was the proud sponsor of this year’s Imagine Ball. Other sponsors included AEL, FedEx, First Tennessee, Methodist Lebonheur Healthcare, Stern Cardiovascular, West Cancer Center, Baptist Hospital and Gastro One. Money raised at the 2017 Imagine Ball supported the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives and celebrate life. Story by Bill Bannister Photos by Don Perry

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Eric and Kate Tauer

Dr. Eric and Cynthia Johnson

Dr. Michael and Rebecca Ugwueke

Steve Gubin and Rachel Belz

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Maria Robinson and Wynett Jones

Brooke and Michael Williams

Carol and Mike Ross-Spang

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Cortez Stewart and Fedoria Rugless Stewart

Claire and Chris Harrison

Jeff McIlvain and Dr. Jennifer McNary

Heather and Rob Donato

Karl and Sarah Tauer


David Smalley and Patricia Cisarik

Brandon and Christy Cooper

Sanjeev and Sumedha Kumar

Annie and Mike Christoff

Michelle Stubbs and Carrie Fulbright

Jackie and Jeremy Ryan

Marla and Erich Mounce

Linda and Bernie Dunn

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William and Jordan Walker

Tracy and Jon Trotter

Gregory and Laura Vidal

Joe and Ann Bishop

Malorie and Brand Cook

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Michael and Beni Dragutsky

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October 2017

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Daniel and Deborah Eddlestone

Lisa and Matthew Ballo

Adrian and Deborah Merrill

Russ and Marsha Phillips

Randy and Ami Austin

Amy and Jay Harvill

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Salvation Army Playing for a Purpose


s The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary hosted its annual Game Day, a crowd gathered at The Kroc Center for a day of fun. The event, formerly known as Bridge and More, has enjoyed a strong following for over 20 years. “As interest in Mah Jongg has increased, we changed the name to ‘Game Day’ to have a broader appeal,” said Mary Ellen Chase, event chairman. “And to accommodate those who wanted to play, but didn’t know how, we offered classes for bridge, taught by Milner Stanton, and Janie Morris and Betty Lyon taught Mah Jongg.” Others showed their support by making early purchases of the organization’s 2017 Christmas card, “Giving with the Heart of a Child,” which celebrates The Salvation Army’s work with children. The card features artwork by artist Dr. Tim Hacker of Memphis. But regardless of whether they came to learn, to play or even just to join the camaraderie during lunch, all were part of raising funds to support the ministries run by The Salvation Army.

Peggy Duke, Christina Roberts, Mary Ellen Chase, Pat Massengill and Susan Madden

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Margaret Schaefer, Sharon Fleisch, Libby Aaron and Josie Howser

Tommie Pardue and Billie Jean Graham

Renee Patey and Joan Heflin

Sally Coleman, Paula Carter and Mary Nelson



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It’s a Wrap Celebrating The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art


t was the last chance to see “Unwrapped! 100 Gifts for 100 Years,” an exhibition that served as a centerpiece for the centennial celebration of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. While classical guitarist Ben Minden-Birkenmaier provided musical entertainment, guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers as they viewed the diverse art on display. The exhibition not only celebrated the museum’s first century, but also served to emphasize the importance of building a collection. “Over 275 members, artists and patrons, all supporters of the arts, came to our ‘It’s a Wrap’ closing party,” said Dr. Emily Ballew Neff, Executive Director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. “Some of the items curated will remain at The Brooks, and some items, those that are promised gifts, will return to their current homes.” “Ranging from ancient coins to contemporary glass, from paintings to quilts, the exhibition displayed all of these gifts in glorious profusion,” explained Karen Davis, Public Relations Specialist for The Brooks. “Our goal was to acquire superlative objects for The Brooks’ permanent collection, and build on the strengths across the museum’s holdings.”

Aron Ramage and Janis Piwonka with Michelle and Emmett Bell

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Rudi and Honey Scheidt

Dr. Emily Ballew Neff and Nancy Willis

Susan Van Dyck, Karen Golightly and Tom Link

Stella Woehst, Stanton Thomas and Lucia Outlan



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Justice Janice Holder and Edwina Thomas

Mary Simon, Barbara Craft and Michael Simpson

Madge Clark and Linda Spiese

Nancy Kresko, Lesley Gudehus and Joan Sloat


Memphis Moments

Cemetery Cinema An Evening of Outdoor Film

E Leslie and Ted Townsend with Gwen Fisher

Lesley and John Richardson

lmwood Cemetery is one of Memphis’ most amazing places, where you are literally surrounded by history. On a perfect early autumn evening, more than 300 Elmwood supporters turned out to enjoy an outdoor screening of Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein”, as part of a fundraising series of films called Cemetery Cinema. Guests were invited to bring their own chairs and coolers for the movie, and the La Guadalupana food truck was on hand with their huge assortment of mouth-watering authentic Mexican delights. Movie goers lined up for popcorn and MemPops before settling in to watch a presentation of 1950s television commercials produced by Willy Bearden for Propaganda TV before the main feature. Cemetery Cinema is without a doubt the most fun date night in town. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Isabelle Winburn and Jenna Winburn

Patrick Reilly with Kim and Willy Bearden

Deb Lewis, Jason Hunter and Sam Lewis

Greg and Barbara Bond

Michael McCrarey and Julie Clark

Elizabeth Dinneny and Lydia Podowitz

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Georgia Cooper and Jennifer Cooper

Livia Overton and Grace Lee

s the Rest In Peace exhibit opened at the historic Woodruff-Fontaine House, guests were ushered into a Victorian-style season of mourning with an “evening with the spirits.” Mannequins attired in fashions and accessories from the museum’s mourning collection gave silent testimony to the solemn etiquette and symbolism. Carter Jackson, Funeral Director with Memphis Funeral Home, gave a presentation about the Undertaking profession and its protocol during the Victorian era. Memphis collector Harmony Carrigan displayed her Memento Mori collection of funeralia and post mortem photography.“We go into mourning to coincide with the timing of the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878,” explained Jennifer Cooper, Executive Director of the Woodruff-Fontaine house museum. “The Rest In Peace exhibit will remain on display through the end of October.” Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Judy Holder and Rene Claunch

Abigail Taris and Preston Cooper

Tori Cole and Michelle Murphy

Elena Williams and Carter Jackson

Bruce and Lisa Hughes

Tommy Adcock and Marie Aviotti

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ne of my very closest friends, who happens to be almost exactly the same age as me, was recently informed that the time had come By Dennis Phillippi for him to get a colonoscopy. We both turn 54 this month, and if you haven’t had “the procedure” by this age it’s high time you did. Relax; we won’t be dwelling on his near future. My friend’s primary physician is, of all things, the daughter-in-law of my primary physician. I can remember when my doctor’s son was in high school. That’s how long he’s been my doctor. When I met my doctor a quarter of a century or so ago, I thought there had been some sort of mistake. He was so young I thought possibly I was supposed to be seeing his father. He was almost as young as I was, which was more than a little disconcerting since at the time I didn’t feel old enough to qualify to rent a car and this guy had finished medical school. Part of me was nervous about having such a young sawbones. Another part of me was embarrassed that while he had managed to make it through residency and join a practice, and I still wore Spiderman pajamas. It was also odd to have “a doctor.” At that age when I would hear the phrase “call your doctor immediately” I thought; “Who has a doctor? And who has their doctor’s phone number?” Suddenly I had “a doctor”. I still don’t have his phone number. Before this I was one of those people who only saw a medical professional in an emergency room. It was a wholly new experience to go to see a doctor without being bleeding. To sit in a nice quiet waiting room, flipping through magazines older than me, and not be sitting next to people screaming because they had a drill bit in the side of their head or they had decided that putting off having this baby couldn’t be done any longer made me feel like such an adult. Over the years I’ve gotten to know the people who work in my doctor’s office and they’re all lovely people. Or at least they’ve learned to appear to be. My doctor has spent much of our time together explaining that my health habits are not the best. I spend a lot of time lying to him about my health habits. The whole system seems to be working fine. My wife has clear memories of her childhood physician and visits to his office where she would get kind treatment and a lollipop. I was the youngest of six lower middle-class children,

four of whom were boys, and the two girls were both athletes and tough as a two-dollar steak. If a medical condition didn’t require stitches, a cast, or reducing a malarial fever, we went with

At that age when I would hear the phrase “Call your doctor immediately” I thought; “Who has a doctor? And who has their doctor’s phone number?” Suddenly I had “a doctor.” I still don’t have his phone number. Before this I was one of those people who only saw a medical professional in an emergency room. It was a wholly new experience to go to see a doctor without being bleeding. the time-honored holistic treatment of gauze, an ace bandage, aspirin, or “waiting it out.” On a side note, I remember once having a drama teacher who suggested that I get


braces. I remember laughing out loud at the idea of approaching my parents with this outlandish notion. “Let me get this straight” I could hear my mother saying, “you want us to spend thousands of dollars so you can have straight teeth? Sure, would you like for us to pay for you to go to a masseuse?” It’s a pretty safe bet that we weren’t carrying a lot of insurance. My father once made a bridge for his teeth out of wire and some rocks he found in the yard and ground down himself. I am not making that up. Somehow I was proud and mortified at the same time. From the time I left my parent’s house at 17 until I met my wife at 21, I probably ended up in the emergency room a half dozen times, insuranceless, and to be honest with you, I have no idea who paid for it. It certainly wasn’t me, which means it was you. Whenever I meet someone who objects to universal health care I always point this stretch out. I was the reason other people were paying $16 for an aspirin, because I went to a hospital knowing full well I had no way of paying. Now I’m the one paying for those pricey painkillers. Let’s get these deadbeats some insurance. Now I don’t just have a doctor, I have doctors. I have a primary physician, an eye doctor, an orthopedist, and like my buddy, a gastroenterologist. It’s all a matter of aging. Like collecting out-of-fashion clothing, broken appliances that can’t be fixed because they’re a decade out of warranty, we also collect doctors as we age. I know these people by name and they know me by condition. The oddest part is the fact that now they’re all more or less my contemporaries. We could be friends; if it weren’t for the fact that several of them have seen parts of me my wife hasn’t seen. It’s hard to imagine going to play golf with a guy who has seen your lower G.I. In the coming years I know there will be new, and younger, doctors. There will be gerontologists and rheumatologists who will treat me like a very tall child. I’ll be like every other elderly patient, grumpy and demanding and unable to understand that I am unable to understand things. Eventually I’ll be convinced an orderly has stolen my watch, even though I haven’t worn a watch in decades. And there, after all the various medical professionals from all those years, will still be my primary physician, there to usher me to the other side while cheerfully enumerating all of the things he told me to stop doing so wouldn’t end up like this. I’m already irritated thinking about it.

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