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CONTENTS March 2018

Features

Signature Memphis • 12

StreetSeen • 14

StreetSeen • 16

Jennifer Oswalt

Bruce Bui

Melvin Lewis

Striving to maximize Downtown's potential

Bringing beauty to life through costumes

Continuing to change men's lives one man at a time

RSVPhillippi • 49 Dennis Phillippi March Madness has many meanings

Events

Denice McMahon and Cindy Gambrell

Memphi Mid-Winter Gala • 20

Cecelia and Greg Webb

Memphis Moments • 18, 19, 28, 29, 34, 35, 40, 42, 44, 46 & 47

Annual ball transports guests to Paris

Cover Photo

Allyse Holcomb and Tanya Crump

Cirque du CMOM • 36

L.G. and Sharda Collier

Staxtacular • 30 Fundraiser for Stax Music Academy

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Fun under the Big Top

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Matt and Melissa Saenger at the Memphi Mid-Winter Gala Photo by Don Perry

Table of Contents Photo

Spanish-American War Memorial Photo by Roy Haithcock


A boutique for the selective shopper


RSVP Staff Volume XXIII • Number III

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

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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.

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Carter is native Memphian and a veteran of the broadcast industry, and magazine publishing. He is also a freelance voiceover talent and can be heard on WKNO 91.1FM on Sundays. Carter is an avid animal lover and likes to work with aquariums as a hobby. He enjoys his East Memphis home with his wife and 2 dogs, and 6 cats.

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Kim oversees all visual aspects of the magazine — advertising and editorial. Her career encompasses working with both print and digital media for magazines, newspapers and e-publications. Kim and her husband are raising their two children in the Cooper-Young area where their family enjoys the artistic atmosphere and entrepreneurial spirit of Midtown.


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n March we celebrate many things, not the least of which is the end of winter! Did you know that March was once considered the first month of the year? Long ago, January and February were thought of in such a negative light that they were just collectively referred to as “winter” and didn’t even earn a place on the calendar! Well, after the bitterly cold days we’ve had this winter that disrupted routines for so many people, coupled with the seemingly unending dark gray days that have turned feeling “cozy” into “confined,” we can hope that sunny days will be here again soon. The Vernal Equinox is on the near horizon (March 20, at 11:15 a.m. CDT to be exact), and will give us a near 50-50 split of day and night. And with Daylight Savings Time starting earlier than ever this year, on March 11, we can look forward to enjoying a few additional weeks that make the most of natural daylight. Thinking about ways to spend your time? Well, for starters there are several colorful events to consider, like the Think Pink Luncheon (https://www.facebook.com/events/1490006444418211/), an event sponsored by the Memphis Area Alumnae of Zeta Tau Alpha to support and raise funds benefiting breast cancer education and awareness, and the Red Shoe Gala benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities (http://rmhc-memphis.org/default.aspx?p=71989&evtid=677902:3/3/2018), both which will take place on March 3. On March 17, some of our streets will turn into virtual seas of green as participants in the Cooper-Young St. Patrick’s Parade make their way down Cooper Street, starting at 10 a.m., and the 45th annual Silky O’Sullivan St. Patrick’s Parade takes place on Beale Street, beginning at 3 p.m. The Blue Pump Gala (http://www.memphis.edu/ifti/ outreach/blue_pump_gala.php), will take place March 22 as a fundraiser hosted by the Memphis-area Society of Female Transportation Professionals to provide scholarships to women pursuing college degrees in transportation and logistics. March also puts sports in the spotlight, with the University of Memphis Tigers ending their regular season with games at the FedExForum on March 1 and March 4. Additionally, Memphis Inner-City Rugby (https://memphisinnercityrugby.org) will host its inaugural fundraiser on March 16 at the University Club. So, join us as we look forward to transitioning into Spring and sunnier days ahead!

Emily Adams Keplinger editor@rsvpmagazine.com


Signature Memphis

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Jennifer K. Oswalt President, Downtown Memphis Commission Hometown: Memphis, but I was born in Grant Park, IL, a farming town near Chicago

Favorite Song: “I Can’t Wait” by Star & Micey Your Lucky Charm: Memphis urban map necklace Your Best Quality: I’m genuine A Nonliving Celebrity/Role Model You Would Invite Dinner: My grandmother who had 99 years of life to share

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Best Memphis Hangout: Loflin Yard Place You Go

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Favorite Southern Idiom: Bless your heart Best Advice You Ever Got: This too shall pass Your Most Annoying Habit: I occasionally cut people off when I am excited

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Something You’ll Never Live Down: Many a gullible moment One Goal You’d Still Like

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collaboration with public and private partners and using all tools available, I would like to see Downtown Memphis developed to its highest potential while remaining uniquely “Memphis” and welcoming for all.

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BRUCE BUI Resident Costume Designer for Ballet Memphis

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ruce Bui was raised in Southern California after his family immigrated to the United States in 1985 from Viet Nam. By the time he entered California Lutheran University in Ventura, he knew he wanted to study theater design, with an emphasis on costumes. Prior to graduating, Bui had launched his professional career, working for clients like Kingsmen Shakespeare Company, a professional theater group associated with the university.

“After college I freelanced for a couple of years in southern California, but realized that I didn’t want to work for the big movie studios,” recalled Bui. “I preferred to stay in the theater realm. There was a job posting for a costume manager for the ballet that brought me to Memphis.” Bui continued, “The job evolved as I grew with the company. Seventeen years ago it was just me, and I was the first full-time wardrobe manager for Ballet Memphis. Back then we were in the studios in Germantown. The shop grew as the company grew. Now we are working in a new facility in Overton Square that opened last summer. My title is Resident Costume Designer and Wardrobe Manager and I have three colleagues who work in the shop throughout the season.” Bui invites people to the building and encourages them to come to the shop itself. “Our costume shop is on the main floor, so it can be viewed by anyone who walks in,” said Bui. “I’m so proud that the hard work of our CEO and Founding Artistic Director, Dorothy Pugh, can be seen here — our amazing facility and the work we do.” Bui explained that the shop is open from July through May. Typically, there are four main stages per year and multiple second stages, including shows that they do in “found venues,” such

as Memphis Botanic Garden. There’s also a series of informal shows performed in-house and other performances while touring, like those at the Alabama Dance Festival in Birmingham. “Even though we are off during June, the work is basically non-stop,” said Bui. “I still come in to handle orders and other paperwork, restock supplies, etc.” For every show Bui interacts with the choreographers and develops the ideas for costumes. “The first step is to draw sketches, which have to be approved by the artistic staff and the choreographer,” said Bui. “Once the designs are approved, I order all of the fabrics, notions and trims that

will be needed to make the sketches come to life as costumes. Next I draw the patterns or manipulate old patterns to give them a fresh new look.” He distributes the work and his colleagues provide sewing support, cutting out and sewing “mockups” if necessary (fake fabrics that simulate the expensive fabrics), or moving straight into working with real fabrics. “A lead character’s costume can take from four days to three weeks,” explained Bui. “It takes a week and a half to make a tutu, which includes the skirt and the bodice. In dance you have to take your lead from the dancers and make sure their costumes are appropriate for their movements.” In addition to the work Bui does for Ballet Memphis, he enjoys being involved in the community. He has volunteered his time with Memphis City Beautiful and their Trashion Show, a fundraiser that involves taking recycled or discarded items and turning them into wearable fashions. In 2012 he won Best of Show for his white evening gown with a swath of blue (formed from white dry cleaning bags and blue Commercial Appeal bags) and “sequins” cut from 2-liter plastic bottles. And, he has been involved with Memphis Fashion Week, sitting on panel discussions for them and teaching patterning classes for Memphis College of Art.

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StreetSeen

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Melvin A. Lewis Executive Director of The GAAL HOUSE

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elvin Lewis is a man who believes that all lives can be changed for the better. As the Executive Director of The GAAL HOUSE, he works everyday to do just that, trying to help other men gain life-time sobriety. “The mission of GAAL HOUSE is to create and maintain a sober, safe and spirit-filled environment for our male residents,” explained Lewis. “After the men have gone through treatment, they transition at our residence, learning fiscal management, spiritual development and life skills. By empowering them with the opportunity to succeed and prosper, they can enhance and embrace their respective communities.” And Lewis doesn’t just “talk the talk,” he has “walked the walk.” A native Memphian who graduated from Carver High School, Lewis found his adult life had gone down the wrong path. “I was married and had grown kids, but I was completely strung out on drugs and alcohol,” said Lewis. “My life was at a very dire point. I knew I was just living to get high.” Lewis continued, “In July 2007 I surrendered to God. I went into a treatment program. My wife, Mary, continued to be supportive by visiting me and after treatment, she became very active in my recovery.” As the years went by, Lewis held down various jobs and is now the sole proprietor of Miracle Hand Mobile Car Wash and Detail Services. “By August 2014, I felt like God was leading me to start a recovery house to help other men,” recalled Lewis. “A friend of mine, Wayne Randal, offered to help me secure a house as a residential facility. We secured a house at 1541 Cranford, and as they say, the rest is history.” In January 2015, GAAL HOUSE was founded as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. “The word ‘Gaal’ means ‘Kinsman Redeemer,’ a biblical term for one who steps in on behalf of another who needs rescue,” explained Lewis. “Our goal for these men is life-time sobriety and

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productivity. By focusing on the individual and not just the addiction, each man is given the opportunity to be re-made whole, one man at a time.” Since its doors opened, GAAL HOUSE has served at least 75 men. A second location, at 4491 Dunn, was acquired in 2016. Referrals come, after treatment, from Lakeside, Delta Hospital and The Harbor House. Services include shelter, food, transportation, and one-on-one and group counseling. The program is fully funded by individuals and private donations. Additionally, they receive support from their Board Members, all who are volunteers. “We’re applying for grants,” said Lewis, “and seeking people to sponsor a bed ($600/month per person). Also, we would like to partner with churches and their outreach ministries.” Lewis said they want to embody their mission statement, “Continue To Change Men’s Lives One Man at a Time,” by growing their offerings to include more scholarships to help those who can’t afford to pay. Also, he would like to spearhead quarterly “team events” — like cookouts, outings to Grizzlies games, etc., — to help residents get out in society without alcohol or drugs. There’s also a need for a van, as well as a parttime driver and a part-time maintenance man. “We are here to serve — trying to help men become productive citizens, to return them to their families and society as responsible, whole human beings practicing daily sobriety,” said Lewis. “This alone could help change so much in our community.” For more information, visit gallhouse.org or call (901) 515-6377. Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photo by Steve Roberts

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Memphis Moments

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Cocktails and Conversations A Fundraising Event for Holy Rosary Catholic School

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he Mothers’ Club of Holy Rosary Catholic School in Memphis is a determined bunch. They are strong, they are invincible, and they are helping to establish STEM, a new program at the school that will focus on teaching and learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It will require a hefty financial investment to develop and implement STEM over several years. To encourage the giving spirit for which the Holy Rosary Parish community is renowned, the Mothers’ Club invited a few hundred folks over to Propcellar one evening for “Cocktails and Conversations.” Guests enjoyed a selection of foods catered by Coletta’s Italian Restaurant and treats by Insomnia Cookies. Creations by Lynn Doyle Flowers and Events graced the tables. DJ Tyrone provided musical entertainment. The event featured silent and live auctions of donated items. Among live auction packages drawing bids was the coveted opportunity for a Holy Rosary student to be “Principal for a Day” and get to make announcements over the school intercom.

Front row, from left: Colleen Butterick, Denise Lenahan, Anne Gardino and Jane Hunter. Back row, from left: Mike Butterick, Jack Hunter, Debbie and Bob Reilly, Dr. Robert Gardino

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WinterArts A Showcase for Local Artists

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or those looking for unique, yet affordable, gifts to help complete their holiday shopping, WinterArts offered a showcase of items created by local and regional artists. An opening reception was held to kick off the exhibition’s ninth year. There were more than 30 artists selected to participate in this year’s show. Their works were crafted in glass, metal, wood, fiber, clay, plus jewelry and more. “WinterArts is staged by ArtWorks Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on helping artists grow, in their business and their work,” explained show curator Greg Belz. “They do this through exhibitions like WinterArts.” Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Lesley Hartney and Aynsley Hartney

Isaac Mergen, Emilee Robinson and Madison Mergen

Felicitas Sloves and Cathy Talbot

Greg Belz and Jan Gordon

Ricky and Lisa Hall

Leslie Watson and Erika Ellis

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he Girls’ Night Out event of the annual Merry Marketplace was the place that many ladies kicked of their holiday shopping at The Racquet Club of Memphis. Andria Lewis was this year’s event chairman and Jennifer Coltharp was the sponsorship chairman. Appetizers and cocktails, along with live music by the Patio Pirates, kept the atmosphere festive as the shoppers wound their way up and down aisles of more than 65 booths showcasing holiday and home decor items, clothing, jewelry, specialty foods and pampering opportunities at area spas. Benefiting the Junior League of Memphis, this special night of shopping was presented by Baptist Memorial Health Care. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Jennifer Coltharp, Whitney Miller and Andria Lewis

Marilyn Seaton, Elizabeth Martin, Katherine Godoy and Michel Allen

Amy Phillips with Kate Askew and Candace Askew

Dianna Simpson and Stephanie Simpson

Jan Cornaghie, Sally Perry, Ashlie Waits, Pat Pope and Summer Godman

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Memphi Mid-Winter Ball

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n a city steeped in history and tradition, one organization stands out as an important and positive force for good in the community, The Mystic Society of Memphi. The crew was founded 146 years ago and sponsored the original Memphis Mardi Gras celebrations of the 1800s, which through the efforts of its members rivaled anything in New Orleans. In 1872, as was true for much of the South, Memphis was suffering from the devastation of the Civil War and Reconstruction. The city fathers thought that Memphis needed a show of civic pride that would bring the residents together for the common good and show the outside world that the city was alive and well. Thus was born Memphi, which held its first Mid-Winter Ball in February of 1873, beginning a tradition that continues today as The Mystic Society of Memphi proudly supports Carnival Memphis and the betterment of our community. The 2018 Mid-Winter Ball was held at the Memphis Country Club and was attended by 300 invited guests, who turned out in high style to witness the presentation of the krewe’s Duchesses and their Dukes by General Chairman and Master of Ceremonies Kirk Johnston. The evening’s theme was “Midnight in

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Scott and Erika Anderson

Paris” in honor of Ernest Hemingway’s time in that fabulous city. Miniature French flags adorned the rooms of the country club and guests raised their glasses in a toast to Hemingway and his life’s quest for adventure and joie de vivre. As guests checked in, they could purchase special men’s cufflinks and ladies’ pearl and rhinestone pins, as well as a stunning replica of the invitation to the 1873 Mid-Winter Ball. Party-goers gathered in the grand dining hall enjoying libations from the fully stocked bar and hors d’oeuvres with an assortment of cheese and fruits to the jazz stylings of Misti Rae Holton and Jimmy Arnold. Dinner was a feast fit for royalty that began with an arugula and lentil du puy salad with radishes, fennel and Dijon mustard vinaigrette followed by the main course of wood grilled filet of beef Rossini with apparet duchess potatoes and a madeira foie gras demi-glace. Dessert was a fabulous classic tarte tatin and caramelized apples with caramel sauce. After this sumptuous repast, the “party with a purpose” kicked into high gear as guests danced the night away to music by the premier party band of the Mid-South, Party Planet. In keeping with tradition, Memphi will present its King and Queen a later date.

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he mezzanine of the Main Gallery of the Memphis College of Art was filled with an art-loving crowd for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center’s 26th annual Works of Heart fundraiser. Heart-themed art of every medium ringed the walls with works from more than 100 major area artists. The Big Heart Lounge, hosted by Lori M. Patton, offered VIP guests appetizers prepared by Another Roadside Attraction. Bartender David Parks held court as he prepared a variety of tasty libations. Joe Birch of WMC Action 5 News served as the evening’s emcee. Volunteers wearing red feather boas stood ready to encourage guests to bid on auction items by sharing background about the artists and their works. Guests who placed winning bids were able to take home unique works of art made by some of the best-known names in the region.

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Jeremy Crooks and Alex Fountain

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Callie Burgess, Bobo Huettel and Carol Hagan

Mitchell Grimm and Grace Bonner

Karen Anderson, Tootsie Bell and June West

Jennifer Marchetti and Jamie Russell-Bell

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he Memphis Potters’ Guild opened its annual Holiday Show and Sale with a delightful reception, featuring the works of some of the best ceramists in the Mid-South. Presented by Memphis Botanic Garden, the event was held in the Goldsmith Civic Garden Center. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and wine as they browsed the beautifully arranged pottery booths. The porcelain, stoneware and earthenware works included jewelry, Christmas decorations, sculpture, tableware and home accessories. Most guests took advantage of the evening to make purchases for the holidays. “It is a wonderful show with absolutely beautiful pottery of all different styles from 25 potters in our area,” said renowned local potter Agnes Stark. Story and Photos by Gaye Swan

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taxtacular 2018 was a star-studded success with former Grizzlies legend Shane Battier and his wife, Heidi, returning to Memphis to lend their support to the largest fundraiser of the year for Stax Music Academy (SMA). “We were thrilled to be here to honor an event that we helped start 13 years ago,” said Battier. Guests made their way to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music where food stations served up offerings from Corky’s, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Simply Delicious Catering. BBQ Tinis were a big favorite, along with a Macaroni and Cheese station. The tasty comfort food was paired with cocktails and specialty drinks from Old Dominick Distillery, as well as Staxtacular’s most famous beverage, Shaft on Draft. But the thing that seemed to warm everyone’s heart was the reason for the celebration. Tim Sampson, communications director for the Soulsville Foundation, explained, “Our guests share our passion about music and are interested in helping our youth improve their musical craft as they chart their paths towards college. Our students at the SMA come from across the city and many are potentially at-risk kids. They come here after school and during the summer and they work hard. As they perform around

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town, people see the end product of their support. Our students have not only performed in Memphis, but also at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and on the National Mall for the opening of the Smithsonian’s African American Museum. They have traveled to Australia, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. Our program opens doors for them.” “Stax Music Academy is truly an amazing Memphis institution,” said music legend David Porter. The Grizzlies’ own Mario Chalmers and Paije Speights were the co-hosts for this year’s sold-out party, presented by SunTrust. People toured the museum where luminaries like Booker T and the MG’s, the Mar Keys and William Bell once held court. Musical entertainment for the evening was provided by students of the Stax Music Academy, and the Stax Music Academy Alumni Band. The silent mobile-bid auction featured Grizzlies memorabilia and one-of-a kind music items, like a guitar autographed by Steve Cropper. “Since its inception, Staxtacular has raised over $1 million dollars,” exclaimed Sampson. “We are humbled by the support we receive from the City of Memphis, The Grizzlies, and people who love our kids.”

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he 8th Annual Italian Winterfest brought more than 700 party-goers to the Racquet Club of Memphis in support of the Catholic Education Scholarship Fund and the Ave Maria Home. Guests dined on fine cuisine from legendary local Italian restaurants and other favorite eateries. Lending an elegant flair to the evening, Tony Barrasso, who founded this event along with the late Sam Bomarito and Angelo Lucchesi, displayed his talent on the accordion, with Joe Birch and Michael Spinosa in accompaniment on tambourines as they played traditional Italian music. Birch also helped raise funds for the event by serving as the auctioneer for the live auction. Dr. James Downing, president and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, was recognized as the 6th annual Honored Guest of Winterfest. James and Linda Gattas were the recipients of this year’s Outstanding Service Award. As the evening progressed, guests enjoyed dancing to tunes spun by deejay Michael Spano. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Janet Donato with Frank Gattuso

Robyn Birch and Babbie Lovett

Linda and Jim Haire with Patti Russell

Dr. James Downing with Linda and James Gattas

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Barbara Spinosa, Mayor Jim Strickland and Philip Spinosa

Steve and Susan Vescovo

Becky Lewis with Zack and Angie Street

Gary and Dana Daly with Susan Turner-Hill

John Barzizza and Rodger Wilson

Michael Spano, Tony Barrasso and Joe Birch

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Tool Box Bash Building a better future

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our hundred supporters gathered at Crosstown Concourse for the 2018 Tool Box Bash, a gala fundraiser held to support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis. It was an evening of music, food and fun featuring the soulful sounds of Larry Springfield and The Sugar Daddies. Guests lined up at the fully stocked wine bar for libations before perusing the silent auction tables to bid on fabulous items including a weekend for two at Sam’s Town Casino, tickets from Southwest Airlines, and a Gibson Les Paul 2016T Guitar with lessons from School of Rock. There was a Wall of Wine and a whiskey tasting as well. Heart and Soul Catering served up a cornucopia of mouth-watering delicacies including crab cakes with remoulade, gumbo and a fully loaded grilled cheese sandwich station featuring fresh bacon, mushrooms, onions and four kinds of breads and cheeses. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Robin Chiodo, Alison Burton and Tanja Mitchell

Mark and Shannon Morgan

Perry Welch and Jerry Pentz

Claire Rossie and Jon Massey

Don Barber and Shirlee Clark-Barber

George Ramsey and Anita Lotz with Pam and Keith Scarbrough

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Amber Hoffman and Amy Goodman

Emily Maher and Charlie Belenky

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he annual Cirque du CMOM fundraiser, this year titled “Over the Top Under the Big Top” presented by IBERIABANK, was a true gala. The highlight of the party was the restored the 1909 Dentzel Memphis Grand Carousel providing beauty, light and wonder for the lovely event benefiting the Children’s Museum of Memphis. Cirque du CMOM is the largest fundraiser in the museum’s 21-year history. The Carousel, which had been in storage in Ohio, was renovated after two years as CMOM built a brandnew carousel pavilion, was where the heart of the party happened. With food, libations, music and entertainment, the first Cirque du CMOM in the Carousel Pavilion was one to remember. High Expectations, a Memphis-based aerial artists group, performed backbending moves in each room during the gala. Every quarter-hour, guests could ride the carousel, which just recently opened to the public. Rhythm Nation Band performed on the main stage from 7 to 10 p.m., with band members getting out into the crowd and bringing guests onto the dance floor. A Late Night DJ provided music from 10 p.m. until midnight in the Malco Theater area of the

museum. A silent disco provided attendees with glow-in-the-dark earphones and an opportunity to show off their best disco moves. Additionally, guests had the option to participate in a karaoke event. A Kendra Scott Jewelry pull was held, which for a donation of $50, gala attendees could vie for a chance to win a beautiful piece of jewelry. Local restaurants Amerigo Italian Restaurant, Bangkok Alley, Offsite Kitchen Catering, The Half Shell, Muddy’s Bake Shop, Babalu Tacos & Tapas, Paradox Catering & Consulting, Zaka Bowl, South of Beale, The Capital Grille, Café Society, Railgarten, Iris Etc. Catering, Gibson’s Donuts, Tin Roof Memphis, Judy Pound Cakes, Tom’s Tiny Kitchen, Hog Wild & A Moveable Feast, Phillip Ashley Chocolates and The Grove Grill provided delicious food and snacks and were set up throughout the venue, including surrounding the gorgeously renovated carousel. Thanks to the support of numerous sponsors, the evening was one of successful fundraising, a historical event where the Memphis Grand Carousel was once again presented to the public in all its glory.

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Rachel Young and Kacie Butterworth

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Michelle Culver and Shelby Smith

Toby Castille and Amy Wood

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Ann Wesberry and Carmen Bond

Jose Kruse, Corey Brown, Abby Pohlman and Jimmy Fortney


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Mallory and Michael Kenney

Lizzie and Kendall Gill

Claire Crain and Gabrielle Pappas

Austin and Sarah Acuff

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Methodist Healthcare Foundation Cancer Care Luncheon

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crowd gathered at The Peabody for the 16th annual Methodist Healthcare Cancer Center Luncheon. The event was designed to raise awareness and funding for the cancer programs at Methodist Healthcare and the West Cancer Center. The event began with a VIP reception in the DeSoto Room where guests had the opportunity to mix and mingle, as well as take their picture with featured speaker, Academy-Award winning actress Octavia Spencer. At the luncheon, held in the Grand Ballroom, Spencer spoke about her life and career. West Cancer Center Survivor Niki Harrison shared her personal story and reminded everyone that their gifts matter. Spencer donated her speaker’s fee back to the cause. In total, more than $100,000 was raised at the event. Methodist Healthcare Foundation supports Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare by inviting philanthropic partners to invest in research, facilities or programs. Cigna was the Presenting Sponsor, FedEx was the Diamond Sponsor, and US Bank and Wells Fargo were the Gold Sponsors of this year’s luncheon. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger Diane Jalfon and Octavia Spencer

Margaret Morley and Lynn Battistelli

Tommy Ewing, Darlene Hardy and Michelle Thompson

Mike Olson and Brittany McCaffrey

Dina Peebles, Ginger Threlkeld and Amy Williams

Billy Orgel, Jennifer Pignolet and Mike Jung

Paula Jacobson, Martha Witherspoon and Steve West

Providence Rose and Linda Conrad

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Maureen Baum and Joan Baum

Kim Baltz and Linda Maners

Hugh Jones and Zach Pretzer


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Association for Women Attorneys Judicial Reception Annual Holiday Event Honors Memphis Judges

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he Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) hosted its annual Judicial Reception in the lovely home of Jenna and Ed Wallis. Festively decorated for the holidays, the home was a warm and cozy haven on a very cold night. Attorneys and judges, along with their guests, mingled and chatted as they sipped delicious red, white or sparkling wine. AWA member Mary McGinnis provided a tasty buffet that included sandwich sliders, pasta salad, dips, fruit salad and roasted turkey with cranberry aioli. “It is a great time for members of the Memphis Bar to connect with each other and show our support for our wonderful judges,” said event chair Ashley Martin. Founded in 1979, the AWA provides support for women in the legal profession, mentoring for law students, and fundraising activities for the organization’s scholarship fund. Story and Photos by Gaye Swan

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Judge David Rudolph, Judge Mary Wagner, Judge Valerie Smith and Judge Betty Thomas Moore

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Mary McGinnis and Magistrate Judge David Walker

Judge Dan Michael and Justice Janice Holder

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Incognito Art Auction An Evening of Art, Food and Music

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ore than 300 guests attended the 2018 Incognito Art Auction and Gala at Memphis Botanic Garden. This evening of art, food and fun was a fundraiser benefiting the art, education and horticulture programs of the Memphis Botanic Garden. Admission included drink tickets and access to a wide assortment of fine wines and beers, and such delectables as galette rustic tarts from Stone Soup Cafe, meatballs from Fratelli’s and roast beef sliders from Holiday Deli and Ham. Another Roadside Attraction served up mouth-watering sesame chicken wraps and Gibson’s Donuts provided dessert. The sold-out event featured over 100 artists who were wore masks so as to be “incognito.” Guests bid on art works that struck their fancy without knowing the name of the artist who created their selections. Special guest host was WKNO’s Kacky Walton. Music was provided by Soundscape Pop and Jazz Combo. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister Jerry Lawler and Lauryn McBride

Julie Lakebrink with Larry Frankenbach and Theresa Jacques

Sandra Horton and Gay Johnston

Bo Hargett and Hillary Cox

Dan and Penney Alabaster

Eileen Cashbaugh and Phyllis Boger

Sue McMahon and Michael Post

Bob and Marty Parker

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Memphis Garden Gala Big Green Fundraiser

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he Kitchen Community, now renamed Big Green, brought its Memphis Garden Gala to Crosstown Concourse. The stars were shining as a number of guests played to the theme, “Garden Galaxy,” with men sporting ties with celestial designs and women glittering in jewelry featuring heavenly objects.The evening began with cocktails, catered appetizers from Next Door American Eatery and a performance by the Memphis Grizz Line. A family-style dinner was prepared by chefs Will Byrd, Steven Howell, David Krog and Patrick Reilly. Chef Konrad Spitzbart created desserts to top off the meal. Presented by Orion Federal Credit Union, the event was the second annual fundraiser for Big Green Learning Gardens. Built to bring real food into local communities through area schools, the success of its mission was evidenced in the announcement that the Maxine Smith STEAM Academy received the National Healthy Schools Gold Award for its focus on food and nutrition, one of only 10 schools in the country to achieve this honor.

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Daniel Wieckenand and Diane Jalfon with Karl Dean

Nishel Patel, Dimple Kumar and LaTreka Smith

Valerie Smith and Leigh Richardson

David and Bonnie Thornton

Chris Armstrong, Kate Collins and Kelly Lomax

Marie Dennan, Tighe Hutchins and Madeleine Nelson

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Brad and Sarah Gilmer

Sadie Yanckello and Sam Mattson

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embers of Ladies Love Liberty and their guests gathered at Chickasaw Country Club to celebrate the 59th AutoZone Liberty Bowl with their annual fashion show luncheon. Music by “Breeze” Cayolle Duo set an elegant tone as Steve Ehrhart, Executive Director of AutoZone Liberty Bowl, welcomed guests to the sold-out event, co-chaired by Charlotte Neal and Rosemary Ballinger. Along with past presidents, Leigh Shockey was recognized for her role as the 2017 President of AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Peggy Dudley was honored posthumously as founder of Ladies Love Liberty, a group she created to give women a way to celebrate the Liberty Bowl season. Eula Horrell is the organization’s current president. The fashion show was moderated by Babbie Lovett and featured the latest in fashions from Betty Hays Boutique. After the luncheon, Pat Kerr Tigrett presented a boutique of her cocktail, bridal and children’s couture creations. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

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Mary Allie McLellan, Charlotte Neal and Mary Edith Walker

Pam Kimery and Betty Hays

Eula Horrell and Norma McCrory

Gretchen Reaves, Sheryl McGrew and Betty Green

Sheilla Hume, Patti Russell and Rosemary Ballinger

Brooke Tweddell, Leigh Shockey and Susan Dale

Marion Krag, Nancy Walker and Arlene Southern

Honey Cannon, Billie Jean Graham and Ann Hunt

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sually when people refer to March Madness they’re talking about college basketball. But for me, March Madness is the lunacy that By Dennis Phillippi comes from waiting for our brief winter to come to an end. It’s selfish I know to complain about our winter when, even at its very worst, it’s nothing compared to most of the country, but I still hate it. I hate being cold. I hate the sun going down early. Technically winter ends on the 20th, but it never actually ends on that day. There are always weeks more of cold, damp, dark misery, alleviated only by, well, March Madness. I’ll just hole up in the house and watch basketball until it stays light until at least seven. It will officially become Spring this month and that means my wife will get it into her head that we should try some of this “spring cleaning” everyone talks about every year. We won’t really do any spring cleaning, but I will have to pretend to be on board with at least the idea until my I can distract her with something else, like, say, going to the zoo, or catching a movie. I’ll even go to a movie about a woman learning not to blame herself, or some other chick flick stuff, as long as I don’t have to spend a weekend organizing the attic. We will have to make an actual effort to get our yard back into some kind of shape. Fall and Winter do mean a reprieve from having to do any mowing or weeding, but with warmer weather comes the responsibility to not drag down the value of our neighbors' property by having kneehigh weeds masquerading as grass. My long-term plan is to have my entire yard taken over by monkey grass so I only have to mow it once a year — but that process looks like it’s going to take at least a decade. So, for now, that means cutting the grass, something I dislike almost as much as movies about women learning not to blame themselves for whatever. March also means being aware that soon I’ll be seen in T-shirts, and even occasionally in a swimsuit. The maintenance exercise I’ve been doing all winter, which amounts to searching for the remote control and doing laundry, has not been nearly enough to offset the constant consumption of sweet, comforting potato chips and cookies that got me through the winter months. Now that there’s a chance someone might see me not wearing a coat, I’ll have to start putting in some effort on shedding some of this cold weather

The maintenance exercise I’ve been doing all winter, which amounts to searching for the remote control and doing laundry, has not been nearly enough to offset the constant consumption of sweet, comforting potato chips and cookies that got me through the winter months.

lard I’ve built up. I’ve never been someone who worked out for my health, I work out for one reason — vanity. It’s a common misperception that March is the only month that has Ides. Every month in

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the Roman calendar has Ides, it’s just that the Ides of March got famous because that’s when Julius Caesar was offed by a couple of his closest pals, along with something like 60 other people. That not only gave us the famous Ides of March, but also may very well have been the origin of the word “overkill.” It usually doesn’t require the services of dozens of people to stab one guy. We always get a nasty cold snap sometime in March, which inevitably leads to someone saying that the already-beginning-to-bud trees and the bright yellow buttercups and daffodils that have shown their heads are “going to die.” Those trees and those flowers have had millennia to figure this out, a little cold weather isn’t going to kill them or we wouldn’t have any to be killed. Normally I would really be looking forward to March Madness. I love sports and the NCAA tournament is one of the most exciting events in all of athletics. But the one thing that will be missing is the Memphis Tigers. I’ll still watch the games, but it will be a drag to not have a home team to make me insane. College sports differ from professional sports in that, most of the time, people are fans of the school they went to or the one that is nearest by. You don’t have to be from Dallas to love the Cowboys or from Pittsburgh to cheer for the Steelers, you just have to be the kind of person who would be a fan of the Cowboys or the Steelers. You know who you are. With no Tigers in the tournament I have no one to be my team. I only went to college for one year and that school’s basketball program makes the tournament about as often as men walk on the moon, so that’s no help. So what I’ll probably end up doing is cheering for whatever team is designated by the sports media as the “Cinderella Team.” Some group of scrappy kids from an unlikely school that makes it much further that they have any business doing. The problem with those teams, of course, is that they have no business doing so well, which means they’re only going to end up losing in a much more high profile game than they otherwise would have. It’s all really fun until that adorable team that we’ve all gotten so wrapped up in gets clobbered by Duke in the Elite Eight. People tend to forget that Cinderella left the ball early. All of this is just me complaining from back here in the cold, waning days of February, dreaming of Spring and knowing I’ll have to wait just that little bit longer than I can stand. By the time you read this I’m sure I’ll be happy and warm and still kind of blubbery. I’ll have enjoyed the tournament, mowed the grass and most importantly, not have had to spend any time in my attic.

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