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StreetSeen • 16

Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell

On-air lifestyle correspondent works with some of the best in the business

Continuing his father's musical legacy

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JJ Keras

StreetSeen • 18

RSVPhillippi • 49

Sharon Moore

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Fostering a new way to look at food - as medicine

Don't tempt the fate of your superstitions

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Memphis Moments • 14, 28, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 44, 45 & 46

GreenShoe Gala • 20

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Red Shoe Gala • 36

ONE Night Gala • 42

Supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis

Get Down to Save Lives

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his issue is definitely a colorful one, what with the Red Shoe Gala, the GreenShoe Gala, the Think Pink Luncheon and the Blue Pump Gala among fundraisers we have covered. Some of these events have become annual traditions, others are just getting started. Either way, it’s exciting to see people in our community turning up, time and time again, to support the various causes and organizations that benefit from these philanthropic endeavors. Even though the last few months of the year are often referred to as the “Giving Season” for the nonprofit sector, we can be proud that, in Memphis, the giving goes on year-round. However, the outlook is not all rosy. Memphis-based nonprofit organizations are facing some of the same challenges that are being felt nationally. As more and more nonprofit CEOs retire, this means our work to hone the skills of emerging leaders in the nonprofit sector is vitally important. Helping to guide and offering resources to area nonprofit organizations is Momentum Nonprofit Partners (formerly named the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence). According to Kevin Dean, the organization’s CEO, “We exist to build the momentum of the nonprofit sector to drive equitable, measurable, and lasting change. Momentum Nonprofit Partners offers a wide range of training, including classes that address community engagement, continuity planning, developing a network for CEOs and Executive Directors, facilitating meetings and managing volunteers. Additionally, we offer a Nonprofit Storyteller's Workshop that is a half-day learning lab designed to help fundraising and communications staff develop storytelling skills to tell their organization’s essential stories, and use those storytelling skills to create community buy-in, raise awareness, and raise funds for their organization.” Dean continues, “And it is imperative that there is increased collaboration between agencies as competition heats up for the same dollars/donations. We need more collaboration, innovation and collective impact. And, we have to be more diligent about educating emerging leaders about the complexity of nonprofit administration and the community challenges they seek to solve.” So the call to action here is to ask you to put on your thinking caps. Think about the organizations you support and others that you know about in the Memphis community. See if you can define any areas of overlap where a collaborative partnership might be benefit to all parties — then champion that cause.

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Of Note: In our April issue, we published a photo of a class of little ballerinas in our RSVPast feature. We really knew nothing about the photo, except for the year, 1958, and the photographer, Nadia Price. We were pleased to hear from The Reverend Alexander H. Webb II, Rector, Church of the Holy Communion, who let us know that the picture was taken on the steps of the church. Then we heard from Ms. Marion Hammer, who is an alum of St. Mary’s Episcopal School for Girls. Ms. Hammer’s sister is in the photo and she recognized it immediately. Traditionally, St. Mary’s students were required to take ballet. Each May, the students participated in the school’s annual May Festival and showed off the dancing skills they had learned. For many years, including 1958, the ballet instructor at the school was Mrs. Derek Rook. Thank you, Father Webb and Ms. Hammer for helping us out! 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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physical place, I just tune the world out and get lost in my thoughts.

Favorite Southern Idiom: “Bless his heart” Best Advice You Ever Got: From my dad, “Believe in yourself” Your Most Annoying Habit: Probably making a parody out of every song

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Rock the Ribbon Benefiting Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi


usan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi invited guests to “Rock the Ribbon” at its 7th annual dance party fundraiser. Guests dressed to “get their groove on” danced to the lively sounds of G3: The Garry Goin Group. The Great Hall in Germantown was festively decorated with twinkling flower lights set off by black tablecloths. The evening included a silent auction, photo booth, beer and wine, and delicious food provided by Bonefish Grill, Donut Hutt, Huey’s, IPOP Gourmet Popcorn, Marco’s Pizza, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Nothing Bundt Cakes and One & Only BBQ. “This event is a fun way to raise money and awareness,” said Elaine Hare, CEO of Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi. “We will raise over $50,000, 75 percent goes to community grant programs to provide the best healthcare possible for uninsured and under-insured women and 25 percent of the proceeds supports cutting-edge research.” Story and Photos by Gaye Swan Annaleigh Bagley and Will Mischke with Lisa and Phil Mischke

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Dr. Lindi VanderWalde and Lorraine Wolf

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JJ Keras




J Keras grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis. After attending college at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she met her husband, Jay, she went to law school at the University of Denver. “We were college sweethearts and I like to say I became a Memphian by marriage,” said JJ. “We returned to Jay’s hometown for him to finish his last year of law school at the University of Memphis. He wanted to have a career in his family’s automobile business.”

Once they moved to Memphis, JJ found work as a contract attorney for AutoZone. To get better acquainted with her adopted hometown, she volunteered her time and efforts to help organize and chair a number of community events, including Cirque du CMOM in 2013, Junior League of Memphis Merry Marketplace and the 2017 Krewes for Kids event at Crosstown Concourse. For the past 10 years she has been the director of the 100 Club of Memphis, an organization that supports and raises funds for the firefighters and police of Memphis and Shelby County. All of these volunteer endeavors created a new career path for JJ. When she was chairing Cirque du CMOM, she was asked to do a spot about the event on WREG Channel 3. “I had never aspired to be on TV, but I hit it off with Mary Beth Conley, and was asked back to do a Valentine’s segment and then an Easter segment, to show how to host special holiday events,” explained JJ. That exposure led to an opportunity to work with NBC local affiliate, New York Live, which is like a feeder station for the Today Show. “I was asked to do a series of Lifestyle segments and there I met Amy Rosenblum, founder of the fourth hour of the Today Show (She put Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb together),” said JJ. “Amy media trained me, teaching me how to address the show hosts and how to work with timing and transitions for an on-air, 5-minute lifestyle segment. She

“It’s a chance to work with some of the best people in the business.” also taught me how to recognize what’s exciting and what’s boring, in terms of presentation and content. Most of all she taught me what it takes to work in a national market.”

JJ’s first segment on the Today Show was on New Year’s Eve 2015. “It was with Natalie Morales and the idea was to give a quick visual presentation for party-planning,” recalled JJ. “It started with a specialty drink, then food, then decor. There were ‘clocktails’ (a specialty champagne drink) and a clock-designed cake to help carry out the midnight count-down theme. The other foods played to a breakfast-after-midnight with French toast skewer bites, cookie dough shots, and tuxedo crackers and cheese. There were even dried black-eyed peas for party favors. And the decor included a Kissing Ball made with burgundy carnations.” JJ said that spot led to building a relationship with the producers of the Today Show. Her next assignment was a segment for the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl. Now almost three years later, she goes to New York City about 10 times each year to do the Entertaining segment for the show. To get these gigs, JJ has to compete with other stylists, like the style director of Good Housekeeping and the editor of Good Housekeeping. About once a month, she flies to NYC the day before the segment for a 1 to 2 night stay. “It is super competitive, but I love it,” said JJ. “It’s a chance to work with some of the best people in the business. And I’m thrilled to be a part of the New York work scene, but so happy that I’m still able to raise my family here in Memphis.”

May 2018



SHARON MOORE Changing Lives Through Food

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Steve Roberts




haron Moore has seen Church Health transformed over the last 14 years that she has served as Manager of Nutrition and Wellness Education. “We relocated from Peabody Avenue and clinics across the city to a consolidated location in Crosstown Concourse,” said Moore. “But our growth is so much more than our physical space. There has been a vast increase in scope for our focus on nutrition. And now everything we offer comes from evidence-based research.” “We recently celebrated our one-year anniversary in our new facility,” continued Moore. ”Our message is that food IS medicine. We think it is as important as seeing the doctor or taking your medicine as prescribed. And we want our local community to realize that eating healthy is affordable.” When Church Health opened its Nutrition Kitchen, they began offering a number of classes and programs devoted to helping people achieve and maintain better health through a new way of looking at food — Culinary Medicine. Moore and other staff members are now licensed to teach the culinary medicine curriculum developed at the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane. Moore explained, “We are here to teach students in all healthcare disciplines to talk to their patients about nutrition in real ways that will help change eating patterns. Also, we offer continuing medical education (CME) programs to teach healthcare practitioners to talk with patients about using food as medicine. And, we provide free classes in a sixweek format, two hours once a week, to teach anyone in the community how to cook and eat a healthier diet.” Using social media to promote the community classes, participants are coming from across the Greater Memphis area, and the majority are not Church Health patients. “In our teaching kitchen, participants cook together just like they are cooking at home,” said Moore. “Then they eat what they’ve cooked as a family style meal. Also, they discuss the nine principles of the Mediterranean Diet, which has over 30 years of evidenced-based research showing this diet can prevent or help manage diseases like diabetes, hypertension, chronic arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, high cholesterol, and obesity — all major health issues in our community.” The last component is the research piece. Moore and her staff conduct a pre-and post-survey for every participant to capture information about significant behavioral changes. These statistics help them understand how well they are doing, in terms of teaching. Since the community classes began last June, findings show that the large majority of program participants are now reading food labels

“Our message is that food IS medicine.”

and using a simple technique to modify their eating patterns. “The My Plate approach asks participants to re-allocate their food choices,” explained Moore. “Thinking of their dinner plates like divided plates, we ask them to place fruits and vegetables in the largest compartment, and use the two smaller compartments for meat and starch.” Other simple, practical instructions advise to use food choices to create a colorful plate, thereby maximizing different nutrients, and to do most of your grocery shopping from the perimeter of the store. “That’s where everything is located that is

likely to be in its unaltered form (i.e., fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats, fish, etc.),” said Moore. “The food items in the middle of the store have been modified, so buy as little as possible from center aisles. However, there is something to be said for frozen fruits and veggies. They can be better for you than fresh because they have been flash frozen at the peak of flavor and have the most nutrients. But in any case, if you can’t read and pronounce the food label, then you probably don’t need to buy that product.” “We believe that we are changing lives and not only in terms of health,” concluded Moore. “When you break bread together there is a commonality that is so real, so authentic. Something magical happens and we see that we are also building a sense of community from strangers.” For more information or to sign up for classes, visit and click on the Nutrition page.

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GreenShoe Gala Benefiting Shelby Farms Park + Shelby Farms Greenline

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t felt like the luck of the Irish was in the air as more than 300 guests were greeted by a beautiful sunset over Hyde Lake as they gathered at the FedEx Event Center for the 2018 GreenShoe Gala. The evening started with cocktails and conversation, along with the saxophone stylings of Kreston Smith, as supporters donning green shoes and neckties came together to raise money to benefit Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline. Supporters sipped the featured signature cocktail, “The Shamrock,” as they lined up to roll the dice for a chance to win $30,000 in cash. They also browsed a table of treasures for purchase including Day of Play packages that featured passes for a Hyde Lake bike or boat rental, gift cards for the Kitchen Bistro and buffalo window decals. The book “Shelby Farms Park, Elevating a City” by Tom Jones was available to purchase, as was the chance to sponsor a park bench. A foyer table carried out the green theme with green candied apples created by Miss Birdsong. Also adding to the night’s coffers were proceeds from a wine pull and the opportunity to adopt a park buffalo for $100. Adopters received a plush buffalo as a memento. Dinner was created by master chef Jimmy Gentry of Paradox Catering, and See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

began with a terrarium garden salad of fresh greens, citrus and petals. The entrée was a modern, deconstructed version of traditional Irish stew. Dessert followed with Luck of The Irish stout cake featuring Jameson Irish Whiskey. After dinner, the fun-filled party got under way outside in a garden tent. Things heated up as guests danced the night away to music by the Brennan Villines Band and indulged in signature GreenShoe donuts by Gibson’s Donuts and other savory treats by Paradox Catering. The 2018 GreenShoe Gala was presented by First Tennessee Foundation. Emcees for the event were Ron Childers and Joyce Peterson. The host committee included Calvin and Belinda Anderson, Charles and Judy Burkett, JW and Kathy Gibson, Pitt and Barbara Hyde, Bryan and Kim Jordan, Alla and Nathan Lubin, John and Laura Morris, Tim and Catherine Nicholls, Demetri and Lane Patikas, Bill and Amy Rhodes, David and Michelle Scully, Gary and Glenda Shorb, Diego and Cynthia Winegardner, and Kent and Susan Wunderlich. Supporting sponsors included Montgomery Martin Contractors, Baker Donelson, BrightView, Fairwood Capital, Financial Federal, nexAir, Oak Hall, Pickering Firm, Inc., Rotolo Consultants, Inc., and Watkins Uiberall, PLLC.

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Soup Sunday A Tasty Fundraiser


pproximately 50 Mid-South restaurants served up soups and specialty dishes at the 29th annual Youth Villages Soup Sunday. The event, sponsored by Konica Minolta, returned to the FedExForum and attracted more than 2,500 patrons. Radio personalities Ron Olson and Karen Perrin, co-hosts of the morning show on WRVR, served as this year’s bell ringers and kicked off the event with Youth Villages CEO Pat Lawler. The Memphis Doctors Dance Band provided musical entertainment with their brand of Big Band jazz. This family friendly event also had plenty to keep youngsters entertained: an Oreo stacking contest, face painting, inflatables, and Mr. Nick lit up the Kid Zone with his magical theatrics. This year’s Soup Sunday was organized by more than 300 volunteers. Over the past 29 years, Soup Sunday has raised more than $1 million for Youth Villages. The proceeds from the 2018 event will benefit the Youth Villages Mentoring Program. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger Markova Reed and Chris Anderson

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Cognac, Cars and Cigars Making Wishes Come True


mellow mood suffused the Cognac, Cars and Cigars presented by Make-AWish Mid-South. Those who bought tickets and provided sponsorships knew that proceeds were to help youngsters diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions realize their sweetest desires during coming months. Guests sipped Martell Cognac as they strolled the Pink Palace Museum grounds, socialized and sampled dishes prepared and served by local restaurants and caterers. Fragrant smoke from cigars handed out by BeLeaf Cigar Co. wafted as singers Guordan Banks, Devin Crutcher and Keia Johnson entertained. A bevy of snazzy vehicles was on display, courtesy of Steve Jones Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Bumpus Harley-Davidson of Memphis, Collections by T. Dish, Enfield’s Detail, GGI Janitorial Inc., King Status, Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals, Metro PCS, Mid-South Gastroenterology Group, Preferred Title & Escrow, Reaves Law Firm and The Chiro Place contributed sponsorship support. Story and Photos by Virginia M. Davis

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A Taste of CBHS Feast for the Fine Arts


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wenty-eight of the our city’s finest eateries came together at Heffernan Hall at Christian Brothers High School for one the biggest food event of the year. A Taste of CBHS brought out famous names like Huey’s, Blues City Café, The Butcher Shop, The Half Shell, Soul Fish Café, The Grove Grill, Coletta’s, Automatic Slim’s, Bangkok Alley, Corky’s, Ubee’s and The Dirty Crow Inn. Guests dined on everything from steak and chicken to seafood, Cuban sliders, salads, pizza and everything in between to the sounds of music from the Frank Grisanti Performance Café. Additionally, Brothers of Faith, Walnut Groove and Amro Music serenaded diners as they filled their plates with mouth-watering goodies and fine libations from Old Dominick Distillery, Tennessee Good Life Wines and Spirits, Wiseacre Brewery and Buster’s Liquors. CBHS art students contributed a variety of ceramic pieces, which guests could take home and the Linkous Silent Auction offered many other treasures. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

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Temple Israel Presents Robert Klein An Evening of Music and Laughter


or more than 40 years, Tony Award winning comedian and actor Robert Klein has entertained audiences and has an acclaimed career in comedy, on Broadway, on television and in film. Born in the Bronx, he was a member of the famous Second City theatrical troupe in Chicago. Temple Israel proudly presented “An Evening of Laughter and Music with Robert Klein!” at the beautiful Halloran Centre for Performing Arts. The unforgettable evening of entertainment began with a VIP sponsors reception featuring cocktails and a fabulous presentation of delightful eats by Simply Delicious Catering. Wild mushroom tartlets were passed around, along with mouth-watering mac and cheese bites, as guests filled their plates with sweet and sour meatballs, turkey sliders with cranberry chutney and crispy seasoned potatoes. Dessert included such decadent delights as key lime tartlets, bananas foster cheesecake bites and dark chocolate mousse cups topped with amarena cherries. It was truly an evening to remember. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Rudi and Honey Scheidt

Rabbi Micah Greenstein with Sheril Greenstein, Tammy Myers and Lee Schwartzberg

Stephen and Kathleen Manley

Jackie and Alex Evans

Jennifer and Jeff Kollath with Aaron Kanowitz

Buddy and Jean Ballin

Bill and Patti Weiss


Betsy Saslawsky and Elkan Scheidt


Laurie Scheidt and Stacy Alpert

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Jean and Nick Morton

Diane and Lewis Reich


Memphis Moment

Josephine Circle Luncheon at Tiffany’s


s members of Josephine Circle and their guests stepped off the escalator at the Memphis Hilton to attend the organization’s annual fashion show luncheon, they were greeted by music performed by students under the direction of James Weil from the Overton High School CAPA Orchestra. This year’s fundraiser, “Luncheon at Tiffany’s,” was overseen by event co-chairmen Rita Garrigan and Andrea Weaver and their committee members Linda Ashmore, Marsha Cayce, Eula Horrell, Pat McCaleb, Tommie Pardue, Linda Photopulos, Annette Poole, Kathy Smith and Mary Shaw Shulte. Students from Overton High School provided musical entertainment. Ron Children served as Master of Ceremonies and Courtney Neal was the fashion show coordinator. Fashions for the show were provided by Saddle Creek. Proceeds will support the loans and scholarships program for college students from the Mid-South. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Suzy Kemker and Judy Adkins

Peggy Larkin and Carole Pruett

Andrea Weaver and Rita Garrigan

Annette Poole, Tommie Pardue and Marsha Cayce

Ellen Meyer, Patti Russell and Norann McManus

Debra Timanus and April Shamoun

Brenda West and Carole Hinely

Laura Taylor and Lee Lindsay

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Madonna Circle Making Memphis Memorable


adonna Circle’s inaugural “Making Memphis Memorable Afternoon Tea and Awards,” held at the Memphis Botanic Garden, honored women in the Memphis community who strive to make the city a better place. Katelin Walker, event chair, said about 270 women attended the tea. “Our intent was to celebrate the purpose of Madonna Circle’s service to the Memphis community, as well as to honor those outside of Madonna Circle who work to make Memphis a better place,” Walker said. The women of Madonna Circle presented their $5,000 annual sweepstakes to Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc., and honored four women, including Ephie Johnson, president and CEO of Neighborhood Christian Centers. Also honored were Brittany Spence, who founded the Forrest Spence Fund; Darlene Winters, president and artistic director of Company d; and owner of Sweet LaLa’s Bakery, Lauren Wilson Young, for her work with juveniles entangled in the court system. Story and Photos by Rebekah Yearout Anna Shelton, Pat Ellis, Mary Ellen McDow and Cissy Shelton

Nancy Shellenberg and Jennifer Reginelli

Julie Wright and Katelin Walker

Jess Wilkins and Elena Ross

Patti Russell, Carole Pruett, Laurie Nelson and Nancy Nelson



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Kelly Thompson and Tami Manes

Gloria Dahlman and Andrea West

Donna Lucchesi and Libby Hudman

Megan Dickey, Lauren Wilson Young and Jordan Scott

Nancy Ryall, Carol Scarberry and Susie Hudson

Susan Carr and Cathy Walsh


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Half Pints for Half Pints Pouring Support for a Neighborhood School

P Allison Hotz, Brittany Lewis and Shelton Gandy

Eric Plumley and Zac Ives

eabody Elementary School in Cooper-Young has lots of fans. Dozens of supporters attended Memphis Made Brewing Co.’s Tap Room to eat, drink and be merry to help the school’s Parent Teacher Association raise money for arts and technology programs. Half Pints for Half Pints was a tight squeeze of a fundraiser, but the chumminess enhanced the experience. It included food provided by Cooper-Young mainstays Aldo’s, Celtic Crossing, Central BBQ, Mulan and Sweet Grass, pouring and quaffing of Memphis Made beer and the sounds of finger-snapping music spun by Goner Records DJ Zac Ives. Christian Brothers University, Cooper-Young Business Association, Cooper-Young Community Association, Good Golly Photography, InCity Realty, Ray Rico Freelance and State Farm Agent Steve Womack provided sponsorship assistance. Story and Photos by Virginia M. Davis

Damien and Jeremie Klingberg

Laura Daum, Peter Owen and Lurene Kelley

Derrick Passero, Elizabeth Blondis and Ken Kanzaki

Greg Dickey and Sean George

Erika Guyton and Stephanie Gonzalez

Maggie Althoff and Joseph Campbell

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Red Shoe Gala


Red Shoe Gala Supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis

A June Barbas and Kim Beck

Vicki and Charles Fioranelli

pproximately 400 guests turned out for The Red Shoe Gala benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis (RMHC). This chic affair had people kicking up their heels in black tie attire and their choice of red footwear. The gala, held at the FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms, was presented by McDonald’s/Century Management. The evening began with a cocktail hour and fashion showcase sponsored by Laurelwood Shopping Center. Male and female “freeze models” were attired in fashions for the coming warmer weather from stores in the East Memphis shopping mecca. Paradox Catering prepared the meal for the event, starting off with fresh green salad. A dual entree included New York strip steak and oven-roasted salmon, with smoked squash and asparagus. Dinner music was provided by McKenna Bray (vocalist) and Susan Marshall (keyboardist). During the evening, guest speaker Brittany Hebert, founder and CEO of Sky High, spoke about her organization’s commitment to “providing comfort, funding research and saving lives of children fighting pediatric cancer and other lifethreatening conditions.” Since 2007, Sky High has donated over $6 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Guests were invited to support those families See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

fighting alongside their children at St. Jude by making donations to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis. Jeff Morris served as auctioneer for the live auction portion of the event. One of the live auction items was a unique Paradox Underground Experience. This exclusive dining experience offered the high bidder and 11 guests a sort of culinary speakeasy opportunity — a fivecourse meal with libations prepared by Jimmy Gentry and his Paradox team in an obscure location around town. Other live auction items included floor seats to a Justin Timberlake concert, a ruby and diamond bracelet from Sissy’s Log Cabin, and trips to Las Vegas, Blue Mountain Beach and Park City, Utah. Morris also announced that in support for RMHC, Renasant Bank donated a new car for use by the RMHC staff to assist families. The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis is to provide support services and a “home-away-from-home” for St. Jude families and their children receiving treatment, at no cost, for cancer and other catastrophic childhood illnesses. After the live auction, guests were invited to “step out in their red shoes” to the dance tent. The DMP Band, with band members decked out in red sequined jackets, provided the evening’s musical entertainment.



Amy and David Carson

Cory and Meg Prewitt with Nick and Andie Ray and B.Scott Duke

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Drs. Rye and Jeremie Estepp

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Don Perry

Tamara and Daryl Hodges

Diana and Mickey Foster

Lora McGill and Jovie Bridgewater

Micah Renfro and Lindsey Dinges


Michael and Kristy Catlin

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Kimberly and Elpertis Robertson

Elizabeth Ennis, Savannah London and Victoria Busse

Elizabeth and Salvador Martinez

Michael and Landi Bohner

Mark and Traci Strickland

Claire Brulatour and Courtney Fowler

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Red Shoe Gala


Dan and Colleen Mignogna

Rob and Maria Dannemiller

Eddie Golden and Kristin Smith

Miller and Thelma Riley

Lindley and Chad Jackson

Chris and Danny Melton with Debbie and Gary Melton



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Jason and Rose Heckendort

Kim and Lavernon Dickerson

Daniel Reid and Alice Higdon

Mickenzie and DeQuan Seely

Trinh Tran, Ada Diaz, Melissa Low and Ellen Munoz

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Lynn and Chris McDermott

Jana and Brian Thompson

Chad and Amy Arterburn

Anna Francis and Jeff Morris

Sarah and Beck Barnes

Jim and Jeanne Larkin with Jenny and John Campbell



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Phillip and Robin May

Todd Tillman and Mariel Oyuela

Stefanie and Chris Taylor

Kimberly and Nick Sowell

Jeff and Katherine Graham with Kelsey and Ryan Taylor

ONE Night Gala


ONE Night Gala

M Terry and Cathy Lynch

Suzana and Michael Lightman Jr.

Get Down, Save Lives

ore than 900 attendees turned out to support the 2018 ONE Night Gala. The “see and be seen” event was held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, with Holly Craft and Madelyn Gray co-chairing this fundraiser to benefit the Regional One Health Foundation. After a video presentation about Regional One Health, Dr. Reginald Coopwood, President and CEO of Regional One Health said, “You saw it. We do the tough stuff. Our Health System cares for some of the most traumatic and challenging cases, often with the highest profile and highest risk. We’re the only Level 1 Trauma Center, the only verified Burn Center, the designated Perinatal Center for the MidSouth, and one of the oldest Newborn Intensive Care programs in the country. This year we’re celebrating the 50th birthday of our NICU.” A second video was shown, featuring patient Max Courtney, son of Bill and Lisa Courtney. Max’s family retold the emotional experience of almost losing him and how his life was saved. After the video, Max’s sister, Molly Courtney, took the stage to recognize Dr. Louis Magnotti and Dr. Jerry Jones. The ONE Night dinner menu included a first course salad of grilled green tomatoes and jerk shrimp with corn relish and cilantro pesto. The second See all the party photos at Password: RSVP

course featured a classic filet atop wild mushrooms in a pool of saffron sauce with Boursin au gratin potatoes, broccoli, carrots and red peppers finished with a demi-glace. Dessert was a chocolate lava cake with whipped cream and a berry sauce. The dinner sponsor was Revere Meat Co. Michael Detroit led the pledge portion of the program. Donation cards were collected from attendees and guests added to the evening’s coffers by bidding on a guitar and albums autographed by Kenny Loggins. After dinner, ONE Night invited guests to be “Footloose” and enter the “Danger Zone” as Kenny Loggins performed his chart-topping hits. After Loggins, The Bar-Kays performed until the evening wrapped up around midnight. The event was hosted by Regional One Health Foundation and was presented by Signature Sponsors the Arney/Scheidt Family Foundation, FedEx, Radians, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and Provident. Entertainment was provided in part by Southeastern Asset Management and SunTrust. The proceeds from the gala will be used to purchase state-of-the-art medical technology, provide advanced medical training for caregivers, and initiate programs to combat community health issues.



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lmad and Fanta Abdullah

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger Photos by Don Perry

Chris Anderson and Markova Reed

Trene and Dr. Andrew Wilner

Joy and Dejuan Bowen

Harold and Dawn Graeter

Wennie Rush, Dr Peter Fischer and Feff Rush

Tim and Sherry May


Debra and David Aquadro

Sharon and Dr. Clifford Posman

Sara and Alejandro Ordonez

Dr. Chad and Monica Patel

Carol and Kim Halladay with Rachel and David Harvey

Mark and Kim Ward

ONE Night Gala

Rena and Michael Montgomery

Madelyn Gray and Holly Craft

Shannon and Lloyd Finks

Girlie Brewer and Jerome Hines

Eric and Catrina Tate with Leslie and John Daniel

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Memphis Moment


Think Pink 10th Annual Luncheon


pproximately 300 guests gathered at the Holiday Inn - University of Memphis for the 2018 Think Pink Memphis Luncheon, Fashion Show & Auction. The event was the 10th annual fundraiser presented by Zeta Tau Alpha Memphis area alumnae to benefit breast cancer education and awareness and to celebrate local breast cancer survivors. Karen Perrin, of 104.5 The River, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. The luncheon included a fashion show with models, all breast cancer survivors, wearing ensembles from local boutiques. This year’s keynote speaker was breast cancer survivor Geralyn Lucas, who served as ABC editorial producer at the ABC News newsmagazine 20/20 and as the executive director of public affairs/programming at the Lifetime Television cable network. She is also the author of two books about her cancer experience. At the end of the event, breast cancer survivors were honored with a “Survivors’ Parade” around the room.

Cathy Clark, Vicki Clark and Susye Sisk

Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger

Jackie Scoby and Sara Clark

Ang O’Brien and Rebecca DeRousse

Ava Jett and Cheyenne Clanton

Frances Cox and Debbie Capps

Diana Simpson and Stephanie Simpson

Carla Burke and Rosalee Thompson



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Roxana Parada, Chelsea Cranford and Tyler Napier

Tracy Trotter and Jennifer Baker

Becky Bowman and Molly Meisenheimer

Melissa Still and Michele Spears


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Blue Pump Gala Women in Transportation Majors at the University of Memphis


he Southeast Transportation Workforce Center hosted the fifth annual Blue Pump Gala at the Memphis Hilton. The evening combined a fun networking reception followed by an awards ceremony. “Everyone wears their best blue shoes in support of women pursuing post-secondary degrees in transportation majors at the University of Memphis,” said Meredith Powers, Associate Director of the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center. Guests mingled and chatted as they enjoyed the sounds of the Will Lange Trio during the reception. A heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet featured a variety of cheese and fruit, and the main course station offered delicious beef and chicken dishes. Southeast Transportation Workforce Center Director Dr. Stephanie Ivey welcomed partygoers and presented the evening’s awards, including those to Robin Colwell, named Industry Professional of the Year by the Society of Female Transportation Professionals, and Sean Healy, who won the individual Friend of the SETWC – Moving the Needle Award.

Dan Pallme and Karen Leathers with Lendon and Sean Ellis

Story and Photos by Gaye Swan

Janice and Albert Glenn

Brandico Barr and Zoe Harrison

Alexis Warren and Joshua Washington

Patrick Spruiell, Stuart Leslie, Adriana Clark and Brandon Musso

Brian Powers and Tim Taylor with Jon and Denise Luna

Dr. Stephanie Ivey, Rebecca McHann and Frances Gutt

Sean Healy and Robin Colwell

Alia Burrows, Kayla Hill and Stephanie Miranda

Sam Jordan, Ted Townsend and Meredith Powers

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Les Passees Cabaret A Venetian Masquerade


arty-goers in festive masks enjoyed a beautiful Venetian Masquerade Ball at Memphis Botanic Garden to benefit Les Passees. Now in its 97th year, the Les Passees Cabaret featured a silent auction with items ranging from gift baskets to diamonds. Guests sipped wine and nibbled on hors d’oeuvres as they mingled and bid on items. Elegantly decorated in black and gold, with Venetian masks and small candelabras as table centerpieces, the dining room evoked the intrigue of a masquerade ball. The sit-down dinner was catered by A Moveable Feast, and Jamie Baker and the VIPs provided entertainment. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of Living Ads, high school seniors chosen to represent corporate sponsors. The 2018 Living Ads were Kelsey Douglas, Katelyn Elmore, Kaitlyn Keppen, Regan Lee and Anne Elizabeth Matheny. Les Passees’ mission is to provide advocacy and support to enhance the quality of life for children and their families. Story and Photos by Gaye Swan

Kelsey Douglas, Katelyn Elmore, Anne Elizabeth Matheny, Kaitlyn Keppen and Regan Lee

Alanna Oliphant with Suzanne and Alex Oliphant

Kim Flynn and Annie Taylor

Emmy Whitley, Madison Lovelace, Georgia Sink and Madeline Matheny

Patricia Posey and John Michael Posey Judy and Stephen Ashby

Carmen Vincent and Leslie Darr



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Jules and Bill England

David Pickering and Connor Matheny


After Hours

AFTER HOURS Coldwell Banker Collins Maury Awards Presentation Dinner

F Bill Maury and Tiffany McLemore

Marla Pennington and Doug Collins

ounded in 1987 by Doug Collins, Coldwell Banker Collins Maury is one of our city’s premier full service real estate firms. This dynamic group gathered in the grand ballroom of the Butcher Shop Restaurant for their annual awards presentation and dinner. 150 guests mingled with cocktails and wine to the classic sixties and seventies rock sounds of the band Feel Free. Dinner began with a fresh garden salad featuring a choice of dressings followed by a choice of scrumptious entrees of including filet mignon, New York strip, fresh Atlantic salmon and char-grilled chicken breast. Desserts were a choice of New York cheesecake with strawberry sauce and a sinful chocolate thunder brownie topped with ice cream. Sponsors included Wendy Thompson with Brighton Bank, Ann Bell with Mortgage Investors Group, Christy Stokes with First American Home Warranty, Hal Stanley and Tim Rainey with Stanley and Rainey P.C. and Andy O’Fee of Crump Mortgage. Story and Photos by Bill Bannister

Wendy Thompson and Sean Blankenship

Sissy and Jay Vaughan

Paula Miller and Hal Jaffe

David McLemore and Lori Henry

Barbara Weir and Larry Lemon

Sheri and Russell Haas

Joy and Albert Goodwin

Jim and Alta Simpson

Louis and Vicki Rosenberg

Meribeth LaBarreare and Milleigh Pearson


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s I write this it is Friday the 13th, which is several days past my deadline, which is way past my deadline, and I know a lot of people By Dennis Phillippi who are very superstitious about this day. I have a friend who rearranged her vacation schedule one year specifically to avoid flying on Friday the 13th. Mind you, she also believes that it’s unlucky to wear matching shoes, but that’s not important here. Thirteen has always been my favorite number for some reason, maybe because it’s supposed to be unlucky. I also own a black cat. Generally speaking, I’m not a superstitious person. Okay, that is a huge lie. I have all kinds of superstitions, just not those two. It took years for my wife to stop making fun of me for the salt over the shoulder thing. I have no idea where I got it, but if I even touch salt, even on a potato chip, I unconsciously toss a grain, possibly even an imagined grain, over my left shoulder, even if someone happens to be sitting or standing behind me. I think the original reasoning was that salt was such a precious resource you should remind yourself not to waste it. I’ve also heard that it has something to do with throwing it in the face of the Devil, which I would certainly do, given the opportunity. I mean, he’s the Devil for crying out loud. I also compulsively pick up pennies that are lying face up. If it’s lying face down I won’t come near it, but if Lincoln’s mug is showing it goes in my back pocket. The only reason I can imagine for this habit is I’m kind of an idiot. There are plenty more, mostly coming from my days in theater, and once I started realizing how many of these I have accumulated, I decided to make myself feel better by asking others on social media about their superstitions. I do, in fact, feel better about myself. A lot of the responses were standard things, like carrying a St. Christopher medal when traveling, knocking on wood when being overconfident, never wearing socks to bed because you’ll get worms. So…the first two of those I’ve heard a million times, but the third is when I started to notice that my friends on social media are at least as weird as me. One woman said that she has to have every thing in all of her kitchen drawers in the exact same place every time, including the spatulas

being face down, and if someone else empties the dishwasher and put things in the wrong place she has to reset everything or she can’t sleep. I’m not sure if that's superstition or possibly a condition that can be medically treated.

One friend of mine doesn’t shave on Tiger football off days; he only shaves after the game. Considering how the Tiger’s football team has been in recent years, I think we all encourage him to continue this tradition. A disturbing number of people invoked superstitions that require spitting. One person’s grandfather felt so strongly about the black cat thing that if he encountered one he would take off his hat, spit in it, and wear it backwards. There has to be a superstition related to what to do if you happen to spit in your own hat. Another said that if someone mops or sweeps over your feet you have to spit on the mop or broom head to counter


the bad juju just placed on your feet. I’d like to be around him at closing time in a bar, I’m not sure the staff cleaning up would be all that cool with being spit at. One friend of mine doesn’t shave on Tiger football off days; he only shaves after the game. Considering how the Tiger’s football team has been in recent years, I think we all encourage him to continue this tradition. Not surprisingly, numbers played a big part in people’s superstitions, particularly the mark of the beast. One guy won’t let his fitbit, whatever that is, stop on any number combination that involves 666. Apparently it’s unhealthy. Another said that if his bill is $6.66 or he is given a bill or table that is numbered 13, he will ask for another seat, or ask to buy another item to fix the total, then he apologizes for being mentally ill. That’s not my joke, that’s what he actually does. Another said he has to keep pumping gas until the total amount is divisible by a quarter. I can see being obsessed with round numbers, I’m guilty of that, but not to the point where I pour gas on my feet. I love this one. A woman I know said that she cannot go to bed without showering first, which isn’t that odd, but she has to shower before bed because otherwise she’s certain she will get sick. If she does, heaven forfend, get in bed without showering she will eventually have get up, change the sheets, and take a shower before getting back into bed. She described this condition as “stupid.” I describe it as hygienic. Someone said that she has to have all of her Christmas decorations completely down by midnight on December 31st. That’s not a superstition, that’s a rule. It was put into place so lazy people like me don’t leave our Christmas lights up until June and think well, hey, it’s already halfway to Christmas, I think I’ll just leave them up. There were plenty of gambling superstitions, all of which involved doing something silly when someone else does something different. Gamblers have a lot of superstitions because they’re gamblers. By definition they are already tempting fate. One of my friends said he gets nervous around people who unexpectedly start swinging an ax. This begs the question, are there times in this man’s life when people expectedly start swinging an ax? We all know these things are goofy and pointless and shouldn’t be taken seriously, but nonetheless I won’t be driving today. I mean, it’s Friday the 13th for God’s sake. Oh, and this column always has to come out to exactly 1,000 words or else.

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he American Legion baseball team from Memphis, sponsored by Bill Speros, captured the American Legion World Series title 50 years ago in Manchester, New Hampshire. The close-knit group of players continue to hold reunions to celebrate their glory days. Pictured above, from left to right are: Front row – Al Andre, Bobbie Goodman, Lynn Alford, Paul “Skeeter” Gowen, Richard Daughtery and Mike Dempster. Second row – Coach Bob Camp, Duane Donahoo, Batboy Jack Long, Bob Stolarik, Ron Majkrzak, Jimmy Conn and David Hazelip. Back row – Sponsor Bill Speros, Coach Homer Phillips, Terry Dan, Donnie Castle, Ross Grimsley, Charlie Blanchard, Jim Evans, Farrell Vincent and Coach Tony Gagliano. Photo courtesy of Bob Phillips If you have a past photo you would like to share with RSVP readers, please contact Emily Adams Keplinger at 276-7787 ext. 105 or e-mail the photo and caption to All photos will be returned promptly.

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