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Big Wig Ball

Benefiting Le Bonheur

Story by Gaye Swan  | Photos by Don Perry 

The annual Big Wig Ball to benefit Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital was a hair-raising success. Guests added a special touch to their cocktail attire -- wigs of all sizes, styles, and hues. Wearing everything from sleek green bobs to long blue braids, short black spikes to piled-high white curls, rainbow poufs to wild orange ponytails, attendees embraced the theme with fervor. Annesdale Mansion, a 1850s Italianate villa located in the heart of Midtown, provided a charming historic backdrop for the event. The beautiful sparkle of chandeliers lit the way as bewigged partygoers wandered throughout the elegant rooms and grounds, enjoying delicious food and drinks, live entertainment, and lively conversation.

CFY Catering provided tempting food stations offering shrimp and grits with a Creole tomato glaze, a barbecue nacho bar featuring Ghost River cheddar fondue, and hot brown macaroni and cheese. Appetizers of miniature chicken tacos with margarita shooters, bacon-wrapped dates with bleu cheese, and chicken sliders with tomato jam were also circulated through the crowd. For a sweet treat, Frost Bake Shop supplied delectable strawberry, lemon, and red velvet mini-cupcakes. Beautiful floral arrangements, provided by Deedra Stone Designs, graced the small candle-lit tables located throughout the rooms and outdoor patio. Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits donated all the wine and liquor and Memphis Bar Ties supplied the friendly bartenders. 

Live music filled the mansion both inside and out. On the first floor, Jerred Price as Almost Elton John provided song stylings that would make Sir Elton proud. A stunning spiral staircase led to the second floor where Charvey Mac strummed the blues while seated within an antique bedframe. Outside on the patio and dance floor, DJ Justin Jaggers kept a crowd entertained. Attendees venturing outdoors also enjoyed the fun Amurica Photobooth set up on the lovely well-kept grounds.

“The Big Wig Ball is a great way to raise awareness for Le Bonheur and for guests to have hair-raising fun!” said Keri Chapman, the 2018 event chair. “This is our 10th year, and it just gets better every year.”

Recognized as a leader in pediatric medicine, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital strives to provide the highest possible level of care for children through exceptional pediatrics, family-centered care, and state-of-the-art facilities designed specifically for their young patients.

Independent Bank was the presenting sponsor for the event. Other sponsors included Ring Container Technologies; Nike; White Door; Glassman, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox, P.C.; nexAir; International Paper; McCabe Construction Company; and Solo Landscape. 

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