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Bodine Bash

Run for the Roses

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger  | Photos by Don Perry

The 2020 Bodine Bash took place at the Memphis Grand Carousel Pavilion and Ballroom at the Children’s Museum of Memphis. The event was a  fundraiser celebrating the organization’s positive impact on numerous children and their families since the school’s founding in 1972.

With the theme of “Run for the Roses,” guests dressed in their “Derby best” with many women accentuating their outfits with broad-brimmed hats or fascinators. A large statue of a horse bedecked with a rose garland stood in the entry to the pavilion, as if waiting for guests to stop for a photo op. Many of the party-goers got into a race of their own as they selected their steeds and took a spin on the 1909 Dentzel Memphis Grand Carousel. Craft beer selections were provided by Memphis Filling Station (voted Best Brewery at the 2020 Pink Palace Science of Beer event), along with nonalcoholic sodas and bottled water. The signature cocktails were Kentucky Tea-Juleps (made with Four Roses Bourbon, mint simple syrup and a mixture of half sweet and half unsweetened tea), and Sprinting Spritzers (made from Ketel One Grapefruit and Rose Vodka, rose puree and grapefruit-flavored sparkling water). Both concoctions were right on the money! 

Guests made their way through tables laden with one-of-a-kind auction items in categories like sporting event tickets, arts & photography, entertainment & travel, personal pampering items, purses, jewelry, tots & teens, home & garden and Memphis restaurant experiences. People used their mobile phones to place their bids on Bodine’s on-line auction site.

Attendees enjoyed a dinner on the pavilion catered by A Moveable Feast & Hog Wild Catering Co. Continuing the evening’s theme, blue prize ribbons decorated each place setting and centerpieces featured red roses and silver horseshoes. Trumpeter Will Palladino played the official “Call to the Post” at the start of the live auction. And a Silent Disco closed out the evening. This year’s fundraiser, chaired by Jason and Joanna Landrum and Lewis and Emilie Unglesby, was sponsored by FedEx as the lead presenter. Auctioneer was 97.7 Guess FM radio personality Steve Conley.

“For the third year in a row, ours was a sold out event,” said Gretchen Klobucar, Director of Institutional Advancement at Bodine. “Funds from this event will enable Bodine School to make enhancements to the excellent elementary school experience that it provides for students with dyslexia.” 


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