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Bodine Bash

Sapphires & Blue Suede Shoes

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger | Photos by Andrea Zucker

The 2018 Bodine Bash was a lively event that took place at the Memphis Grand Carousel Pavilion and Ballroom at the Children’s Museum of Memphis. The fundraiser commemorated the Bodine School’s 45th anniversary and celebrated the organization’s positive impact on numerous children and their families since the school’s founding in 1972.

“Bodine is a nonprofit independent school serving students in grades 1-6 who have been diagnosed with dyslexia,” explained John Murphy, Head of School. “Bodine School’s mission is to lead the Mid-South in teaching students with dyslexia to read and succeed. Bodine students thrive in an excellent, well-rounded elementary school environment with an emphasis on research-based language arts instruction.”

With the theme of Sapphires and Blue Suede Shoes, it was no surprise to see that Elvis was in the building. Actually, it was professional Elvis tribute artist Brian Lee Howell, and he made sure things stayed upbeat and “all shook up,” as attendees enjoyed a dinner on the pavilion catered by A Moveable Feast & Hog Wild Catering Co. Complimentary red and white wine and four unique beer selections were provided by Memphis Filling Station, along with nonalcoholic sodas and bottled water.

Guests made their way through tables laden with one-of-a-kind auction items like sporting event tickets, a beachfront vacation, and Memphis restaurant experiences. People used their mobile phones to place their bids on Bodine’s on-line auction site. Many of the party-goers also kicked up their heels and took a spin on the recently restored 1909 Dentzel Memphis Grand Carousel. Live music by Memphis Soul Remedy closed out the evening.

“This year’s fundraiser was sponsored by FedEx,” said Gretchen Klobucar, Director of Development at Bodine. “Proceeds from this event will enable Bodine School to make enhancements to the excellent elementary school experience that it provides for students with dyslexia. Charitable support helps make the school more accessible to mission-appropriate students across the Mid-South. Bodine School’s transformative programming is an essential educational resource for the Mid-South, as it is estimated that up to 20% of the population displays characteristics of dyslexia.”


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