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Bodine Bash

Let the Good Times Roll

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger | Photos by Baxter Buck

The 2019 Bodine Bash was a lively event that took place at the Grand Carousel Pavilion of the Children’s Museum of Memphis. Chaired by Kirby and Windy May, along with Lewis and Emilie Unglesby, the fundraiser commemorated the Bodine School’s 46th anniversary and celebrated the organization’s positive impact on numerous children and their families since the school’s founding in 1972. Bodine School’s mission is to lead the Mid-South in teaching students with dyslexia to read and succeed.

“Charitable support helps make our school more accessible to mission-appropriate students across the Mid-South,” said Gretchen Klobucar, Director of Institutional Advancement at Bodine. “Our 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.”

With the theme of “Let the Good Times Roll,” the lively spirit of Mardi Gras set the tone for the night and Memphis Second Line Jazz Band brought their brand of music to the event. A program outlining the history of the Second Line, as well as handkerchiefs sporting the event’s logo, encouraged party-goers to participate in several Second Line processions led by the band throughout the evening. 

Guests also made their way around the pavilion to enjoy a dinner catered by A Moveable Feast & Hog Wild Catering Co. Guests had their choice of red and white wine, as well as craft beer selections, nonalcoholic sodas and bottled water. Bacardi provided rum for a signature Hurricane cocktail.

The event’s live auction, led by well-known broadcast media personality Steve Conley, offered opportunities to be the head of Bodine School for a day, or the Honorary Duckmaster at The Peabody. There were also tickets to sporting events to support the Memphis Redbirds, the Memphis Grizzlies, and the University of Memphis Tigers football and basketball teams.  Road trips included a get-away to New Orleans for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus New Orleans Saints game, and tickets to an LSU game in Baton Rouge. A FedEx flight simulator package, tickets to entertainment at the FedExForum, and Memphis restaurant experiences saw their fair share of bidding, too. Before the evening came to a close, many of the party-goers kicked up their heels and took a spin on the recently restored 1909 Dentzel Memphis Grand Carousel.

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