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Cirque du CMOM 2019

What Goes Around Comes Around

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger | Photos by Don Perry 

Since 1992, The Children’s Museum of Memphis has been hosting an annual Cirque du CMOM fundraiser. The party for 2019, sponsored by iBERIABANK, brought it all home with the theme “What Goes Round Comes Around,” showcasing themes from the past in different parts of the museum.

“This year we wanted to honor all of the past chairmen, so we brought back their themes,” explained Bridgette Speake, Chairman of the CMOM Board. “As guests strolled through the museum, they encountered themes like our Pop, Rock & Roll, Saddle up! Deep in the Heart of Memphis, Havana Nights and more.”

The Viva! Las Vegas! area came complete with casino games of Black Jack and Roulette. Another game of chance offered a one-week stay at a beach house, all for the price of a $50 donation per entry.

Local chefs set up stations throughout the museum to offer guests their choice of fare. Tom’s Tiny Kitchen served a variety of cheese dips on Tostitos, as well as their famous pimento cheese on crackers. The Half Shell offered its famed lobster and shrimp bruschetta and Capital Grille had the crowd lined up for lamb lollipops served with mashed potatoes. Sweets were aplenty with white chocolate drizzled sugar cookies from A’s Dessert Bar, Patty Cakes’ mini-cupcakes, candied pecans from Black-Eyed Susan, and crispy rice treats made with brown butter and sea salt from Muddy’s. Chef Kelly English was on hand with his bread pudding, made from a recipe of his beloved grandmother. Mempops served frozen treats in flavors of strawberry lemonade, fudge and cinnamon roll. And, in keeping with the casino area’s theme, Chef Phillip Ashley Rix had bite-sized chocolates shaped like dice in an assortment of flavors. 

Phancy Photo Booth helped party-goers capture the moment with an assortment of zany props, while Kendra Scott showcased jewelry for sale, with 20 percent of the proceeds going back to support the Children’s Museum.

Guests with passes to the VIP Lounge enjoyed the music of keyboardist Brennan Villines and Nashville’s Universal Crush band keep things lively on the dance floor in the Malco Theater room. Event painter Stacey Ferguson showed off her artistic skills as she did a live-action painting featuring a scene of the Mississippi River and the Hernando de Soto Bridge. At the end of the night, her finished painting was auctioned to the highest bidder. All proceeds from the event will support the educational programs and exhibits at The Children’s Museum of Memphis. 


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