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Page Robbins Winter Gala

“Once Upon a Time”

Story by Bill Bannister  | Photos by Baxter Buck 

Every good fairy tale begins with “Once upon a time,” and the 2019 Page Robbins Winter Gala was an epic storybook affair that brought together nearly 500 guests and supporters at the home of The King. The Guest House at Graceland was transformed into a magical and enchanting wonderland of music, feasting and fun. Katie Kirkpatrick, development and communications director for Page Robbins Adult Day Center said, “This is our largest fundraising event of the year. It’s more like a big family gathering”.

Wine glasses were available for a donation at the entrance which party-goers could then refill with their choice of red or white wine throughout the evening. Another fun feature was the photo booth sponsored by Renasant Bank, where guests could try on an assortment of wacky props for a unique souvenir from the event. Fully stocked bars were open for favorite libations as the well-dressed assembly made their way to the tables of the super-exclusive silent auction to bid on treasures donated by Sissy’s Log Cabin, J. Holloway Fur Company, Folk’s Folly, Ballet Memphis, The Peabody, Café Piazza and Windyke Country Club. 

Father Jeff Marx, Rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, was on hand for the official invocation. A scrumptious feast began at eight o’clock with a “Wicked Apple” and frisee salad, followed by a beef and shellfish double entrée featuring a petit filet with demi-glace and Cajun-style shrimp with spinach and artichoke gnocchi, broccolini and overnight tomato. Dessert came straight from the “Garden of Good and Evil” and was comprised of a Key lime tartlet and a chocolate ganache truffle. The live auction was conducted by Terri Walker of Walker Auctions and included an overnight stay fit for a king from The Guest House at Graceland, an afternoon round-trip flight in a private plane, including lunch at Lambert’s in Sikeston Missouri, from General Aviation, a Happily Ever After white gold and diamond ring from Sissy’s Log Cabin, a four-night best of Prague trip for two including accommodations at the fabulous Four Seasons Hotel, daily breakfast for two and opera tickets. Also up for bid was a bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade Bourbon and an exhilarating one-hour hot air balloon ride from Bluff City Balloons. Dancing into the night started as the Soul Shockers took to the stage to make sure the evening ended happily ever after. 


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