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Big Wig Ball

Letting Their Hair Down for Le Bonheur

Story and Photos by Rebekah Yearout

The Big Wig Ball 2017 at Annesdale Mansion, benefiting Le Bonheur Children’s Research Hospital, was a huge success in a beautiful historical background. With a crowd of about 200 people, the house was set up for three different musicians: Jerred Price as “Almost Elton John” covering, as his name implies, Elton John hits, Charvey Mac playing a solo blues set and outside, DJ Justin Jaggers, who kept the crowd moving playing ‘90s dance favorites that resonated especially with the older crowd.

Guests were immediately offered complimentary valet parking and an umbrella-bearing escort to walk them inside in the light summer rain. In the mansion, light snacks including fajitas were served and paired hors d’oeuvres, such as miniature margaritas and tiny chicken tacos, were served by CFY Catering. A dessert room featuring small cupcakes by Frost Bake Shop was set up for those with a sweet tooth. The event, which was for folks age 21 and older, had several different bars serving cocktails, wine and beer, including one in the VIP lounge. Libations were offered by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Tennessee. Later on, another bar opened up by the dance floor as the crowd got into the music. Also, that’s where the Big Wig Ball awarded the best wig to a woman who only identified herself as “Marie Antoinette.” The ball welcomed attire and wigs of any style and color, and the guests obliged with their eclectic hairdos—one attendee was “wigged out” to look just like President Donald Trump, while others wore wilder, colorful, streaked perukes.

David Henson with marketing and public relations at Le Bonheur Hospital said the event raised about $50,000 for the children’s facility.  

Annesdale Mansion, a 9,000 square-foot, two-story 1850s antebellum home on Lamar Avenue at Central, is surrounded by more than seven acres of gardens and landscaped lawn. The spiral staircase and grand parlor offered plenty of space for the party, and the tall ceilings accommodated nearly every hairstyle that graced the ball.

The presenting sponsor of the Big Wig Ball was Independent Bank. Platinum Blonde Wig Sponsors were FedEx and Ring Container Technologies; the Silver Wig Sponsor was Dr. Caley and Mr. Joshua Spotts; the Bronze Wig Sponsor were the Glassman and Stimac Families; Gray Wig Sponsors were Compassion In Action, International Paper, Kendra Scott (who also raised money for Le Bonheur earlier this month at the Shops of Saddle Creek in Germantown), Life Strategies Counseling Inc. and Mark A. Lambert of Morgan & Morgan. Personal Sponsors were Fleming Architects, Kevin Baltier of Edward Jones and Solo Landscape. In-kind sponsors included Annesdale Events, Babalu, Choose901, Colonial Country Club, DJ Justin Jaggers and Deep Blu Entertainment, Frost Bake Shop, Jack Pirtle’s Chicken and Southern Glazer’s.

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