Because Learning is FUNdamental
Story by Emily Adams Keplinger | Photos by Nicole Robbins
Approximately 400 guests turned out to support the Bodine School at this year’s Bodine Bash. The event, chaired by Debbie and Barry Marshall, was held at Minglewood Hall and included food, fun and both a live and silent auction. The Risky Whiskey Boys crooned tunes while party-goers strolled among the tables showcasing live and silent auctions items.
“We greatly appreciate each donation of an item or service in support of our school,” said John Murphy, Head of School at Bodine. “The proceeds will allow us to provide financial aid for those children, grades 1 - 6, who need our school. Our mission is to lead the Mid-South in teaching children with dyslexia to read and succeed.”
Several silent auction items were school-based, with class parties noted as popular items. Rounds of golf and other recreational activities, such as scuba lessons in a heated pool, were up for bid, too. There seemed to be something for everyone, with restaurant packages, jewelry items, museum memberships, health and beauty gift certificates—even weekend boarding for Fido.
As the silent auction closed, guests made their way to dinner where members of the University of Memphis Pom Pom Squad were stationed as table servers. The menu included beef brisket with carrots, potatoes and asparagus. Murphy took the stage to welcome the crowd and thank sponsors, as well as Bodine staff and administrators, for their support of the evening’s event. Bodine parent and event chair Debbie Marshall shared what the school had meant for her family. Bodine board chair Jill Giles was recognized for her service to Bodine, serving on the board for six years, and chairing it for three years.
Jeff Morris served as auctioneer for the live auction portion of the event. Up for bid were items that offered opportunities to have fun in our own backyard. High bidders came away with an AutoZone Suite with 18 tickets for a Redbirds home game, courtside tickets to cheer for the Memphis Grizzlies, and a Downtown weekend “stay-cation” that included tickets to the Cotton Museum and a private walking tour with local historian Jimmy Ogle. There were also vacation packages to Destin and Heber Springs, as well as a two-day duck hunt in the Mississippi Delta that encouraged a friendly bidding war.
Other items offered unique opportunities for children, such as being named as a Memphis Grizzlies Honorary Ball Kid for a Game or the opportunity to serve as Duck Master for the day, assuming the role of honor in the lobby of The Peabody.
When the bidding was over, everyone felt like a winner for supporting such a worthy cause as the Bodine School. Guests kicked back for the rest of the party, donning headphones preset with channels playing different genres of music, and danced the night away at a Silent Disco Party.