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Cirque du CMOM

An Event to Remember

Story and photos by Rebekah Yearout

The annual Cirque du CMOM fundraiser, this year titled “Over the Top Under the Big Top” presented by IBERIABANK, was a true gala. The highlight of the party was the restored the 1909 Dentzel Memphis Grand Carousel providing beauty, light and wonder for the lovely event benefiting the Children’s Museum of Memphis. Cirque du CMOM is the largest fundraiser in the museum’s 21-year history.

The Carousel, which had been in storage in Ohio, was renovated after two years as CMOM built a brand-new carousel pavilion, was where the heart of the party happened. With food, libations, music and entertainment, the first Cirque du CMOM in the Carousel Pavilion was one to remember. High Expectations, a Memphis-based aerial artists group, performed back-bending moves in each room during the gala. Every quarter-hour, guests could ride the carousel, which just recently opened to the public. Rhythm Nation Band performed on the main stage from 7 to 10 p.m., with band members getting out into the crowd and bringing guests onto the dance floor. A Late Night DJ provided music from 10 p.m. until midnight in the Malco Theater area of the museum. A silent disco provided attendees with glow-in-the-dark earphones and an opportunity to show off their best disco moves.

Additionally, guests had the option to participate in a karaoke event. A Kendra Scott Jewelry pull was held, which for a donation of $50, gala attendees could vie for a chance to win a beautiful piece of jewelry. Local restaurants Amerigo Italian Restaurant, Bangkok Alley, Offsite Kitchen Catering, The Half Shell, Muddy’s Bake Shop, Babalu Tacos & Tapas, Paradox Catering & Consulting, Zaka Bowl, South of Beale, The Capital Grille, Café Society, Railgarten, Iris Etc. Catering, Gibson’s Donuts, Tin Roof Memphis, Judy Pound Cakes, Tom’s Tiny Kitchen, Hog Wild & A Moveable Feast, Phillip Ashley Chocolates and The Grove Grill provided delicious food and snacks and were set up throughout the venue, including surrounding the gorgeously renovated carousel.

Thanks to the support of numerous sponsors, the evening was one of successful fundraising, a historical event where the Memphis Grand Carousel was once again presented to the public in all its glory. 

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