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FedExFamilyHouse Gala

Celebrating Home and Hospitality

Story by Bill Bannister  | Photos by Baxter Buck 

More than 730 guests gathered at The Peabody for one of the year’s biggest fundraisers, the FedExFamilyHouse Gala. A cocktail reception and silent auction began the evening’s festivities. Items up for bids included an iMac desktop computer, a Williams Sonoma cooking class at Whole Foods, a membership package at Windyke Country Club, Manolo Blahnik signed art and shoes, memorabilia signed by Mick Fleetwood, and a FedEx Boeing 777 model airplane. Dinner was held in the Grand Ballroom with Honorary Chairs Cristina and Marc Gasol and celebrity guest Drew Brees delivering the opening remarks. 

A fresh salad of romaine with avocado and hearts of palm got things started, followed by petite filet mignon with port wine sauce and dill crusted filet of salmon on creamy mushroom risotto served with grilled fresh asparagus and a rich beurre blanc. Dessert was a chocolate lover’s dream featuring chocolate mousse, flourless chocolate cake and a bittersweet chocolate tart. Other sweet delights included southern pecan pie, red velvet cake and key lime pie.

After dinner, bidding began in the live auction with items including a Caesars Palace Las Vegas VIP experience with limo and dinner, a New Orleans Saints getaway for four, complete with hotel and Saints memorabilia, and a seven-night family vacation on the famous 30A in Santa Rosa Beach Florida. Other one-of-a-kind treasures included a Longboat Key weekend getaway for six guests, a trip to New York City for the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, complete with accommodations at the Ritz Carlton, a delicious dinner for 10 at the home of Susan and Alan Graf, and a Justin Timberlake concert experience at the FedExForum.

After the live auction, guests continued to show their support by purchasing “Light Up The House” keepsake necklaces. With the night still young, partygoers hit the dance floor and grooved to the music of Memphis Soul Revue. Then guests moved to the Continental Ballroom for late night music and dancing with DJ Spice Girl Janet Wilson. 

FedExFamilyHouse opened its doors in December 2010 and is the first home of its kind for families at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. This unique institution has served over 40,000 family members from around the world and they continue to provide free, comfortable accommodations to out-of-town families of patients at Le Bonheur. 

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