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Letter from the editor | March 2019

Emily Adams Keplinger

 

It feels like we’ve been flirting with Spring since the early days of February when our temperatures warmed into the 70s. However, this is the month when Spring officially arrives, on March 20 to be exact. As our forecast calls for sunshine more often than not, we can finally feel like we are getting out from under the heavy gray skies that made us want to hibernate indoors.

Several nonprofit organizations are launching their fundraising endeavors by hosting colorful events designed to lift you out of the doldrums and spark your imagination. On March 2, Cirque du CMOM is sure to put folks in a festive mood. This year’s theme is “What Goes Round, Comes Round” and plays nicely to the restored 1909 Dentzel Memphis Grand Carousel that has gone from being a hidden gem to being the centerpiece of a perfectly magical environment. The event is the largest annual fundraiser benefiting the CMOM and supports the museum’s programming, sponsorships and more.

On March 2, take a dip into a car-lovers fantasy at the fourth annual Cognac, Cars & Cigars event, held on the grounds of the Metal Museum. Enjoy a cigar and cognac tasting event while admiring some of the hottest cars on the market. There will also be live music by local performers and food from local restaurants. Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Mid-South.

In the time-honored tradition of Mardi Gras celebrations, Alpha and Omega Veterans Services (AOVS) is hosting a Military Masquerade Ball at the Memphis Botanic Garden. On March 9, guests are encouraged to wear masks with either their military uniforms or black tie attire as they “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler.” All proceeds will benefit for AOVS, a nonprofit organization that helps homeless and disabled military veterans.

Carnival Memphis continues its theme of “The Party with a Purpose” as various krewes hold their coronations and Ptah’s Black Tie and Tennis Shoes takes place on Mar. 30 at the Shrine Temple. This annual event features fun contests, including a tennis shoe decorating contest, and members of Carnival Memphis’ Grand Krewes perform entertaining skits. A percentage of the evening’s proceeds will be used to support the Carnival Memphis Children’s Charity Initiative. The 2019 Children’s Charities are Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc., Palmer Home for Children and Porter-Leath.

Also on March 30, the American Cancer Society (ACS) hosts its Imagine Ball at the Children’s Museum of Memphis. The evening’s proceeds will be used to support Harrah’s Hope Lodge, the ACS’ home away from home for cancer patients who travel to Memphis to undergo treatment.

There are lots of events to choose from that allow you to show your support for our community, so pull out your calendar and SPRING into action.