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Memphis Moments

Blue Pump Gala

Cognac, Cigars & Cars

Les Passees Cabaret

Rock the Ribbon

A Taste of CBHS

Think Pink


Stories and Photos by Bill Bannister, Virginia M. Davis, Emily Adams Keplinger and Gaye Swan.

 
 

Blue Pump Gala

Women in Transportation Majors at the University of Memphis

The Southeast Transportation Workforce Center hosted the fifth annual Blue Pump Gala at the Memphis Hilton. The evening combined a fun networking reception followed by an awards ceremony. “Everyone wears their best blue shoes in support of women pursuing post-secondary degrees in transportation majors at the University of Memphis,” said Meredith Powers, Associate Director of the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center. Guests mingled and chatted as they enjoyed the sounds of the Will Lange Trio during the reception. A heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet featured a variety of cheese and fruit, and the main course station offered delicious beef and chicken dishes. Southeast Transportation Workforce Center Director Dr. Stephanie Ivey welcomed partygoers and presented the evening’s awards, including those to Robin Colwell, named Industry Professional of the Year by the Society of Female Transportation Professionals, and Sean Healy, who won the individual Friend of the SETWC – Moving the Needle Award. 

 

 
 

Cognac, Cars and Cigars 

Making Wishes Come True

A mellow mood suffused the Cognac, Cars and Cigars presented by Make-A-Wish Mid-South. Those who bought tickets and provided sponsorships knew that proceeds were to help youngsters diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions realize their sweetest desires during coming months.  Guests sipped Martell Cognac as they strolled the Pink Palace Museum grounds, socialized and sampled dishes prepared and served by local restaurants and caterers. Fragrant smoke from cigars handed out by BeLeaf Cigar Co. wafted as singers Guordan Banks, Devin Crutcher and Keia Johnson entertained. A bevy of snazzy vehicles was on display, courtesy of Steve Jones Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Bumpus Harley-Davidson of Memphis, Collections by T. Dish, Enfield’s Detail, GGI Janitorial Inc., King Status, Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals, Metro PCS, Mid-South Gastroenterology Group, Preferred Title & Escrow, Reaves Law Firm and The Chiro Place contributed sponsorship support.

     
 

Les Passees Cabaret

A Venetian Masquerade

Party-goers in festive masks enjoyed a beautiful Venetian Masquerade Ball at Memphis Botanic Garden to benefit Les Passees. Now in its 97th year, the Les Passees Cabaret featured a silent auction with items ranging from gift baskets to diamonds. Guests sipped wine and nibbled on hors d’oeuvres as they mingled and bid on items. Elegantly decorated in black and gold, with Venetian masks and small candelabras as table centerpieces, the dining room evoked the intrigue of a masquerade ball. The sit-down dinner was catered by A Moveable Feast, and Jamie Baker and the VIPs provided entertainment. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of Living Ads, high school seniors chosen to represent corporate sponsors. The 2018 Living Ads were Kelsey Douglas, Katelyn Elmore, Kaitlyn Keppen, Regan Lee and Anne Elizabeth Matheny. Les Passees’ mission is to provide advocacy and support to enhance the quality of life for children and their families.

     
 

Rock the Ribbon

Benefiting Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi

Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi invited guests to “Rock the Ribbon” at its 7th annual dance party fundraiser. Guests dressed to “get their groove on” danced to the lively sounds of G3: The Garry Goin Group. The Great Hall in Germantown was festively decorated with twinkling flower lights set off by black tablecloths. The evening included a silent auction, photo booth, beer and wine, and delicious food provided by Bonefish Grill, Donut Hutt, Huey’s, IPOP Gourmet Popcorn, Marco’s Pizza, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Nothing Bundt Cakes and One & Only BBQ. “This event is a fun way to raise money and awareness,” said Elaine Hare, CEO of Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi. “We will raise over $50,000, 75 percent goes to community grant programs to provide the best healthcare possible for uninsured and under-insured women and 25 percent of the proceeds supports cutting-edge research.”

 

A Taste of CBHS

Feast for the Fine Arts

Twenty-eight of the our city’s finest eateries came together at Heffernan Hall at Christian Brothers High School for one the biggest food event of the year. A Taste of CBHS brought out famous names like Huey’s, Blues City Café, The Butcher Shop, The Half Shell, Soul Fish Café, The Grove Grill, Coletta’s, Automatic Slim’s, Bangkok Alley, Corky’s, Ubee’s and The Dirty Crow Inn. Guests dined on everything from steak and chicken to seafood, Cuban sliders, salads, pizza and everything in between to the sounds of music from the Frank Grisanti Performance Café. Additionally, Brothers of Faith, Walnut Groove and Amro Music serenaded diners as they filled their plates with mouth-watering goodies and fine libations from Old Dominick Distillery, Tennessee Good Life Wines and Spirits, Wiseacre Brewery and Buster’s Liquors. CBHS art students contributed a variety of ceramic pieces, which guests could take home and the Linkous Silent Auction offered many other treasures.

 

Think Pink

10th Annual Luncheon

Approximately 300 guests gathered at the Holiday Inn - University of Memphis for the 2018 Think Pink Memphis Luncheon, Fashion Show & Auction. The event was the 10th annual fundraiser presented by Zeta Tau Alpha Memphis area alumnae to benefit breast cancer education and awareness and to celebrate local breast cancer survivors. Karen Perrin, of 104.5 The River, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. The luncheon included a fashion show with models, all breast cancer survivors, wearing ensembles from local boutiques. This year’s keynote speaker was breast cancer survivor Geralyn Lucas, who served as ABC editorial producer at the ABC News newsmagazine 20/20 and as the executive director of public affairs/programming at the Lifetime Television cable network. She is also the author of two books about her cancer experience. At the end of the event, breast cancer survivors were honored with a “Survivors’ Parade” around the room.