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Memphis Moments

Camp Conquest Inaugural Gala

Cognac, Cars and Cigars

Grand Krewe of Ptolemy

 

Josephine Circle

Mix-Odyssey

Paws for a Cause


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

 
 

Camp Conquest Inaugural Gala

Making Dreams Come True

Often those living with a disability can limit the opportunity to experience things like the thrill of flying down a zip line, rock climbing, horseback riding, swimming, boating -- any number of things people without disabilities sometimes take for granted. Mark and Amanda Price founded Camp Conquest to make these types of dreams become reality for thousands of young people who otherwise would never have had the chance to have these experiences. In support of the Prices’ mission, more than 200 supporters came together for the inaugural fundraiser for Camp Conquest. The fun evening was held lakeside at the FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms and included delicious food from Hog Wild Catering, an open bar featuring premium wines, champagnes and beers and dancing to the music of Almost Famous. Special guest celebrity emcee for the evening was Action News 5 anchor Joe Birch.

 

 
 

Cognac, Cars and Cigars 

A Night of Luxury at the River

Three elements of luxury are fine cognac, distinctive automobiles and fine cigars. All three things came together for a one-of-a-kind celebration presented by Dr. Phillip Bowden for Cognac, Cars and Cigars. The sold-out event, benefiting Make-A-Wish Midsouth, took place on the banks of the Mississippi at the National Ornamental Metal museum. More than 1500 connoisseurs entered the historic gates of the Metal Museum to immerse themselves in a night of indulgence in the some of the finer things of life. Guests were given premium cigars and special glasses as they viewed a sleek black Lamborghini, along with Ferraris, Mercedes and Lexus coupes from Tim Pomp Auto Broker. Party-goers sampled Camus cognac and Crown Royal, along with BeLeaf Cigars and delicious fare from Laura’s Kitchen, Southern Hands, Your Thyme Catering, Jim and Samella’s and Li’Dora Desserts. Entertainment included fire spinners and dancing under a tent to Devin Steel and Big Sue.

     
 

Grand Krewe of Ptolemy

2019 Coronation

Ptolemy Chairman Joe Gordon greeted the crowd for a night of royal pomp and circumstance as members of the Grand Krewe of Ptolemy and their guests gathered at The University Club of Memphis. The evening was filled with fun and frivolity as Flagman Mark Weber set the tone for the presentation of Bradley Stafford and Natalie Davis as the krewe’s King Soter XIX and Queen Cleo XX, respectively. Their duchesses for this Carnival season were also presented — Kristen Crone, Emmy De Lasho, Hallie Flanagan, Elizabeth Gaia and Leslie Hathcock, as well as Lauren Moore, the krewe’s Princess. The Grand Krewe of Ptolemy, one of the official support groups of Carnival Memphis, follows the mission of “Good friends. Great times. Giving back.” Since Ptolemy’s inception in 2000, this group has helped raise over $1 million for children’s charity and service organizations in the Memphis area.

     
 

Josephine Circle

Toast Our Talent

As members of Josephine Circle and their guests arrived at the Memphis Hilton for the organization’s annual luncheon, they were greeted by beautiful music performed by a string trio from the University of Memphis, featuring Kaleb Brown, Clayton Heinecke and Kailee McGillis. Marsha Cayce and Andrea Weaver co-chaired this year’s event and the program was dedicated to the memory of Sue Taylor, a past president and board member of Josephine Circle. Josephine Circle President Pat Ellis welcomed the crowd and led the Invocation. As guests dined, they were entertained by a performance of Theatre Memphis’ “Ladies and Legends,” directed by Gary Beard, who accompanied Emily Chateau, Annie Freres, Lynden Lewis Jones and Jacquelyn Skoog. A silent auction added to the fundraiser’s proceeds which will be used to support Josephine Circle’s program of providing loans and scholarships for Mid-South students attending two- or four-year colleges.

 

Mix-Odyssey

A Flavor Fest of Cocktail Delights

Lollipops and pineapple tops. Rosemary sprigs and rhubarb. Black currant purée and chilé ancho liqueur. Mixologists representing six local restaurants employed a mélange of ingredients to flavor and garnish cocktails they created for the sixth annual Mix-Odyssey at Memphis Botanic Garden. Individual talents were on full display at drink stations where guests could observe cocktails being freshly prepared and receive samples. The event benefiting Volunteer Odyssey featured a friendly competition among mixologists Stephanie Cook of The Beauty Shop, David Hacking of The Gray Canary, Nick Lumpkin of Sweet Grass, Mitchell Marable of P.O. Press, Lauren Scearce of Hog & Hominy and Ben Williams of Alchemy Memphis. Their participation was sponsored by Bacardi Family Foundation. Guests enjoyed a hearty buffet of hors d’oeuvres prepared by D.Arthur’s Catering. Presenting sponsor was Orion Federal Credit Union. Visit www.volunteerodyssey.com for info on volunteering opportunities. 

 

Paws for a Cause 

Good News: There’s Room at the Inn

Fabiola Francis launched Simply Fabulous Catering little more than a decade ago. As her business prospered Francis embarked on a second calling. She founded an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization whose cause exists to support the needs of local animal rescue groups. During 2018 Francis opened the doors of Unity for Animals, a pet guest house. It provides care for dogs and cats, from the time rescue groups remove them from shelters that practice euthanasia to the time the animals can enter foster care or be adopted. Almost a year later Memphis real estate broker Kendall Haney opened the doors of his South Front Street agency to host Paws for a Cause. He invited clients, including Francis, associates, friends and volunteers to bring donations to help sustain Unity for Animals’ ongoing needs. Guests enjoyed delectables provided by none other than Simply Fabulous Catering. For more information about this nonprofit group, visit www.facebook.com/unitymemphis.