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Memphis Moments

Art Bash

Camo & Cocktails

Josephine Circle

 

Mission of Mercy

Southern Junkers Vintage Market

Whet Thursday


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

 
 

Art Dash

Ready, Set, Gogh

As the annual Art Dash fundraiser took place at the Crosstown Concourse, for the price of a ticket attendees were guaranteed a piece of art. There were more than 150 pieces of original art up for grabs — literally. In a fast-paced and fun twist on an art auction, when ticket numbers were chosen at random and called out to the crowd, the ticket holder had just seconds to “dash” to the stage to select the artwork they liked best. Dr. Thomas Ratliff was the Sustaining Sponsor for this event which also included a silent auction, food and beverages. Additional Presenting Sponsors were Dr. Shawn Hayden and Conner Paris, Juan Fuentes and Robert Thompson, Dr. Aimee Christian and Dr. Ben Wheeler. Proceeds from the event benefited Friends for Life, a non-profit organization that has been preventing the spread of HIV, as well as helping those affected by HIV/AIDS live well.

 

 
 

Camo & Cocktails

Conservation Through Art

As cooler temperatures ushered in the fall season, guests made their way along the secluded entry drive to Foxfield, the “cabin in the woods” of Michelle and Bill Dunavant. The occasion was the annual Camo & Cocktails event, which served as a fundraiser for both ArtsMemphis and Ducks Unlimited and honored John Dobbs, Jr. Roaring bonfires added to the evening’s ambience as a crowd of more than 300 people made their way around the lakeside setting to view live demonstrations by artisans from the Metal Museum, woodturner Dennis Paullus, and artist Jamond Bullock who did a live painting that was auctioned off later in the evening. The party included specialty cocktails crafted by Old Dominick Distillery and music by Bryan Hayes and the Retrievers. Simply Delicious/Corky’s provided a family-style dinner. A live auction offered trips to St. Thomas, Costa Rica and Argentina, as well as a Little Red River weekend fishing trip, and a duck hunt from Local Seed Co.

     
 

Josephine Circle

Presidents’ Day Luncheon

Members of Josephine Circle gathered at Chickasaw Country Club for their annual Presidents’ Day Luncheon. The event began with a report from this year’s president, Pat Ellis, followed by a report from Fundraising Chairman Andrea Weaver. All of the organization’s past presidents in attendance were recognized, as well as Sue Taylor, who was honored posthumously. The luncheon also included a fashion show by Betty Hays Clothing Boutique, featuring the latest in fall fashions. Additionally, plans were announced for the organization’s annual fundraiser, to be held in April 2019. The event is being touted as an entertainment extravaganza, a celebration of what Josephine Circle does for the local community, with the theme, “Toast our Talent Gala.” Proceeds from the event will support the organization’s loans and scholarships program for college students from the Mid-South.

     
 

Mission of Mercy

Inaugural Fundraiser

Over 250 guests attended the inaugural fundraising gala of Memphis Mission of Mercy, a nonprofit agency that organizes surgical missions to rural parts of the Philippines. Held at the Holiday Inn - University of Memphis, the event included a silent auction, dinner and live music by the Bill Hurd Quartet. Joe Birch of WMC Action News 5 was the evening’s emcee. The featured keynote speaker was Gary Shorb, executive director of The Urban Child Institute and former CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. Proceeds from the event will help fund the construction of a standalone surgical hospital in the Philippines. The hospital will be open for rotating surgical teams of various specialties, and University of Tennessee Health Science Center residents and students will have the opportunity to complete volunteer missions at the hospital during their studies. Groundbreaking on the five-acre hospital site is scheduled for the fall of 2018 and the hospital is set to open in 2021.

 

Southern Junkers Vintage Market

Antiques and Cool Junk

Thousands of eager shoppers came to the Agricenter to shop the wares at the Southern Junkers Vintage Market. With the nostalgic nature of the market, vendors offered items that tugged at customers’ heartstrings and purse strings. Founded by Ruth Barnes in 2012, the Southern Junkers Market is all about items with vintage appeal. Based on displays by participating vendors, the Farmhouse Chic style is still going strong. Repurposed architectural items, up-styled home decor items, and collectibles sparked curiosity and creativity among shoppers. And reminiscent of “Antiques Roadshow,” WKNO appraisers Deborah Pollard and Chip Barton were on hand to help determine the value of items brought in by attendees. “Vendors and shoppers alike helped preserve the history of the found treasures presented at our market,” said Barnes. The next Southern Junkers Market will be held at the Agricenter April 12-13, 2019.

 

Whet Thursday

End of Summer Luau

Guests who braved the heat for the Metal Museum Whet Thursday event were rewarded with cool breezes from the river, and a spectacular sunset view. The luau theme was carried out with leis, a Tiki bar and Hawaiian yard games. The family friendly gathering featured a pewter casting activity for kids and a gallery talk by Exhibitions Manager Nancy Cook on the soon-to-end Venetia Dale exhibit. Attendees sampled delicious fare from Stick ‘Em Food Truck to the sounds of local surf rock band Impala. Members of the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals were on hand to mingle and discuss the group’s aims and mission. “Whet Thursday is an outreach event for the community, held the first Thursday of the month from April to October,” said Marketing Coordinator Kim Ward. “The building is open for our fine arts exhibitions, and guests always enjoy the grounds.”