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Memphis Moments

Association for Women Attorneys

Babcock Gifts

Caritas Village

 

Hops for Homes

Soup Sunday

Wine for Wishes


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

 
 

Association for Women Attorneys

39th Annual Banquet

The Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) held its 39th annual banquet upstairs at 409 S. Main. The delightful space was decorated with twinkling lights draped from the ceiling, and lovely floral arrangements set off elegant gold and black table settings. Attorneys from the Mid-South and their guests enjoyed mingling and chatting at the cocktail reception. Entertainment was provided by David Pool and Jimmy Smith of the Risky Whiskey Boys. The reception was followed by a seated dinner catered by Wade & Company. This year’s event honored Jocelyn Wurzburg, Memphis’ first professional mediator, AWA’s 30th recipient of the Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award for outstanding achievement in the legal profession. The 2019 AWA Board was inducted, with outgoing president Eileen Kuo passing the gavel to Laura Deakins. The evening’s program included the awarding of scholarships to deserving students of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

 

 
 

Babcock Gifts 

Supporting Thistle & Bee

Babcock Gifts, in Laurelwood Shopping Center, recently hosted an event to honor and highlight Thistle & Bee. The nonprofit organization is part of nation-wide network of sister organizations inspired by Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN. The local Thistle & Bee serves victims of human trafficking in Shelby County and the surrounding area. “Thistle & Bee is a social enterprise to help women who have survived prostitution and trafficking, to thrive.” explained Eyleen Farmer, founder of Thistle & Bee. “Through a residential program (slated to open May 1), and a social enterprise built around the manufacture and sale of honey-sweetened granola and products made from honey, survivors experience healing as they gain skills and experience needed to rebuild their lives.” All proceeds from sales of Thistle & Bee products at Babcock Gifts go directly to support the nonprofit. The event was hosted by Brooks Terry and Clay Woemmel, Katherine and Stephen Bush, Lucia and Hal Crenshaw, Robbie and John McQuiston, Jane and Charles Slatery, and Morgan and Wil Slatery. 

     
 

Caritas Village

Harvest Gala Fundraiser

Guests mingled while sipping on Caritas-inspired cocktails, as Caritas Village hosted its inaugural Harvest Gala fundraiser. As the evening started, party-goers toured the recently reopened facility while listening to local musicians Laramie Wels, Dillon Wheeler and Ben Banti and watching Caritas’ artist-in-residence Jamond Bullock paint. Following the cocktail hour, the evening continued with a signature dinner along with wine pairings by Mac Edwards, executive director of Caritas Village. The meal was done in collaboration with other local chefs Faye de las Flores, David Krog and Melissa Petersen. Bonner Scholars from Rhodes College volunteered as servers for the evening. In addition to proceeds from ticket sales, the event also included an art auction with works by local artists that added to the evening’s coffers, with all proceeds going to support Caritas Village.

     
 

Hops for Homes

Night at the Brewery

Crosstown Brewing Co.’s taproom was the setting for Hops for Homes: Night at the Brewery, held to benefit United Housing Inc. Guests’ choice of beers on tap was Welcome Home Ale, a new brew specially crafted for the occasion. United Housing Inc. (UHI) works to provide quality housing opportunities to Mid-South residents through financial education, mortgage lending, home building and renovation and creative partnerships with public, private and non-profit entities. Since 1994, the non-profit agency has helped nearly 10,000 families. During recent months more than 800 families have completed UHI’s homebuyer education program and 267 have become new homeowners. Proceeds from Night at the Brewery will help further a UHI post-purchase workshop series that helps clients understand how to move forward after becoming a homeowner. Crosstown Brewing will donate a portion of earnings from sales of Welcome Home Ale to UHI. First Tennessee Bank was presenting sponsor, Raymond James was corporate sponsor.

 

Soup Sunday 

Youth Villages Annual Fundraiser

Soup Sunday 2019 drew thousands of people to the FedExForum for the 30th annual event for Youth Villages. The Memphis nonprofit organization was founded in 1986 and helps children and families live successfully by providing a variety of services and resources. Since 1990, Soup Sunday has grown to be the organization’s largest annual fundraiser. Coach Penny Hardaway rang the bell with Youth Villages CEO Pat Lawler to kick off Soup Sunday 2019. Chef Michael Patrick was the recipient of the 2019 Warr-Sumrall Spirit of Service Award and Thomas E. Cassidy III was recognized for his 30+ years of volunteer service. The Memphis Doctors Dance Band, as well as duo Pam & Terry, provided a musical backdrop as Soup Sunday guests enjoyed tastings of soups, breads and desserts from more than 30 local restaurants. Magic Mr. Nick, an Oreo stacking contest and face painting kept the younger set happily engaged.

 

Wine for Wishes

Fun Filled Wine Tasting Benefits Make-A-Wish

The Cadre Building’s gold embellished columns and vaulted ceilings created an elegant backdrop for the ninth annual Wine for Wishes. Hosted by Make-A-Wish Mid-South’s Associate Board, the premiere young professional wine tasting event featured live music from the ever-popular Charvey Mac and entertainment from QCG Productions, including an aerialist, a stilt walker, and a contortionist. The sold-out crowd sampled wines donated by Buster’s Liquors & Wines as they bid on over 140 items in the silent auction. The wine pull was a big attraction, as was the diamond pull – glasses of champagne with a cubic zirconium in all but one, which contained a real diamond. A carnival-themed, heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet, provided by Iris Catering, Etc., US Foods, and Staks Pancake Kitchen, offered treats such as caramel popcorn, toasted mushroom ravioli, mini corndogs, and smoked salmon mousse. Proceeds from the event go to making the wishes of critically ill children come true.