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Red Boa Ball

Benefiting the American Red Cross

Story by Gaye Swan  | Photos by Don Perry 

Glowing shades of scarlet lit up the evening as the American Red Cross hosted its 10th annual Red Boa Ball. From the floodlights on the large trees outside Memphis Botanic Garden to the boas available at every table to the touches of red worn by guests, the organization’s signature color was shining brightly to highlight the critical services it provides to the Mid-South. 

Guests were welcomed to the event by the lively sounds of The Dantones and delicious circulated appetizers from event caterer Coletta’s Italian Restaurant, including pesto chicken in pastry, mini Beef Wellingtons, and spanakopita. Just off the lobby, attendees enjoyed a photo booth with plenty of fun props. The event featured a cocktail reception, seated dinner, dancing, live entertainment, and a live and silent auction. Items for bid included sporting event passes, gift baskets, tasting tours, movie passes, art, jewelry, wine and spirits, hunting apparel, fishing tackle, delicious meals, and so much more. Violinist Donna Wolf serenaded guests as they browsed the selection, chatted, and enjoyed drinks from the bar. 

This year, 100 golden tickets were available for purchase to win a chance to win the coveted Golden Paddle, which gave the lucky winner a $3,000 credit to the auction. A jewelry pull featured a stunning array of gold and silver bracelets from James Gattas Jewelers and Ronaldo Designer Jewelry. Inside Hardin Hall, black tablecloths and chair covers provided an elegant backdrop for red-accented centerpieces, and of course the feathered boas. Dinner included a fresh garden salad, beef tenderloin with a peppercorn demi-glace, stuffed breast of chicken with a sundried tomato cream sauce, potatoes au gratin, roasted asparagus, and for dessert, a decadent turtle cheesecake. 

“The Red Boa Ball is our premier humanitarian fundraising event,” said John H. Brown, American Red Cross Executive Director, Mid-South Chapter. “It brings family and mission together to celebrate and support the work we do to alleviate human suffering through our donors and volunteerism.” The event’s sponsors included the Mid-South Board of Directors, Cigna, James Gattas Jewelers, Lipscomb and Pitts, SSI State Systems, John and KK Gross, Baker Donelson, Aetna, Davies Hood PLLC, and First Horizon. 

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