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Get Down, Save Lives

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger  | Photos by Don Perry

More than 900 attendees turned out to support the 2018 ONE Night Gala. The “see and be seen” event was held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, with Holly Craft and Madelyn Gray co-chairing this fundraiser to benefit the Regional One Health Foundation.

After a video presentation about Regional One Health, Dr. Reginald Coopwood, President and CEO of Regional One Health said, “You saw it. We do the tough stuff. Our Health System cares for some of the most traumatic and challenging cases, often with the highest profile and highest risk. We’re the only Level 1 Trauma Center, the only verified Burn Center, the designated Perinatal Center for the Mid-South, and one of the oldest Newborn Intensive Care programs in the country. This year we’re celebrating the 50th birthday of our NICU.” A second video was shown, featuring patient Max Courtney, son of Bill and Lisa Courtney. Max’s family retold the emotional experience of almost losing him and how his life was saved. After the video, Max’s sister, Molly Courtney, took the stage to recognize Dr. Louis Magnotti and Dr. Jerry Jones. 

The ONE Night dinner menu included a first course salad of grilled green tomatoes and jerk shrimp with corn relish and cilantro pesto. The second course featured a classic filet atop wild mushrooms in a pool of saffron sauce with Boursin au gratin potatoes, broccoli, carrots and red peppers finished with a demi-glace. Dessert was a chocolate lava cake with whipped cream and a berry sauce. The dinner sponsor was Revere Meat Co.

Michael Detroit led the pledge portion of the program. Donation cards were collected from attendees and guests added to the evening’s coffers by bidding on a guitar and albums autographed by Kenny Loggins. 

After dinner, ONE Night invited guests to be “Footloose” and enter the “Danger Zone” as Kenny Loggins performed his chart-topping hits. After Loggins, The Bar-Kays performed until the evening wrapped up around midnight. 

The event was hosted by Regional One Health Foundation and was presented by Signature Sponsors the Arney/Scheidt Family Foundation, FedEx, Radians, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and Provident. Entertainment was provided in part by Southeastern Asset Management and SunTrust. The proceeds from the gala will be used to purchase state-of-the-art medical technology, provide advanced medical training for caregivers, and initiate programs to combat community health issues. 

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