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Sparkling Nights 2018

Supporting SRVS

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger  | Photos by Don Perry 

SRVS hosted its signature fundraiser at the Memphis Hilton. The 20th annual event, “Sparkling Nights,” was a benefit for SRVS services for people with disabilities. Presenting sponsors were Sedgwick and Wanda and John Barzizza. Dr. Jerilyn Hayward served as honorary chairman of the event. 

Silver coin-shaped confetti and other festive décor made a sparkling entrance to hotel’s Grand Ballroom. A colorful display of wine glasses, hand-painted by individuals supported by SRVS, were available for purchase. Additionally, the gala’s fundraising efforts included a new take on a wine pull. The Lucky Ducky Wine Regatta, a galvanized tub filled with water and a paddling of miniature rubber duckies, offered guests their pick of the pond. Like the similar carnival game, the prize was listed on the underside of each duck. Also adding to the festive atmosphere, Hotshot Photo Booth was set up with a variety of fun props to give party-goers a photo memento from the event.

Representatives from more than 22 wineries across the United States were on hand to conduct wine tastings. The event also included a silent auction, a live auction, and food from some of Memphis’ favorite restaurants.

Tyler Hampton, SRVS Executive Director, gave the welcoming remarks and recognized Dottie Jones, SRVS Chairman of the Board. Joe Birch, Jr., WMC-TV News Anchor, was the evening’s emcee. WMC-TV Chief Meteorologist Ron Childers served as auctioneer for the live auction. The evening’s entertainment, intended to showcase the many talents of people with disabilities, was provided by the SRVS Star Singers and the SRVS Star performers. 

The 2018 featured artist was Chris Archer. Her painting “Just Go Home to Your Mother” was described as “a multimedia painting that captured the whimsical interaction of children and parents.” The painting was auctioned as the event’s commemorative artwork. 

The night concluded with a party on the dance floor with Tiger City Entertainment. Proceeds from the 20th annual Sparkling Nights Fundraiser will support SRVS’ mission of providing the best care and support for people with disabilities. 


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