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Courage Thru Cancer

Grand Krewe of Ennead

Grand Krewe of Sphinx Coronation

 

Les Passees

Luxor Coronation

RaMet Coronation


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

 
 

Courage Thru Cancer

Celebrating Heroes

A new event for the Courage Thru Cancer organization brought a crowd to The University Club of Memphis to honor a group of Mid-South oncologists, each who has made a difference in the lives of so many people. Testimonies from patients of each honoree warmed the hearts of oncologists Dr. Raymond Osarogiagbon, Dr. Arnel Pallera, Dr. Ching Hon Pui, Dr. Lee Schwartzberg, and Dr. Kurt Tauer. Additionally, a new award was announced, the Nancy and Glenn Crosby Service in Hope Award, which honored the couple for living their lives through service to nonprofit organizations and through medicine. The award recognized Virginia Steele, a 2016 Courage Thru Cancer honoree. Jon Neal, founder of Courage Thru Cancer, explained, “Courage Thru Cancer is a Mid-South nonprofit organization that makes certain that any person diagnosed with cancer does not face their crisis alone.”

 

 
 

Grand Krewe of Ennead 

Coronation Ceremony

A hush among their subjects preceded the stately entry of Queen Sahara XXIX and King Ennead XXIX upon the occasion of their coronations as rulers of Ennead, one of 10 groups affiliated with Carnival Memphis. Ennead’s new rulers are also known as Carol Wasielewski and Stephen D. Grushkin, respectively. Their formal coronation ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of Holiday Inn – University of Memphis inaugurated Carnival’s annual whirl of social and philanthropic activities. Memphis Funk-N-Horns provided entertainment during the event. Founded in 1990, Ennead embraces dual purposes: It holds all manner of social gatherings for its members’ enjoyment; as with its fellow Carnival organizations, Ennead’s events raise financial support for Carnival’s Memphis Children’s Charity Initiative. Local nonprofit organizations Neighborhood Christian Center, Palmer Home for Children and Porter-Leath are 2019 beneficiaries of the collective of fund-raising efforts by Carnival Memphis and its affiliated organizations.

     
 

Grand Krewe of Sphinx Coronation

All Things Southern

The Grand Krewe of Sphinx crowned King Horus LXXIV (Christopher Morledge) and Queen Tiaa LXXIV (Kathleen Mallory LaFlore) in a festive affair at the clubhouse at TPC Southwind. Guests, including past royalty, were on hand to witness the coronation and carry on the tradition of “partying with a purpose.” Outgoing King and Sphinx Chairman Sam Zalowitz said “I thank the Board and Royal Court for their hard work in making this year so successful in supporting this year’s children’s charities; Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc., Palmer House and Porter-Leath.” Party-goers enjoyed libations and hors d’oeuvres as they assembled for the presentation of the flag. Master of Ceremonies Bradford W. Flynn introduced Ken Zimmerman who performed the Star Spangled Banner. Presentation of the Royal Banner by flag-bearer Bill Raiford was followed by the presentation of the 2019 Royal Court. After the Royal Toast and Proclamations, the evening was crowned by the Royal Dance. 

     
 

Les Passees

2019 Cabaret Ball

Les Passees brought guests to the Memphis Botanic Garden for its 2019 Cabaret Ball, Havana Nights. After a welcome from masters of ceremonies Ron Childers and Joyce Peterson, Les Passees president Suzanne Oliphant and 2019 Cabaret Co-Chairman Kacie Cooper and Missy Green were recognized for their roles, and in turn, they recognized the efforts of all of the Les Passees volunteers. The evening began with a cocktail reception and a silent auction co-chaired by Ginny Dunn and Anca Marr. Then Childers and Peterson announced the presentation of the Living Ads, daughters and granddaughters of Les Passees members, as the young women and their escorts took center stage to represent this year’s sponsors. This year’s Living Ads were Madison Elizabeth Anton, a senior at St. Agnes Academy; Annie Laurie McPherson, also a student at St. Agnes Academy; and Savanna Theresa St. John, a senior at St. Benedict at Auburndale Catholic High School. 

 

Luxor Coronation

The British Are Coming

The Grand Krewe of Luxor prepared for a British invasion in this year’s coronation held at The Esplanade. The red, blue and white table decorations and floral arrangements gave a nod to the flag of the United Kingdom, while small posters and other accents celebrated British contributions to entertainment. Ladies were delighted with the lovely fascinators available on each table and wore them proudly throughout the evening. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour with heavy hors d’oeuvres and dancing to live music provided by the Jerry Braxton Band. A breakfast buffet followed the presentation of the royal court, led by King Ramesses XIV David Gearhardt and Queen Nefertari XIV Cathy Welsh Walsh. The evening’s theme was chosen by the Queen. “I am a lifelong anglophile, a lover of all things British,” said Walsh. 

 

RaMet Coronation

Caribbean Nights

The Grand Krewe of RaMet celebrated this year’s Coronation with a tropical twist. The theme of Caribbean Nights was carried out in the delightful centerpieces featuring brightly colored parrots and palm trees, festive floral arrangements, and pirate costumes for the Queen’s pages. “My husband and I missed a Caribbean cruise that our krewe took, and I decided we deserved a Caribbean Night,” said Lillie Kay Mitchell, presented as Queen Maat LXXVII along with her husband Albert Markle, King Ra LXXVI. Carnival royalty and their guests enjoyed an open bar and the lively sounds of the band Memphis Funk-N-Horns. A delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet catered by Me and My Tea Room featured a beautiful charcuterie board and grilled and chilled vegetables, with whiskey moon pies and key lime shooters among the popular desserts. The annual event was held at Opera Memphis.