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Memphis Moments

100 Women Who Care

Art in the Hall

Autozone Liberty Bowl 


East Buntyn ArtWalk

Greek Festival

Hoedown for Hope

Stories and Photos by Bill Bannister and Emily Adams Keplinger.


100 Women Who Care

The Power of Giving

For women who want to make an immediate, direct and positive impact on our community, there’s the 100 Women Who Care organization. This member-run group relies on 100+ members who consistently participate to nominate, select and fund a variety of area nonprofits. Members meet once every three months to listen to presentations by representatives from three nonprofit organizations. Then they vote and the nonprofit with the most votes receives a check from each member for at least $100. At the most recent meeting, a check for over $19,000 was awarded to the Tunica Humane Society. To be considered as a potential recipient of 100 Women Who Care Memphis donations, an organization must be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization, be located in West Tennessee, North Mississippi or West Memphis, Arkansas, be in operation for at least three years, and be willing to send a representative to the group’s meeting to share how donations will support their mission.



Art in the Hall 

Inaugural Event Supports Mid-South Scholastic Art Competition

The inaugural Art in the Hall event was presented in partnership by the Brooks Museum League and Memphis Heritage at Howard Hall. The cocktail and hors d’oeuvres soiree was to raise funds for the Mid-South Scholastic Art Competition, as well as Art Education at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and Memphis Heritage. Kay Clark, Donna and Cohen, Nancy and Ken Dick, Mary Lou Gaerig, Judy Hall, Dorothy Kirsch, Kay Liles, Gigi and Will McGown, and Wanda and Win Winsett served on the host committee. Area artists Danny Broadway, Terry DeWitt, Martha Kelly, Terry Lynn, Mary Norman, Mollie Riggs and Maggie Russell participated in the event, offering their artwork for sale. Additionally, works by past Mid-South Scholastic Gold Key winners were also presented and available for sale. 


AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

The evening began with cocktails and a silent auction as a crowd gathered at the Memphis Hilton to honor Priscilla Presley. She was recognized with the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Distinguished Citizen Award. A buffet dinner was followed by remarks from Mayor Jim Strickland and Mayor Mark Luttrell, both of whom spoke of the impact Presley has had on the Memphis community through her commitment to Graceland. Jack Soden, CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., said, “This was an exceptional night as we honored Priscilla and her ongoing dedication to Graceland and to Memphis. Through her perseverance, Graceland has played a role in the lives of so many — both the thousands of people who have been employed through our organization, as well as the millions of visitors who have to come to Graceland.” 


East Buntyn ArtWalk

A Neighborhood Festival

Sunny skies and pleasant temperatures were a winning combination to draw a crowd for the ninth annual East Buntyn ArtWalk. Cindie Kelly and Gaye Swan co-chaired this year’s event featuring more than 90 local artists. Hundreds of people came to stroll through the historic neighborhood as they visited the outdoor “galleries” that spilled across the front lawns of area residents. St. James Anglican Church served as this year’s headquarters, with local musicians performing on the back deck. Food trucks Awesome Dogs, Crepe Maker, MemPops, Say Cheese and Stick ‘Em were on hand and the neighborhood association offered collectible ArtWalk wine glasses, which were readily re-filled by festival volunteers as shoppers made their way from porch to porch. A silent auction featured artwork by participating artists and goods/services donated by local merchants. Proceeds will be used to fund next year’s ArtWalk.



60th Annual Memphis Greek Festival

One of the city’s biggest outdoor gatherings has been happening at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church every spring since 1958. Spanning two days under a deep blue sky, the event attracted more than 15,000 people who gathered at the “Island on Highland” for the 60th annual Memphis Greek Festival. It was a celebration of all things Greek featuring live music, dancers and the most delicious Greek food this side of Athens. Greek lemon chicken, lamb chops, souvlakia, spanakopita, gyros, and even mouth-watering Greek pizza were served up to hungry festival-goers along with soft drinks, beer and wine from Tasso’s Taverna. There was moussaka, loukoumades, ice cream and baklava, as well as a pastry kitchen and marketplace. Kids enjoyed a children’s play area complete with a rock climbing wall. Kathy Zambelis, publicity chairperson said, “Being at the festival gives me the chance to share our faith, food and culture with Memphis.”


Hoedown for Hope

An Evening of Music, Food and Fun

Since the opening of Hope House, thousands of HIV-affected families have been given new hope through high-quality early childhood education and social services. One of the year’s biggest Hope House fundraisers was held at the Propcellar on Summer Avenue. Hoedown for Hope brought together more than 300 supporters dressed in their western best to enjoy an evening of barbecue, music and fun. Jeremy Shrader, of the band Big Barton, serenaded the crowd as they perused the silent auction and bid on gift packages from Old Dominick, Starbucks and The Grizzlies, along with paintings by Ken Lecco and fine jewelry. Guests enjoyed a wine pull and took turns on a mechanical bull before heading back to the dining room to enjoy a night of music by He Said She Said, along with delicious food and signature cocktails. Hope House is located at 23 S. Idlewild in Midtown.