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Memphis Moments

Adapt-A-Door (and more)

Facing History and Ourselves

Heels & Hoops

 

Ladies Love Liberty

Le Partie de la Symphonie 

Polo Pop Up


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

 
 

Adapt-A-Door (and more) 

Recycling the Past

As guests gathered at Howard Hall, Memphis Heritage, Inc. hosted its 10th annual Adapt-A-Door (and more) fundraiser. Supporters bid on doors and windows and other repurposed items that had been “adopted” by local artists, architects, design firms and other creative minds who then “adapted” and transformed them into works of art and functional furniture. These one-of-a-kind auction items were tangible reminders of what Memphis Heritage does best, recycling the past. Will McGown took top bragging rights for “Best of Door” with his live-edged desk with a heart pine door. Aldo Dean and his team from Bardog Tavern was the food sponsor, 2 Girls and a Whip baked up cupcakes and a door-shaped cake, Wiseacre Brewing was the beer sponsor and The Tennessee Screamers provided music. Major event sponsors included Eclectic Eye, Linkous Construction Company and Orion Federal Credit Union.

 

 
 

Facing History and Ourselves

Annual Fundraising Dinner

Over the years, one particular organization has stood out as a beacon of hope for the future. Facing History and Ourselves has trained over 10,000 teachers who have taught over half a million students in the US and Canada. The nonprofit organization develops educational curriculum focusing on prejudice and injustice in American and European societies, with a focus on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. Seven hundred supporters gathered at the Memphis Hilton for the annual Facing History and Ourselves benefit dinner. Featured speakers included Executive Director of South Africa-based Shikaya, Dylan Wray, and Cape Town educator Roy Hellenberg. Dinner started with a crisp iceberg lettuce salad followed by seared salmon with orange glaze, mashed potatoes, and julienne vegetables. Dessert was a chocolate bombe and a jumbo-sized caramel cookie. Corporate sponsors of this year’s event included First Tennessee Foundation, Southeastern Asset Management Inc., AutoZone, FedEx, Kelman Lazarov, and Allstate Foundation.

     
 

Heels & Hoops

A “Blue Out” for Memphis Women’s Basketball

Sparkling wigs were the preferred head gear at this year’s Heels & Hoops, with supporters of the University of Memphis women’s basketball team sporting their finest Tiger blue from head to toe. The Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis hosted and catered the event. Guests sipped on beverages and chatted during a cocktail hour before a delicious dinner. The photo booth and wine pull were popular attractions, and attendees browsed the items for the live and silent auctions. Emcee Doc Holliday introduced a program by the team, who then kicked off the dancing by leading a conga line. “This is our ninth annual event, and over the past nine years we’ve raised almost half a million dollars, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Fastbreak Club and the event planning committee,” said head coach Melissa McFerrin. Funds raised go towards equipment and domestic and international travel.

     
 

Ladies Love Liberty

Fashion Show Luncheon

Members of Ladies Love Liberty and their guests gathered at Chickasaw Country Club for their annual fashion show to celebrate the 60th AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Music by Gerry Finney, Andy Gaia and Jeff Fiornelli welcomed guests to the sold-out event, chaired by Charlotte Neal and Rosemary Ballinger. Steve Ehrhart, Executive Director of AutoZone Liberty Bowl, introduced this year’s honorees. Leigh Shockey was the recipient of the 2018 Memphis Community Service Award. Bill Kinkade was recognized for his role as the 2018 President of AutoZone Liberty Bowl and each past president in attendance was presented with a single, long-stem rose. The fashion show was moderated by Babbie Lovett and featured the latest fashions from Betty Hays Boutique. There was also a holiday bazaar with proceeds going to support Memory, Inc., a local nonprofit organization that supports other nonprofit groups fighting Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Le Partie de la Symphonie 

A Celebration of Music

More than 80 supporters of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the Racquet Club to celebrate the fine musical arts at the inaugural “Le Partie de la Symphonie”. Guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres as they mingled with members of the symphony orchestra, including maestro Robert Moody, who was on hand for the festivities. A string quartet serenaded guests as they enjoyed their libations and snacked on miniature taco rolls, beef empanadas, cheese puff pastries, salmon croquettes and mini caprese salads. Live auction items up for bid included a Memphis Symphony poster autographed by Maestro Moody and a Pickwick lake home getaway. Door prizes were up for grabs for just five dollars a ticket and included a framed portrait of Mozart by Andrew Crust, a deluxe bottle of Old Forester bourbon and a membership to Theatre Memphis. The party was hosted by the Memphis Symphony League.

 

Polo Pop Up

Benefiting the Junior League of Memphis G.R.O.W Program

Recent rains dampened the city’s polo fields but did not dampen the spirit of the Junior League of Memphis. The annual Polo Event became a Polo Pop Up, held at the beautiful grounds and building of The Community Resource Center. The chill in the air made an outdoor fire on the terrace most welcome, and guests enjoyed roasting marshmallows. Badminton and croquet replaced the polo matches, and ladies did not miss the chance to show off their finest hats. Beverage sponsor Pyramid Wine & Spirits provided wine and cocktails, which included two signature drinks, the “Polotini” and “Polo Mule.” Indoors, the fall-themed buffet featured honey vermouth salmon, beef tenderloin, and asparagus pinwheels, catered by Me and My Tea Room. “Our Polo Pop Up benefits G.R.O.W. (Growth, Readiness, Opportunity, and Wellness), which helps families with financial wellness, healthy habits, continuing education, and so much more,” said event chair Yevette Hughes.