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Memphis Moments

Alpha Omega Veterans Services

Association for Women Attorneys

ICCS Mardi Gras

Literacy is Key

Page Robbins Winter Gala

Wine for Wishes


Stories and Photos by Bill Bannister and Emily Adams Keplinger.

 
 

Alpha Omega Veterans Services

Military Masquerade Ball

The second annual Military Masquerade Ball was a spirited fundraiser designed to raise money to help veterans and spread awareness about Alpha Omega Veterans Services (AOVS).  Cordell Walker, executive director of AOVS, explained, “Alpha Omega Veterans Services is a nonprofit organization that helps homeless and disabled military veterans reintegrate into society by providing them with housing and other essential supportive services.” In keeping with the Mardi Gras theme, guests were encouraged to wear masks with their party attire. Colorful strand of beads decorated tables and Chef Gary Williams showed off his Creole cuisine with traditional dishes of red beans and rice, chicken and sausage jambalaya, crawfish etouffée, and bread pudding. Chef Erling Jensen spiced things up with an offering of buffalo meatballs. The Mighty Souls played lively tunes while guests perused silent auction items and later in the evening Memphis rapper Al Kapone brought his brand of music to the stage. 

 
 

Association for Women Attorneys

Annual Awards Banquet

The Association for Women Attorneys paid tribute to The Hon. Claudia Haltom during its 2018 banquet. Haltom accepted AWA’s Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to women in the legal profession. Upon retiring from Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court, Haltom’s experience of serving as juvenile court magistrate for 17 years led her to found A Step Ahead Foundation. Since 2011 the foundation has provided Shelby County women free access to the most effective, long-acting, reversible methods of contraception. Its resources help women prevent unplanned pregnancies and enable them to plan their lives and their families. The banquet also included inductions of AWA’s 2018 officers and scholarship presentations to four students at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. 

     
 

ICCS Mardi Gras

Putting the Fun in Fundraising

The Cadre Building took on a festive glow with the colors of purple, gold and green as Immaculate Conception Cathedral School (ICCS) held its annual Mardi Gras celebration. The school’s chef, Anthony Terrell, catered a buffet filled with favorite New Orleans foods including shrimp and grits, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and shrimp and oysters po’ boys. King Cake and cheesecake topped off the meal. Memphis Second Line Jazz Band let the good times roll as brought their brand of music to the party and led guests in a procession. Afterwards, Fred Ross of DJ Sketchz spun records and brought everyone to the dance floor for the rest of the evening. Proceeds from the event will be used for the school’s general operating expenses.

     
 

Literacy is Key

A Book and Author Event

Book lovers and literacy supporters gathered at the Holiday Inn - University of Memphis for the eighth annual Literacy is Key event, presented by the Memphis Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association as a philanthropic endeavor. Andrea Harano chaired this year’s event, along with assistant chairman Janie Lowery. “Literacy is Key is a book and author event, with a luncheon and presentations by three nationally acclaimed authors,” explained Harano.  Emcee Darrell Greene, of WBHQ Fox 13 News, brought authors Kristy Woodson Harvey, Christina Baker Kline and Kim Wright onstage to tell their personal stories and share background about their books. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Literacy is Key go to organizations like First Books and other local literary, non-profit organizations.

 

Page Robbins Winter Gala

The Emerald City

Guests “followed the Yellow Brick Road” to the Grand Ballroom of The Peabody for the 2018 Page Robbins Winter Gala. The evening began with socializing and hors d’oeuvres. Attire for the event was black tie optional, but some partygoers showed up dressed as their favorite Wizard of Oz characters. Inside the ballroom, music from the iconic movie added to the festive atmosphere. Gala chairs Dodd and Carole Williams welcomed the crowd and Father Jeff Marx, Rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, gave the Invocation. A live auction, led by Terri Walker of Walker Auctions, added to the coffers of the evening in support of Page Robbins Adult Daycare Center. Attendees danced until midnight to the sounds of The Soul Shockers and a photo booth, sponsored by Renasant Bank, offered the opportunity for party-goers to capture their visit to “The Emerald City.”

 

Wine for Wishes

Benefiting the Mid-South Chapter of Make-A-Wish

The Make-A-Wish Mid-South Associate Board hosted the eighth annual Wine for Wishes at The Cadre Building. Over 400 guests enjoyed wine tasting, a wine pull, a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and live music. Buster’s Liquors donated the 16 featured wines, Staks Pancake Kitchen donated the desserts, and guests were treated to a signature cocktail donated by Old Dominick’s Distillery. The bartenders were courtesy of Memphis Bar Ties. Attendees enjoyed the sounds of Charvey Mac as they mingled and bid on the many silent auction items. “The Associate Board is a group of 19 young professionals who meet monthly to raise awareness for Make-A-Wish within our age group. Wine for Wishes is our premier event, and we are so happy with this year’s turnout. We expect to raise enough money to grant at least seven wishes,” said event chair Mallory Podesta.