Page Robbins Winter Gala
"Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Story by Bill Bannister | Photos by Don Perry
The Page Robbins Breakfast At Tiffany’s Winter Gala was held in the stately grand ballroom of the Peabody Hotel. The annual fundraiser, which was attended by more than 400 guests, supported the ongoing work of the Page Robbins Adult Daycare Center in Collierville. Page Robbins began in 1995 as an outgrowth from the work of a group of compassionate people in the Collierville area who recognized a significant need in their community in caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Dress for the event was black tie optional, but many partygoers showed up dressed as their favorite Breakfast at Tiffany’s characters. Guests were greeted at the entrance to the ball by volunteers seated in front of a large cardboard replica of the New York City skyline constructed and painted by the talented artists among Page Robbins’ clients. Available for purchase were beautiful hand painted wine glasses also crafted by clients. For a donation of $50, guests could buy a wine glass that came with unlimited refills.
With the cocktail hour underway, plenty of mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres were on hand like Tenderloin Rossini Bites with wild mushroom in puff pastry, along with marinated artichoke bites and boursin cheese in bread crumbs, all created by the Peabody’s master chefs. As guests mingled, they perused the dozens of tables in the silent auction, bidding on items from Babalu, Café Piazza, Folk’s Folly, James Gattas Jewelrers, The Dive Shop, and Theatre Memphis. On display were jewelry and accessories, fine wines, bourbons and rums, framed artwork, designer handbags, celebrity cookbooks, and Breakfast At Tiffany’s memorabilia.
At 8 p.m. guests were seated at elegantly appointed tables in the grand ballroom and formally greeted by Gala Chairs Dodd and Carole Williams. Father Jeff Marx, Rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, was present for the Invocation. Dinner was a delicious three course affair staring with Tiffany’s BLT salad of butter lettuce, roasted tomatoes, with sourdough and pork belly croutons topped with buttermilk ranch dressing. Next came filet mignon and grilled prawns, a soft poached egg over white cheddar grit cakes and green tomato chow-chow. Dessert was appropriately decadent, and featured passion fruit opera, almond cocoa nib sponge, passionfruit buttercream, and a white chocolate dome with a hazelnut cremeux center and chocolate crunch.
A live auction was held during dinner by Terri Walker of Walker Auctions. Winning bids took home treasures including a peridot and diamond necklace from James Middleton Jewelers, a $1200 antique English platter circa early 1800’s, a one-week stay at a Cape Cod vacation home, and an afternoon of flying in a private plane. After dinner, guests enjoyed a photo booth, and danced until midnight to the sounds of The Soul Shockers