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SpAYtacular

Making a Meaningful Impact

Story and Photos by Rebekah Yearout

Two hundred guests showed up for an evening of fun, frivolity and fundraising at the stylish Midtown headquarters of ANF Architects on Union Avenue. It was the eleventh annual SPAYtacular, a celebration to benefit Spay Memphis and raise awareness of its mission to reduce the Mid-South’s homeless animal population. Party-goers made their way past the foyer and to the open wine bar provided by Athens Distributing, where they ordered their favorite libation and a bag of popcorn from South Of Beale, to begin browsing the fabulous tables of goodies in the silent auction.

This year’s auction featured 127 items including a huge and beautiful assortment of Kendra Scott jewelry. There were boxes of pet toys and accessories as well as beds and gift baskets from Hollywood Feed. Capital Grille donated a two hundred dollar gift certificate and Three Dog Bakery provided a whimsical pet-themed gift basket. Other supporters included Range USA, who provided a Tennessee Handgun permit class, Rumba Room, who donated Salsa lessons, The Memphis Grizzlies, Pink Palace Museum, Horseshoe Casino and Ballet Memphis. Also up for bids was a Kim Nash Austin Production cat statue, and a stunning collection of fine art including paintings by local artists Rena Chiozza, Linda Lucchesi, Marie Wilson and even a playful painting by none other than Callie the Sea Lion from the Memphis Zoo. There was Lenox crystal, along with an autographed shirt, photo and CD from Grammy Award winning country music star and actress Pam Tillis.After bidding on all the treasures in the silent auction, guests stepped up to the Wine Pull Table where, for just a twenty dollar donation, they were able to have a shot at an impressive assortment of 75 wines including a Patache d’ Aux Bordeaux, an Obsidian Ridge Cabernet, a Santa Margharita Pinot Grigio, a Ferrari Carano Merlot and a J Vineyards Pinot Noir. Some of Memphis’ finest restaurants provided the food for this year’s SPAYtacular. Corky’s was on hand with their world famous barbecue, beans and coleslaw. Zaka Bowl served up delicious herb chicken with brown rice, baked Brussels sprouts and spicy chick peas. Tom’s Tiny Kitchen brought out their amazing pimento cheese. Grecian Gourmet had homemade pita chips and hummus and South Of Beale served up a most mouth-watering gouda mac and cheese. Some guests made their way outside to the cozy ANF courtyard where Yazoo Brewing manned the taps with ice cold selections of their most famous beers.

Music for the evening’s festivities was by Nora Burns and Hank Sable. Keynote speaker was board President Cathy Simmons and special celebrity emcee was WMC TV5 Anchor Joe Birch. Sponsors included ANF Architects, Superlo Foods, Mahaffey Tent and Event Rentals, Yarbrough’s Music, Inferno, Hollywood Feed, Envirogen Technologies, Day and Night Animal Hospital, Sustainable Resource Technologies and Animal Emergency Center.

 

 


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