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Let’s Rock the Houses

FedEx Pilots’ Wives Association

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger  | Photos by Don Perry 

Each year, families and businesses from the Memphis area partner with FedEx Pilots’ Wives Association (FEPWA) in their decades-long mission of serving families facing childhood illnesses. Last year, the organization raised over $50,000 for Ronald McDonald House Memphis and FedExFamilyHouse. This year FEPWA held their fundraiser at the Carousel Pavilion of Children’s Museum of Memphis. The “Let’s Rock the Houses” event was the group’s most impactful fundraiser to date, raising approximately $86,000. Legacy Wealth Management was the event’s platinum sponsor. Proceeds benefit both the FedExFamilyHouse and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis.

Pink Flamingo Catering offered the crowd a tasty buffet with dishes like street tacos, shrimp & grits, smoked Gouda and pimento cheese dip, fried chicken sliders, raspberry chipotle meatballs, and a variety of salads. For entertainment, guests could try their hands at a wine pull, don zany props for a photo by Phancy Photo Booth or take a spin on the restored 1909 Grand Carousel.

At Let’s Rock the Houses, over 250 guests competed with online bidders for auction items donated by hundreds of businesses from the Mid South and beyond. Items ranged from sky diving lessons to rounds of golf to scuba diving lessons. Also up for bid were Redbirds box tickets, a Sun Studio tour for 4, Kendra Scott jewelry, salon and spa packages, sports memorabilia, original artwork, Malco movie passes, time in a FedEx Flight Simulator, and beautiful barware, as well as tickets and memberships supporting area attractions like Memphis Botanic Garden and performances at Germantown Community Theatre and Germantown Performing Arts Center. The live auction offered a variety of baked treats. Decadent desserts from Patty Cakes, Prima’s, La Baguette, Muddy’s, The Toffee, Pink Bakery and Smallcakes offered a very sweet way for bidders to show their support. 

“The FedEx Pilots’ Wives Association is a group comprised of FedEx Express Pilots’ Wives, just like the name says, and Female FedEx Express Pilots,” explained Amber Abney, the group’s president. “The organization’s mission is to serve each other through charity, community and personal growth. We are a social and charitable organization that supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis (RMH) at St. Jude’s and FedExFamilyHouse (FEFH) at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital. Though many of the organization’s members make the Memphis area their home, the overall membership includes 420 members, spanning the globe.” 

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