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Memphis Moments

Alpha Omega Veterans Services

ICCS Mardi Gras

Whiskey, Wine, and Chocolates

Works of Heart


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

 
 

Alpha Omega Veterans Services

Military Masquerade Ball

The Military Masquerade Ball was a lively fundraiser designed to raise money to help veterans and spread awareness about Alpha Omega Veterans Services (AOVS). Memphis Second Line Jazz Band got things started with a spirited second line procession through the house and around the grounds of Annesdale Mansion. In keeping with the Mardi Gras theme, guests were encouraged to wear masks with their party attire. Dickson’s Custom Catering served up traditional creole dishes of red beans and rice, chicken and sausage gumbo, jambalaya with smoked sausage, as well as pulled beef po-boys, bread pudding and Bananas Foster. Jeremy Shrader and his brass band “let the good times roll,” adding their musical flavor to the evening. Live action artist Marlee Allison showed off her amazing talent, completing a painting at the event that was subsequently donated to the organization’s live auction. 

 

     
 

ICCS Mardi Gras

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler

The Mardi Gras silent auction fundraiser of Immaculate Conception Cathedral School (ICCS) took place amid a festive atmosphere in Heffernan Hall at Christian Brothers High School. The school’s chef, Anthony Terrell, catered a buffet filled with favorite New Orleans foods including shrimp and grits, gumbo, red beans and rice, and mini muffulettas. King Cake and bread pudding topped off the meal. Memphis Second Line Jazz Band let the good times roll with their brand of music, and brought people to their feet to join in a Mardi Gras-style procession. Afterwards, the Risky Whiskey Boys band kept things lively as partygoers moved to the dance floor for the rest of the evening. Event sponsors included Midtown Eye Care, Vescovo’s Arlington Liquors, Coopertown Services, Sturla Canale, Christian Brothers High School, and anonymous friends of ICCS. Proceeds from the event will be used for the school’s general operating expenses.

     
 

Whiskey, Wine, and Chocolates

A Valentine’s Day Treat at Memphis Botanic Garden

Guests to Memphis Botanic Garden’s annual Whiskey, Wine, and Chocolates were greeted with a signature cocktail from Old Dominick Distillery, aptly called Love Spell. The romantic theme was carried out in the soft red-tinted lighting and white and red roses on each table. And what Valentine’s Day would be complete without chocolates? Gourmet designer chocolates from premier chocolatier Phillip Ashley were paired with select whiskeys from Blue Note Bourbon, Old Glory Distilling, and Chattanooga Whiskey, along with refreshing beer from Diamond Bear Brewing and red wine from Chateau St. Jean. Partygoers enjoyed the sounds of Nick Black and the magic feats of magician Grayson Smith. Catered buffet stations offered a wonderful array of hors d’oeuvres including assorted dips, phyllo puffs, asparagus pillows, bacon-wrapped quail, beef tenderloin, shrimp and grits, and a tempting array of fruit, cheese, and sausage. 

 

 Works of Heart

Benefiting the Memphis Child Advocacy Center

For many art lovers, the 28th annual Works of Heart was a perfect way to wrap up their Valentine’s Day festivities. The main gallery of the iconic Memphis College of Art was filled with over 100 heart-themed works by leading regional artists. All of the artwork was related to the heart: love, romance, parenting, or sometimes heartbreak. This year was bittersweet since the Memphis College of Art (MCA), the longtime venue for the Works of Heart event, is closing its doors later this spring. Virginia Stallworth, executive director of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center (CAC), said, “We are so grateful for MCA’s hospitality and their contributions over the years.” And there was no doubt that the public was there to show the CAC some love as the event raised $98,000. And in the final tally, an anonymous donor added $2,000 to the coffers so the organization could reach its goal of $100,000.