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Memphis Moments

Botanical Bars

Chefs’ Celebrity Gala

Community Leadership Breakfast

Junior League of Memphis


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

 
 

Botanical Bars

Ciders, Brews and Boos

Memphis Botanic Garden was a treasure trove of fall delights for the final Botanical Bars of the year.  Guests strolled the garden, enjoying live music from Short in the Sleeve. Stunning displays featuring pumpkins and autumn florals provided a scenic backdrop. Candlelit tables were grouped conveniently, with charming centerpieces that echoed the fall theme. Special beverages included a delicious cocktail from Long Road Cider Company, paired with a hearty chili and sliders from Fratelli’s Café. Diamond Bear Brewing offered two seasonal beers and a selection of year-round favorites. The old-fashioned cider press provided fresh apple juice used in a hot toddy from Old Dominick Distillery. Attendees enjoyed choosing a favorite from samples of salty caramel, apple pie and butter pecan moonshine from Ole Smoky. Small bites from 9 Dough 1 and Wade and Company and sweet treats from Frost Bake Shop provided tasty accompaniments to the beverages.

 

 
 

Chefs’ Celebrity Gala

30th Anniversary Celebration

The Chefs’ Celebrity Gala took place at the Holiday Inn - University of Memphis with approximately 500 guests in attendance. The event raised awareness and funds for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center (CAC). The evening began with a reception for the celebrity servers who donned aprons while they previewed the gourmet meal they soon served to guests. “Our servers were local business and philanthropic leaders, many who have volunteered for years,” said Beryl Wight, Communications & Grants Manager. “Our 30th Anniversary Server Star Chart had the names of each server and the number of years they have participated, including our most senior servers; Jim Prentiss, Jr. (29 years),Sandy McGee (26 years), Bill Pickens (24 years), and Betsy Shaw (24 years).”One of the highlights of the evening was the announcement that the CAC’s newest facility had been named “The Williams House” in honor of Nancy Williams, who served as the nonprofit’s executive director for 20 years.

     
 

Community Leadership Breakfast

Bodine School Welcomes Guests

Guests to Bodine School’s 23rd annual Community Leadership Breakfast were welcomed at the door by a delightful group of well-mannered students eager to show off their school. Student-led tours included the Dyslexia Simulation Lab, always a highlight of the event. “While it is impossible to reproduce exactly the experience of dyslexia, activities in the lab are designed to mimic the frustration a student with dyslexia experiences in the classroom,” explained Gretchen Klobucar, Director of Institutional Advancement. A tasty breakfast buffet included pastries and muffins, fruit and cheese, nuggets from Chik-fil-A, coffee and hot chocolate. This community engagement event is held each year during Dyslexia Awareness Month, and is designed to raise awareness, as well as provide insight into the wonderful programming available to young learners with dyslexia at Bodine.

     
 

Junior League of Memphis

Polo Party

The excitement was palpable for Junior League Sustainers and their guests as the ponies took the field at the Memphis Polo Club. The assembled crowd dressed in “Derby worthy” attire, with most women donning elegant hats. Wine and cocktails were served along with hors d’oeuvres and a variety of bite-sized desserts. The festive socializing also included the traditional Divot Stomp as the crowds took to the field to enjoy a stretch and help the game by repairing the divots that the ponies created on the polo field. The polo event offered a fun-filled afternoon, as well as a unique fundraising opportunity. The event was chaired this year by Yevette Hughes, and served as a benefit for the Junior League’s G.R.O.W. (Giving, Readiness, Opportunity and Wellness,) program. G.R.O.W. focuses on improving literacy, education, health and wellness, personal growth and development, family unit support and community empowerment in Binghamton and Berclair.