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Cocktails, Canapés and Cats

Cocktails and Cowgirls

Metal Museum

 

Soul of the City 

Spaytacular

Trashion Show  


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

 
 

Cocktails, Canapés and Cats

Benefiting Creative Aging

Creative Aging hosted their annual fundraiser with something extra this year, a special performance of a beloved Broadway musical. “Working with Theatre Memphis to present Cocktails, Canapés & Cats was a fabulous way to raise money to benefit Creative Aging’s arts programs for seniors — the audience simultaneously supported and enjoyed the arts,” said Executive Director Mia Henley. To kick off the delightful cocktail hour before the curtains rose on Cats, guests were greeted outside the lobby with glasses of refreshing rosé champagne. Small tables accented with tea lights were set up inside and outside the theatre lobby for guests to enjoy live piano music from Adam Levin, an open bar, and delicious hors d’oeuvres. CFY Catering provided an attractive buffet with fig and ricotta crostini, steak tostada, lemon berry tartlet, asparagus salad and more. Funds raised at the event supported Creative Aging’s mission of engaging seniors through the arts. 

 

 
 

Cocktails and Cowgirls

Benefiting FedExFamilyHouse

A roundup of ladies gathered for the inaugural Cocktails & Cowgirls event at one of Memphis’ newest event spots, Venue 901. Carol Duffy and Tricia Woodman were the hosts of this great girls night out, all for the benefit of FedExFamilyHouse. The western theme was carried out by Corky’s Venue 901 and Simply Delicious Catering with a menu that included a chili bar with corn cakes, black bean beef chili, white chicken chili, Fritos and other toppings. A specialty cocktail called Cactus Cooler, (tequila, pineapple, cranberry and lime juices, Italian orange soda and a sprig of mint) gave guests a tasty way to toast the evening. Various contests and door prize drawings kept things lively. Betty Hays won the “Best Cowgirl Hat” contest. Door prizes included a necklace from Sissy’s Log Cabin. a $500 gift certificate from Betty Hays Boutique, and a centerpiece of succulents from Millstone Market & Nursery.

     
 

Metal Museum

Repair Days

Repair Days 2019 felt like a family reunion with so many people returning to the National Ornamental Metal Museum for the annual event. Not only was it the museum’s largest fundraiser of the year, but it also served as a prime educational outreach opportunity. “This year more than 100 metalsmiths from across the country came to Memphis to make repairs on metal objects brought in by the community, all to raise funds for the museum,” explained Kim Ward, Marketing Manager for the Metal Museum. “The event was all about restoring artistry, beauty, curiosity and history.” The annual Dinner and Art Auction was a sold-out component of a four-day event. In the silent and live auctions, attendees bid on some of the finest metalwork in the country. All proceeds support the museum’s annual programming such as educational initiatives, new exhibitions, and artist residency programs.

     
 

Soul of the City 

Elmwood Cemetery

Glowing lights and costumed characters greeted guests as they entered the enchanting grounds of Elmwood Cemetery for the annual Soul of the City party. Some of the cemetery’s most majestic monuments were spotlighted by colored lights, while pathways were illuminated with glowing orbs. “As attendees journeyed along the paths, they met men and women whose stories contributed to the tapestry that is Memphis,” explained Kim Bearden, Executive Director of Elmwood. “Volunteers dressed in costume to portray people from our past who are permanent residents of Elmwood, like Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Bessie Vance Brooks, Robert Galloway, John Overton III and Grace Toof.” Additional tales from the city’s past were shared by volunteer tour guides who took groups through various parts of the cemetery. The spirited fun served as a fundraiser for Elmwood, Memphis’ oldest active cemetery.

 

Spaytacular

A Cause for Paws

Since shelters, rescues and pet adoption services can only deal with a fraction of the homeless animal population, Spay Memphis steps in to fulfill its mission of preventing pet overpopulation. That’s why over 100 animal lovers gathered at ANF Architects on Union Avenue to support Spaytacular, an important annual fundraiser for Spay Memphis. Guests enjoyed fine wine, beer from Meddlesome Brewing and delicious food from Bangkok Alley, Corky’s Barbecue, Ecco on Overton Park, Zaka Bowl, Libro at Laurelwood and South of Beale. Mike Divoky brought trays of mouth-watering cold cuts, cheeses, fruit and cookies. Stepherson’s Super-Lo Foods hosted a wine pull with a couple of bottles valued at over $100. Party-goers also bid on over 200 items in a silent auction as they enjoyed music from Josh and Janina Cosby. The evening concluded with a candlelight dinner on the cozy ANF back patio.

 

Trashion Show 

Memphis City Beautiful

It was wild! It was wacky! And it was wonderful! The 2019 Trashion Show was all of that and more with over 45 fashion creations that showcased original designs by some of Memphis’ most creative local artists and designers. As the “green couture” took to the runway, it put a spotlight on fashion with an environmental twist. This year’s top entries took home bragging rights and cash prizes. The winners were Best of Show - $500, Andre Walker for a “Butterfly” outfit made from fabric dinner napkins; Second Place - $250, Laverne Bobo for a paper dress with floral accents made from magazines; and a two-way tie for Third Place - $125; shared by Kendrick Brown for a regal ensemble that incorporated plastic spoons and Gabriella Mendoza for dress made from atlas pages. All proceeds support the Community Improvement Grant Program of Memphis City Beautiful.