The Commercial Appeal

Boot-scootin’ bash

Children’s Museum has fun at annual fundraiser

- PARTY LINE MICHAEL DONAHUE

The only fourlegged animal around was a mechanical bull, but that didn’t stop guests from wearing cowboy boots, hats and string ties to this years to this year’s Cirque du CMOM event at the Children’s Museum of Memphis.

“Saddle Up Deep in the Heart of Memphis” was the theme of the party, the museum’s largest annual fundraiser.

About 1,100 attended the event, held Feb. 4, said Betsy McKay, event coordinato­r. “I’ve been planning the event for three years. and, to me, this was the best one,” Betsy said.

Attraction­s also included a silent disco and music by Mustache the Band from Oxford, Miss.

Emily Banks and Carol Stout were event coordinato­rs.

Works of Heart

Some people left heartless, but other Works of Heart guests took a heart-inspired work of heart with them when they left the event, held Feb. 4 at Memphis College of Art.

About 450 people attended this year’s Child Advocacy of Memphis fundraiser, which featured works by more than 120 artists, said Beryl Wight, Child Advocacy communicat­ions coordinato­r.

More than $94,000 was raised, Beryl said. “That’s the most we’ve ever made from Works of Heart,” she said.

The reason they made so much money this year? “Just a wonderful community of artists and supporters who came out to support the Child Advocacy Center and the children we serve.”

Another Roadside Attraction provided the food.

Exceed opening

Silas Christophe­r and Jarrod Spicer take an artistic approach when it comes to designing kitchens and bathrooms. The two artists — Silas is a painter, and Jarrod is a sculptor — held a grand opening party for the new location of their business, Exceed Kitchen & Baths, on Feb. 3 at Kirby Parkway and Poplar.

Silas and Jarrod went into business together two years ago in Bartlett. “I had my design firm, and he had his constructi­on company,” Silas said. “We had the same vision and decided to join forces. I have an interior design background as well. First off, we believe in challengin­g the status quo of the remodeling industry.”

And, he said, “We believe in being a tailored company for our clients. We tailor them all the way through the process of doing kitchens, remodels, custom fabricatio­ns — whatever the job they’re doing with us. We’re a kitchen and bath store, but we’re more of a lifestyle store.”

They’re also an art gallery. “Our second floor is a gallery space that we also use for our conference­s and lounge. We partner with a gallery — Circuitous Succession Gallery — so (the schedule of art shows) changes.”

They also will host events. Fallen Heroes Foundation’s “A Toast to Our Heroes” will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. March 24.

Performing for the grand opening party was Artistik Approach, featuring Eso Tolson and Siphne Aaye.

Food was provided by One & Only BBQ, Dinstuhl’s and Memphis Events Catering.

RaMet coronation

The Grand Krewe of RaMet for Carnival Memphis held its coronation Feb. 4 at Memphis Botanic Garden.

Charlie Smithers is king, and Sara Van Dyke is queen. Their court includes duchesses Rose Gwaltney, Margaret Lawrence and Judy Looney; grand duchess Ann Ince; pages Chandler Ince, Hudson Day Tutor and Tanner Ince; and flagman Colquett Van Dyke. Kim Leonard is chairperso­n.

“Winter Wonderland” was the theme. The Dantones performed.

Email michael.donahue@commercial­appeal.com

 ??  ?? AT RIGHT: Mustache the Band performed at Cirque du CMOM. Grand krewe of RaMet royalty: back row, from left, grand duchess Ann Ince; duchesses Rose Gwaltney, Margaret Lawrence, Judy Looney; and chairperso­n Kim Leonard. Front row: pages Chandler Ince,...
AT RIGHT: Mustache the Band performed at Cirque du CMOM. Grand krewe of RaMet royalty: back row, from left, grand duchess Ann Ince; duchesses Rose Gwaltney, Margaret Lawrence, Judy Looney; and chairperso­n Kim Leonard. Front row: pages Chandler Ince,...
 ??  ?? ABOVE: Exceed Kitchen & Bath owners Silas Christophe­r, left, and Jarrod Spicer were at the grand opening party for the new location.
ABOVE: Exceed Kitchen & Bath owners Silas Christophe­r, left, and Jarrod Spicer were at the grand opening party for the new location.
 ??  ?? From left, Darius B. Williams, S. Julian Jenkins, Edna Donald and Averell Mundie at Exceed Kitchen & Bath new location opening.
From left, Darius B. Williams, S. Julian Jenkins, Edna Donald and Averell Mundie at Exceed Kitchen & Bath new location opening.
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Ryan and Grace Skeritch were at Cirque du CMOM.
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Tommy Oler and Bridgette Wallace were at Works of Heart.
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