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ORPHEUM AUCTION GALA
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LES PASSEES CABARET BALL
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Contents
February 2008
From the Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Signature Memphis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Jackie Nichols
A thespian with a vision, he rounded up some high school classmates in 1965 for an act-
ing troupe called The Circuit Players. By 1975, Nichols had opened Playhouse on the
Square, which has attracted renowned productions like “Jerry Springer-The Opera,” and
now plans to break ground for a new theatre this year.
Liberty Bowl Presidents’ Gala . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Less than 24 hours before the 2007 AutoZone Liberty Bowl kick-off, eager fans met up at
The Peabody to support the teams and St. Jude.
StreetSeens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24, 26 & 29
She’s taking charge of Memphis progress and revitalization as a program officer for Hyde
Family Foundations. He’s passing on a legacy of education through the Memphis
Cultural Arts Enrichment Center and Watoto de Afrika. With a newfound career as a jew-
elry designer, she proves creativity is within anyone’s realm. StreetSeens spotlight
Gretchen Wollert McLennon, Donald O’Conner & Saundra Messinger.
Les Passees Cabaret Ball . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
The Les Passees Cabaret Ball turned 85, and the tradition of announcing society’s next
up-and-comers was as glamorous as always at the Cadre Building.
Vox Popular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39
Q&A with Meredith Walsh, a woman who tirelessly aids refugees in Thailand.
RSVPeople . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
A trek across the city’s party landscape.
Orpheum Auction Gala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Supporting the city’s historic Orpheum Theatre was a top priority for bidders, and the
goods weren’t bad either.
Onsites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52, 56 & 57
Gatherings that have earned an honorable mention.
Subsidium Carousel of Shoppes Preview Party . .54
Early Christmas shopping abounded at Agricenter International in support of the
Memphis Oral School for the Deaf.
Cirque du CMOM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58
Adults love The Children’s Museum of Memphis just as much as kids according to the
turnout at the “Big Top.”
Homestyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60
An uninterrupted view of the Mississippi River is one of many perks Phil and Terry
Woodard have at their predominantly glass home on the bluff.
RSVPhillippi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64
You Believe This One.
Our resident cynic has turned into an optimist with his surprising admiration and fortu-
nate good luck with city employees.
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Volume XIII Number V
February 2008
P U B L I S H E R
Roy Haithcock
E D I T O R
Leah Fitzpatrick
O F F I C E A D MI N I S T R A T O R
Jil Marcy
C O N T R I B U T I N G WR I T E R S
Kelly Cox
Jonathan Devin
Dennis Phillippi
A R T D I R E C T O R
Patrick Akers
P H O T O G R A P H E R S
Sean Davis
Roy Haithcock
Don Perry
Steve Roberts
S E N I O R A C C O U N T E X E C U T I V E S
Toni Anderson
Amy Rice
A C C O U N T E X E C U T I V E
Libby Huff
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We’ll break ground on our new hospital Feb. 14, but
our history in Memphis goes back more than 50 years.
To commemorate this historic event, we invite you to
share your Le Bonheur story with us. Visit
lebonheur.org/mystory to tell us about your
experience and help us celebrate our hospital’s legacy
of caring for the children of the Mid-South.
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T
he new year just began,
and February has already
crept into the picture. I
guess a month spent over-
hauling last year’s diehard
habits and begrudgingly tak-
ing down over-the-top holiday
décor makes the time fly by.
On the flip side, waking up
with a newfound sense of self
and to a clean house (Does a
spotless living room qualify
as a clean house?) was per-
fect preparation for this
month’s spirit of compassion
and remembrance.
In addition to the
always anticipated or ever
dreaded Valentine’s Day, February entails Groundhog Day;
Charles Dickens Day; Black History Month; and the birthdays
of national heroes like Susan B. Anthony, George Washington,
Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Edison. Though a slightly
more obscure observation, Congress has required the president
to declare February American Heart Month since 1963.
Cardiovascular disease remains the nation’s leading killer for
men and women, making it all the more crucial to fund
research through events like the Wild at Heart Gala on
February 2 at The Peabody.
Physical well-being couldn’t be more serious, but many
will experience heart problems in a different sense. Breakups,
long lost romances, memories of deceased loved ones…you get
the idea. Everyone has been there one time or another, but the
hurt grows deeper when those around you experience pure
jubilation at the sight of the first flower deliveryman on the
14th. With that said, I urge each and every one of you to rel-
ish the good times, which are often fleeting, and find an outlet
to fulfill any emotional void.
RSVP is a good introduction to diverse philanthropic
opportunities. The magazine upholds its commitment to cover-
ing non-profit events and the people who champion worthy
causes in hopes of inspiring anyone who has “heart” or needs
to mend a broken one. Placing yourself in less advantageous
environments will transform the way you see the everyday
world, and maybe you’ll even forget there were any problems
in the first place.
Need some more motivation? Check out the Vox
Popular with Meredith Walsh. This amazing woman hasn’t
turned 30 yet, but her benevolence and bravery helping
refugees in Thailand far outweighs any preconceived notion
that wisdom only comes with age. It seems my treasure hunt
has begun…Memphis’ hidden gems are getting shinier by the
second!
Leah Fitzpatrick
editor@rsvpmagazine.com
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