Party Line: Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser sports a good crowd

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Former New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister (right) was the special guest at SportsBall. With him are Big Brothers Big Sisters president/CEO Adrienne Bailey and her husband, D'Army Bailey.

Former New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister (right) was the special guest at SportsBall. With him are Big Brothers Big Sisters president/CEO Adrienne Bailey and her husband, D'Army Bailey.

Temperatures were in the 90s outdoors, but indoors at Minglewood Hall guests shot baskets, jousted, rode a mechanical bull, played pool and danced without breaking much of a sweat.

More than 900 people attended the 13th annual SportsBall, a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis.

This is the event where guests are permitted to wear tennis shoes with their evening wear. Special guest, former New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister, wore a pair of yellow and white Nikes.

Big Brother Richard Glassman and his now grown-up Little Brother, William Terrell, were co-chairmen of the event. Adrienne Bailey, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis president/CEO, attended with her husband, D'Army Bailey. Ronnel Black was deejay.

Survivor's wish granted

Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South granted a wish Sunday night at the Rendezvous. PGA golf champ Shaun Micheel and his wife, Stephanie, sponsored a lifetime membership to the Covington Country Club to avid golfer Hunter Coulston, 18, from Burlison, Tenn. Hunter also was given a set of Nike golf clubs in a golf bag inscribed with his name.

A three-year melanoma survivor, Hunter obviously was surprised when he learned he was the guy getting the golf membership. It was an emotional moment for Hunter and Shaun and for Hunter's parents, Kenneth and Laurie Coulston, and Hunter's sister, Lindsey.

The Rendezvous donated the barbecue and all the trimmings, including the sausage plate components, for the event, the annual pairings party for the Shaun Micheel Make-A-Wish Golf Classic, which was Monday at Southwind.

Ron Olson and Steve Conley were the masters of ceremony, and John Roebuck was auctioneer for the live auction.

Unlike some years, KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer wasn't on hand for the party. A fan and friend of the band, Shaun said he recently was in Cincinnati for KISS shows and had dinner with the group. A guitarist, Shaun said he has tried to write a song for his mom, but he admits he can't "sing and play at the same time." He said when he does write a song, it's not going to be called "All My Exes Wear Rolexes."

48 hours to film

Filmmakers had 48 hours to turn their ideas into finished works during the recent "48 Hour Film Launch" presented by FuelFilm:Memphis, which provided the space and the equipment for the participants. FuelFilm:Memphis is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting the growth of the Memphis film industry by educating filmmakers and investors on the development of independent film projects.

The films were shown at a wrap party July 25 at Emerge Memphis headquarters. Emerge Memphis and the Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission were the local sponsors of the event.

Michael Donahue: 529-2797; donahue@commercialappeal.com

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