Party Line: Shoes take center stage

Wine tasting, shoe fashion show and sale benefit Le Bonheur

Three of the 'Jersey Boys' -- (from left) Ryan Jesse, Joseph Leo Bwarie and Matt Bailey -- were Memphis boys Saturday night at the cast party at the Hard Rock Cafe.

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Three of the "Jersey Boys" -- (from left) Ryan Jesse, Joseph Leo Bwarie and Matt Bailey -- were Memphis boys Saturday night at the cast party at the Hard Rock Cafe.

The words "... and automobiles" could have been added to the "Wine, Women & Shoes 2010" title of Thursday night's Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center benefit. The jam-packed party, which drew mostly women and featured wine tastings, a shoe fashion show and a market place with shoes, purses and other items, was held at Mercedes Benz of Memphis. Guests made their way around sleek Mercedes as they sipped wine and tried on shoes.

It seemed the majority of the guys at the show were the young men whose job was to carry -- Cinderella prince style -- trays (instead of pillows) bearing one glittering expensive shoe, which they described to guests.

Sheila Zaricor Wilson was fashion show coordinator. Women dressed in black wore brightly colored wigs and modeled shoes on the catwalk.

Boys cool heels on Beale

"Jersey Boys" mingled with Memphis "boys and girls" at a fundraiser Saturday night at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Following the evening performance of "Jersey Boys" at The Orpheum, cast members chatted and posed for photos with audience members. Proceeds from the party will go toward the theater's educational programs.

Among the guests were three cast members who portray members of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons: Joseph Leo Bwarie (Frankie Valli), Matt Bailey (Tommy DeVito) and Ryan Jesse (Bob Gaudio).

Ryan said a trip to Graceland was planned for Sunday. Asked if he was an Elvis fan, Ryan said, "Who isn't?"

Elvis' confidence and "sexy swagger" were among the entertainer's attributes that "made him irresistible," Ryan said.

Wine tasting and art show

Ave Maria Foundation held its first Ave Maria Home and Southwestern Distributing Wine Tasting and Art Show Sunday evening at the Ave Maria Home.

Bobby Maupin from Southwestern Distributing described the wines. Rena Chiozza was the art curator.

Proceeds from the art show will benefit Ave Maria's Green House Project. One of two nursing homes at the facility will be torn down and a 40-apartment building will be constructed, said Lisa Bell, Ave Maria Foundation director of advancement.

Saturday night coronation

Carnival Memphis coronations continued Saturday night with the Grand Krewe of Ptah's festivities at Germantown's Great Hall.

"Phantom of the Opera" was the theme of the event, which introduced queen Janie Bailey and king Thomas Bledsoe to the audience. The princesses are Susan Angel, Gail Huey, Marti Marsh and Cindy Shaw. The Royal Guards are Don Angel, Mike Huey, Jack Marsh and Johnny Shaw. Henry Bailey is banner bearer. Pam Pittman is chairman.

The Grand Krewe of Ennead kicked off this year's coronations Jan. 23 at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis. Carolyn Mayo is queen and Andrew Anderson is king. The duchesses are Barbara Baker, Julie Eaves, Marion Marr and Laura Gaynette Price. The dukes are Joseph Chamoun, John Goodyear, Charles Perry and James Turner. Charles Crumby is the flag man. Marta Vinzant is chairman.

The eight-day "Carnival Week" will begin June 4 with the Crown and Sceptre Ball and will include numerous parties and charitable visits. The 2010 Children's Charities are KnowledgeQuest, Le Bonheur Foundation and Memphis Child Advocacy Center. The Krewes for Kids fundraiser will be April 24 at the University Club. Buddy Dearman is 2010 Carnival Memphis president.

Contact Michael Donahue at 529-2797 or e-mail donahue@commercialappeal.com

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