Party Line: Second Chance Prom time-travels to assist Neighborhood School

Paul and Amanda LeMay went to  the Second Chance Prom Saturday Night at Minglewood Hall.

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Paul and Amanda LeMay went to the Second Chance Prom Saturday Night at Minglewood Hall.

It was big hair and spiky pumps for some women and mullets and checkered Vans for some men -- along with dated formal attire -- at the Second Chance Prom on Saturday night at Minglewood Hall.

Guests, most of whom were in their late 20s and early 30s, dressed in their '80s best at the fundraiser for The Neighborhood School.

Posters of identifiably '80s celebrities, including Corey Haim and Heather Locklear, were among the decorations. Guests quickly remembered their old prom poses for the formal photo portrait sessions taken by Michael Thompson Jr.

Twin Soul played the right songs, including "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "I Love Rock 'n' Roll."

To see a video of the Second Chance Prom, go to

There's a bug in my food!

"Who would like to try some red beans and yikes?" asked Jayme Necaise at Friday night's opening reception for the Harry's Big Adventure: My Bug World! exhibit presented by Terminix at the Children's Museum of Memphis.

"Yikes" apparently is a more appealing word for "poached wax worms," one of the main ingredients in the dish. Wax worms are moth larvae that live in beehives and eat wax.

Jayme had some takers. He also had takers for the roasted crickets, which, he said, have a "very nutty flavor" similar to sunflower seeds.

Director of animal and visitor programs at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans, Jayme was one of the special guests at the reception. Another was DiVine, the Living Vine. The more than 9-foot-tall leafy "vine" that slowly walked with great strides among the guests really was the diminutive Angel Noele.

When they weren't posing for photos with DiVine, engaging in the cricket spitting contest or rooting for roaches in the roach race, guests drank green lemonade and ate cupcakes made to look like -- bugs, of course.

The exhibit runs through June 13.

'Thanks' to Le Bonheur

Chef Joe Ziparo and his wife, Kristen, donated all the food, including miniature Beef Wellingtons and Shrimptinis (jumbo shrimp, legumes, mango and raspberry mango mignonette) for Thursday night's VIP reception for the new Women's and Children's Pavilion at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital.

You could call it a "thank you gift."

Kristen came to the hospital 18 weeks pregnant with twins, said Joe, who, with his wife, are the owners of Ziparo's catering company in Germantown. She ended up staying three months and one day. If it wasn't for the help they got at Methodist, the twins wouldn't have survived birth because of immaturity, Joe said.

The twins --Maximus and Xavier -- now are 22 months old.

Donating the food is "the way we can give back," Joe said. "We have two walking, talking miracles in our life every day."

Dotsie Graham and her husband, John D. Glass, also are fans of the hospital. They donated the Henry F. Miller grand piano in the Pavilion in memory of Dotsie's mother, Dorothy C. Graham, who was a patient at the hospital. "It's a great way to remember her," Dotsie said. "She loved piano music."

Rene Koopman played the piano during the reception.

'Heartist' at 98

Mahaffey White, 98, continued her tradition of making heart art for the Works of Heart Valentine Auction.

Mahaffey, who was at the auction Saturday night at Memphis College of Art, made one of her miniature chess sets. She made the tiny clay figures, baked them and placed them on the heart-shaped board.

The party, a benefit for the Child Advocacy Center, featured heart-themed artwork created by more than 100 artists. The artists, known as "Heartists," are given a piece of heart-shaped wood for inspiration. They don't have to use the wooden heart. Jonathan Postal and his wife, Mary Long-Postal, made a television set with a pin-up girl on the screen. Hakon Jacobsen, who attended with Jennifer Coffey, was high bidder on the TV. Hakon's heart was set on a piece of non-heart-shaped art.

Meet and greet's top seed

Tennis star Maria Sharapova was the special guest at Cellular South's meet and greet Sunday at the Racquet Club of Memphis. Maria is the No. 1 seed in the Cellular South Cup now going on at the club. She and fellow tournament players answered questions and posed for photographs.

Among those attending were Jim Richmond, Dave Miller, Jackie and Chris Dockery, Gray Fiser, Grant Joiner, Kate Seabrook, Rick Vollmer, Richard Vollmer and Stephen Signaigo and his brother, Matt Signaigo.

Ties go for St. Jude

Men took the catwalk wearing neck-ties at the Aces in Ties fashion show and auction fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Friday at the Racquet Club of Memphis.

Accompanied by St. Jude patients, models, including PGA golf champ Shaun Micheel, WMC-TV news anchor Joe Birch and Dr. Susan Murrmann, wore one-of-a-kind-ties designed by St. Jude exclusively for the auction. Restaurateur Erling Jensen wore his tie over his white chef's jacket.

A total of $16,500 was raised, said Susan Hedgepeth, who co-chaired the event with Kelly Luckett.

Contact Michael Donahue at 529-2797 or e-mail

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