Party Line: Radiothon kickoff

Celebrity waiters do their part for Rock 103's annual event benefiting Ronald McDonald House

Memphis celebrities, including basketball great Elliot Perry and WMC-TV anchor Joe Birch, participated in Celebrity Waiters Night last Tuesday at Buffalo Wild Wings on U.S. 64. The event kicked off the 20th annual Rock 103 Ronald McDonald House Radiothon.

The party, which included a wing-eating contest and a special broadcast featuring Rock 103 deejays John "Bad Dog" McCormack, Ric Chetter and Tim Spencer, also helped raise funds for the children and families of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis. The Radiothon will be broadcast Feb. 10 and 11 on Rock 103.

The Crystal Ball

Former Mississippi governor William Winter and his wife, Elise, were honored Saturday night at The Crystal Ball at the Arena at Southaven.

"Camelot" was the theme of the event, which each year benefits the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. The title of the evening was "A Night at Our Round Table."

About 900 attended this year's Crystal Ball, said Scott Hollis, who chaired the party with his wife, Natasha.

Also honored this year were Woman of the Year: Meg Bartlett, founder and chairwoman of the Como Historical Preservation Commission; Man of the Year: Jim Flanagan, president/CEO of the DeSoto County Economic Development Council; Business of the Year: First Tennessee Bank; and Nonprofit of the Year: The Baddour Center.

The Memphis Knights Big Band performed during dinner, and Kevin and Bethany Paige performed after the live auction.

Gold Tag Kickoff

Guests braved icy temperatures to attend Le Bonheur Club's Gold Tag Kickoff Art & Wine Party last Tuesday evening at Clark Opera Memphis Center.

The party featured art, fashion, food and music. Artists Dee Dee Gauthier and Pam Cobb showed their work along with art from DCI Gallery. Fashions from the Kitty Kyle Collection were informally modeled, A Moveable Feast did the catering, Great Wines provided the wines, and Sandra Miller played piano.

Artists who participated in the event gave 50 percent of the proceeds from sales of their work at the party to the Le Bonheur Club.

Amy Lindeman was chairman.

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

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