Hometowne Florist of Somerville creatively adorned bamboo, harvested in Fayette County, using birds of paradise, anthurium and other exotic flora for a tropical entrance at A Night of Southern Elegance – A Tropical Affair benefiting Fayette Cares. More than 500 guests and volunteers joined this party with a purpose in support of efforts to end homelessness, break the cycle of domestic violence, and to provide stability for families in crisis.
Rapid fire bidding could have caused auctioneer Dwight Jones of R.J Auctions to have whip lash as bids flew across the room for vacation getaways, hunting trips, even diamonds. Although live and silent auction items were exciting, the contributions made for Fayette Cares Fund-A-Need and Shelter Naming rights were deeply heartwarming. For 2016 Memphis Contract Packaging/Softee will hold the honor of naming the Fayette Cares Supportive Housing units, while Russel and Cindi Rutledge will be able to name the emergency shelter units.
Hundreds of donors, sponsors, and volunteers made valuable contributions throughout the event to assure families in need find hope at Fayette Cares. Making the event possible are tremendous sponsors including Diamond Sponsor Town of Oakland, Platinum Sponsor Ring Companies, Gold Sponsors Dave & Kathy Liebetreu, Entertainment Sponsor Memphis Contract Packaging/Softee, Silver Sponsors Allied Pest Control, Fayette Janitorial Service, LLC and Shoemaker Financial and Wine Wall Sponsor Renaissance Realty.
Major in-kind sponsors also providing substantial support include Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals, Memphis Shades, The Stellar Cellar Wine & Spirits, Central Distributors, Hometowne Flowers, Simply Delicious Caterings, Konica Minolta, The Fayette Falcon, and Journal West 10.
Photos courtesy of Joey Murchison, Murchison Photographywww.murchisonphotography.com
Pictured form left are Tina Glover and daughter Jennifer Glover of Hometowne Flowers of Somerville, TN who impressed guests with spectacular tropical décor.
Fun was had by all at A Night of Southern Elegance benefiting Fayette Cares. From left are Fayette Cares Event Chairperson Marilyn Kain, volunteer Mary Sue McFarland, and longtime supporter Terry Renoux.
Almost Famous performed a marathon of non-stop party favorites packing the dancefloor from the first song to the last. Pictured is lead singer Scot Sundry.
Mayor Chris Goodman and his lovely wife Gena enjoyed the festivities as the Town of Oakland supported the cause as an Event Diamond Sponsor.