Our 30th annual Chefs' Celebrity Gala, presented by the Prentiss Foundation, was held Thursday, October 24, 2019. Our gala is always a great party and this year was extra-special.
Guests enjoyed an elegant evening of fine dining, dazzling entertainment, and purpose-driven fun. After savoring a gourmet dinner accompanied by professionally selected wines, Andy Childs and his band had everyone out on the dance floor with favorites for all generations. Our teddy bear surprises*, Fund-A-Need board, and silent auction added an exciting element to an already festive evening.
Over 500 guests attended Chefs’ Celebrity Gala and raised $250,000 to help children at the Memphis CAC. Thanks goes to our dedicated committee, headed by co-chairs Almida Smith and Georgia Smith. Our platinum sponsors include the Prentiss Foundation; AutoZone; M. Palazola Produce; Caesars Entertainment; Sysco Memphis and Committee Chair Emeritus Carol W. Prentiss. And we couldn't do it without our fun-loving celebrity servers, generous table and Heart of Gold sponsors, volunteers, and guests.
Teddy Bear Surprises
*Teddy Bear Surprises are a unique and popular part of the Chefs’ Celebrity Gala. Each adorable teddy bear comes with an envelope full of gift certificates and merchandise donated by local businesses and individuals. The bears sell for $250 and $500. Every year, the teddy bears sell out quickly and include items like jewelry, concert tickets, weekend vacations, and restaurant gift cards. Part of the fun is not knowing what you have purchased until you open the envelope! There is also a silent auction at the gala.
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Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to find out more details about Chefs' Celebrity Gala. You can also contact Su at shartline [at] MemphisCAC [dot] org or 901.888.4359 to learn more about the event.