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Auction & Wine Tasting to Benefit SRVS Services for People with Disabilities

Star Staff Reports

srvs-sparkling-nights-logo-color0SRVS will host its signature fundraiser, Sparkling Nights Presented by the Spirit of SRVS, on August 20 at the Hilton Memphis from 7 to 11:30 p.m.  The 18th annual event is the city’s largest auction affair and wine tasting.  Presenting sponsors are Sedgwick and John and Wanda Barzizza.
This year, the event has been rebranded as “Sparkling Nights.”  Guests can expect to see a new event with dazzling lights and décor, and new VIP area.  Proceeds from the event will benefit SRVS and more than 1,000 children and adults with disabilities.  SRVS is a United Way of the Mid-South agency and the largest comprehensive service provider for people with disabilities in Tennessee.
The premier citywide auction event includes hundreds of silent auction items, a live auction, wine tastings from around the world, and food from Memphis’ favorite restaurants including DeJaVu, The Crescent Club, Soul Fish, Buckley’s, Mortimers, Half Shell, Lucchesi’s Ravioli and Pasta Company, Central BBQ, Off the Square and more. Representatives from wineries in the United States will be on hand to conduct wine tastings of national and international wines.
This year’s guest artist is FM100 Radio Personality Ron Olson whose painting, “Love,” will be auctioned as the event’s commemorative artwork.  Olson incorporated the brushstrokes of Ronnie Booker, who receives services from SRVS.  Olson is a local artist whose mix of multi-media and blues motifs has become a trademark of his work and sought after by local and regional buyers interested in the Memphis culture.
The new VIP area will be filled with a catered bar, food table and special reserved seating. VIP guests will be pampered with high end wines, spirits, gourmet foods and unique desserts. Executive Chef Stanley Gibson from the Crescent Club of Memphis will serve an eclectic sampling of his savory appetizers. Executive Chef AryenMoore-Alston, Chef-in-Residence for the Jay Uiberall Culinary Academy, Owner of Sweet Potato Baby and finalist in the Food Network’s Star Chef’s program, will serve a variety of her delectable desserts.
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Bobango are co-chairs of the event.  Mr. Bobango is an attorney at Farris Bobango Attorneys at Law.  He served on the Memphis City Council from 1996 to 2000 and formerly served as chairman of the Joint City and Shelby County Community Redevelopment Agency. He currently serves as President of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.  Appointed to the Tennessee Arts Commission in 2013, Lisa Bobango served on the Allocations Committee and Committee for Governor’s Arts Awards for the Commission throughout the 2014-2015 fiscal year. She also served as Vice-Chair for FY15-16.  She is an active community leader having served on the boards of the Memphis Literacy Council, the Junior League of Memphis, the Germantown Women’s Club, as past president of the Memphis Bar Auxiliary and former Sustainer Director for the Junior League of Memphis. Lisa and her husband are founding members of ‘Young at Art’ at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens and have supported the Orpheum Theater and ArtsMemphis.
Joe Birch, Jr., Evening News Anchor at WMC-TV, returns to emcee the event.  Vice-President of  Sales and Marketing at Mirimichi and  GuessFM Radio Personality Steve Conley will conduct the live auction.  Disc Jockey Eddie Kivelle will headline the entertainment which includes dancing and performances by the Company d dancers and SRVS Stars.  Ben Halvorson, a graduate of SRVS Kids & Families Play Do Learn inclusive preschool, will present his video called, “Ben’s Story.”
Bidding on silent auctions items will take place through a text to bid application.  Guests are encouraged to bring their cell phones to bid.
Tickets are $75 per person in advance until August 12 and $85 at the door.  VIP tickets are $125 and limited.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.spiritofsrvs.org or at SRVS PR/Development office at 3971 Knight Arnold Rd., Memphis, TN 38118. For more information about the event, contact Karen Dunn at Karen.dunn@srvs.org or 312-6853.

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