Big Wig Ball, Recording Academy, Old Dominick Distillery and Hole-in-One

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Jeremy and Sky McEwen and Nichole and Peter Stein at Big Wig Ball. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Jeremy and Sky McEwen and Nichole and Peter Stein at Big Wig Ball.

Liza Routh could be considered one of the bigwigs at the Big Wig Ball.

“I was on the committee the first year we did it,” she said. “And then I chaired it for two years.”

Routh and Kyle Cannon were co-chairs at this year’s event, which was held June 23 at Annesdale Mansion.

The fundraiser, which drew 250 people, benefits Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Most of the guests wore some type of wig.

Routh wore a big wig, one of the many she owns.

“I get a new one every year and I’ve collected a lot of other ones over time. We’ve passed a bunch of them around to friends each year. So, I have a big wig collection.”

Her husband, Stephen, also wears a wig each year. “He probably has six to seven men’s wigs.”

Richard Hightower and Richard Saigeon at Old Dominick dinner - MICHAEL DONAHUE
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  • Richard Hightower and Richard Saigeon at Old Dominick dinner

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Corn is one of the ingredients in the whiskey and vodka made at Old Dominick Distillery. It also was an ingredient in the dishes served at a special dinner, held June 23 at the distillery on Front Street.


Chefs from restaurants owned by Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman served corn-inspired cuisine to 150 guests at five stations on the first and second floors.

Listing the restaurants and what they served Catherine and Mary’s chef de cuisine Ryan Jenniges said Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen served polenta stuffed with porcini and corn, Porcellino’s Craft Butcher served Roman gnocchi made from cornmeal, Hog & Hominy served tarragon creamed corn and Catherine and Mary’s served braised corned beef on a savory corn pancake.


Dessert was the corn-less chocolates provided by Phillip Ashley Chocolates.


Old Dominick sales director Clark Schifani described the event as “a friends and family dinner” for Old Dominick and D. Canale & Co. Another purpose was to announce the partnership between Old Dominick and Ticer and Hudman. The chefs will operate the distillery’s restaurant, which is slated to open in late November or early December.

The dinner kicked off the distillery’s celebration weekend, which included “Memphis Spirit Returns,” held June 19. About 800 attended that event, which featured cuisine from area chefs, Schifani said.


Sam Barnett, Brandon Abraham, Jennifer Jones, Lilz Chiozza and Lee Chiozza at St. Louis Catholic Church Men's Club's Hole in One Charity Festival - MICHAEL DONAHUE
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  • Sam Barnett, Brandon Abraham, Jennifer Jones, Lilz Chiozza and Lee Chiozza at St. Louis Catholic Church Men's Club's Hole in One Charity Festival
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Bailey Childress was the big winner at this year’s St. Louis Men’s Club Hole-In-One Festival, which began on Father’s Day and ended June 24 on the grounds of St. Louis Catholic Church.

He accumulated the most points, which meant he won the Cardinal Cup. This is the first time the cup has been awarded at the event, said the event’s fundraising chair Wes Kraker.

It’s no surprise Childress won; he’s a consistent winner at the event, which benefits St Louis school's athletic, Scouting and youth programs and the Blue Streak Scholarship Fund for students in the Jubilee Schools.

Each night, golfers try to win cash and prizes after they make shots closest to the hole. Qualifying golfers take part in the Mercedes-Benz of Memphis-sponsored shoot-out for cars. The top 10 golfers who accumulated the most points during the week took part in the million dollar shoot-out on the last night of the event. The top golfer wins the Cardinal Cup.

The Hole-In-One is close to Childress’s heart. He participated in the tournament immediately after he and his wife, Keely, were married. “We got married at St. Louis the last night of the Hole-In-One four years ago," he said. "Since I played college golf, the groomsmen and I came down and hit golf balls before we went to the reception.”

Their son, Jackson, was born one year on “the first day of the Hole-In-One. Father’s Day.”

And Childress won a car. “I hit a hole in one for the car the same year Jackson was born.”

He won a Ford Focus, but traded it for a gray Ford F 150 truck.

Coming in second, third and fourth were Austin Bennett, David Moran and Frank Lewis.

I.  B. Dat Guy and Keelyn Ellis at Recording Academy Memphis Chapter's  Memphis Membership Celebration. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
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  • I. B. Dat Guy and Keelyn Ellis at Recording Academy Memphis Chapter's Memphis Membership Celebration.

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If you wanted to rub shoulders with some of Memphis’s music greats, the Recording Academy Memphis Chapter’s Membership Celebration was the place to be. Al Kapone, Frayser Boy, John Paul Keith and Matt Ross-Spang were on hand at the event, held June 19 at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education.

Performances were by Don Bryant and the Bo-Keys, Julien Baker and Marco Pave and Alfred Banks.

“The is the chapter’s largest annual event,” said event publicist Elizabeth Cawein. “It’s an opportunity for the chapter members - the chapter stretches from New Orleans to St. Louis - to get together. Then we also do live performances and we screen music videos. Share the latest music that’s coming out of the chapter. In year’s past we’ve done listening parties. It's a great opportunity to network and catch up."


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