Chefs' Celebrity Gala

Our 30th annual Chefs' Celebrity Gala, presented by the Prentiss Foundation, is happening on Thursday, October 24, 2019. Our gala is always a great party and this year will be extra-special.

Guests enjoy an elegant evening of fine dining, dazzling entertainment, and purpose-driven fun. After savoring a gourmet multi-course dinner accompanied by professionally selected wines, Andy Childs and his band will have everyone out on the dance floor with favorites for all generations. Our teddy bear surprises*, Fund-A-Need board, and silent auction add an exciting element to an already festive evening.


Over 500 guests attended Chefs’ Celebrity Gala in 2018 and raised over $270,000 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; Holiday Inn University of Memphis; 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.

Help a Child. Be a Sponsor.

When you sponsor our gala, you're helping traumatized kids find safety and healing. Sponsors receive special mention in the printed program.

  • Table sponsorships are $3,000 for a table for 10 guests
  • Heart of Gold sponsorships start at $1,000

Call Su at 901-888-4359 to be a sponsor. Learn more here.


Promote Your Business Through the Gala

A great way to help is through the donation of gift certificates and merchandise for Teddy Bear Surprise gift packages and the silent auction. Silent auction packages often include unique merchandise and experiences with retail values greater than a teddy bear surprise. All individuals and businesses that donate items are mentioned in the printed program. Contact Lindsey at lburcham [at] memphiscac [dot] org to make a donation of goods or services.

Other Ways to Help

 Your financial gift to the gala helps traumatized kids find hope and healing. Click here to make a financial gift. Please put “gala” in the comments section.

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2018 Chefs' Celebrity Gala Photos

Check out photos of our 2018 gala on our Facebook page.