Chefs' Celebrity Gala

On Thursday, November 1, 2018, over 500 community leaders and guests at our Chefs’ Celebrity Gala were treated to an elegant evening of fine dining, dazzling entertainment, and purpose-driven fun. After enjoying a gourmet multi-course 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 very festive evening. The bottom line? We raised over $270,000 to help children at the Memphis CAC! 


The gala is our most successful fundraiser of the year. 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; FORKLIFTS ETC; 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. Gift certificates for goods and services donated by local businesses and individuals are placed inside envelopes attached to adorable teddy bears. The bears sell for $250, $500 and $1,000. Every year the Teddy Bears sell out quickly and include items like jewelry, travel vouchers, weekend vacations, and restaurant gift certificates. 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. Heart of Gold sponsorships start at $1,000. Table sponsorships are $3,000 for a table of 10. Fund-a-need donations begin at $50. Call Su at 901-888-4359 to learn more about sponsorships. 

Promote Your Business Through the Gala

We are accepting donations of gift certificates for restaurants, shops and services that are suitable for inclusion in our Teddy Bear Surprise packages or silent auction (see below for information on Teddy Bear Surprises). Call Su at 901-888-4359 to make an in-kind donation to the gala.

Other Ways to Help

Couldn't come to the gala? Your financial gift helps traumatized kids find hope and healing. Click here to make a financial gift through the gala. 


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Check out photos of the event on our Facebook page.