33rd Annual Gala


Mark your calendar! Our 33rd Annual Gala is happening, live and in-person, on Thursday, October 27, 2022. Our NEW location is the freshly renovated, centrally located Hilton Memphis, at 939 Ridge Lake Boulevard, near Poplar and I-240.


Through two years of a challenging pandemic, and two virtual galas, gala magic is stronger than ever! We’re bringing back all the things we love: an elegant ballroom, an exceptional multi-course dinner, live music, and livelier dancing. And, of course, Teddy Bear Surprises and a silent auction!


When you support our gala, you help a hurting child find safety and healing. Watch our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages for the latest information.

Table Sponsorship

Table sponsorship is a wonderful way to entertain friends, business associates, and family. You may sponsor a table of ten for $3,000. We encourage you to volunteer your talents as a “Celebrity Server” for your table or recruit two friends. Or great servers can be arranged for you. Celebrity servers add an extra level of fun and excitement to your group. As always, your sponsorship guarantees a memorable evening spent with friends, old and new, all to support the kids we serve. Secure your table online.


Other sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Tiffany Hoggan, 901-888-4383 or thoggan@MemphisCAC.org for information.

Teddy Bear Surprises

Teddy Bear Surprises are a unique and popular part of Gala. Each package is filled with gift certificates, event tickets, and merchandise. Part of the fun is not knowing what items will be in your gift package. Teddy Bear Surprises always sell out quickly.

Contact Tiffany Hoggan at thoggan@MemphisCAC.org to learn how you can donate items for Teddy Bear Surprises.

Host Committee 

Rachel Catalani | Dr. Robin Hobbs & Patrick Trey Carter III | Susan Lawless-Glassman & Richard Glassman | Markie Maloof & Dave Scott | Gabe McGaha | Deborah Northcross | Judy & Jim Prentiss Jr. | Tori & Daniel Roberson | Betsy & Richard Shaw | Dr. Michelle Taylor | Rebekka Freeman Terrell | Cathy & Craig Weiss

Thank You to Last Year's Gala Sponsors and Supporters

Our 32nd annual gala, "Gala with a Twist", raised over $200,000 for the children at the Memphis CAC in 2021. 


Over 60 businesses and individuals donated hundreds of items for our auction and Teddy Bear Surprises. Despite being online, our Teddy Bear Surprises sold out quickly (as usual!) and we had one of our most active auctions ever. Guests were delighted with the generous prizes included with their purchase of a cuddly teddy bear and the one-of-a-kind special auction offerings.

Gala with a Twist was made possible by Platinum sponsors The Prentiss Foundation, Carol W. Prentiss, Caesars Entertainment, Sysco, and M. Palazola Produce. And we couldn’t do it without our 45 Event and Heart of Gold sponsors, volunteers, and guests. We were grateful for the donated charcuterie boxes, desserts, and wine that helped us thank our sponsors in style. Thanks, as always, to our dedicated gala committee and Almida Smith for her leadership.

Gala With A Twist Sponsors 2021

Thanks to our generous sponsors who helped make the Chefs’ Celebrity Gala, Gala with a Twist, a big success!


Platinum Sponsors

Caesars Entertainment

M. Palazola Produce Co.

The Prentiss Foundation

Carol W. Prentiss



Heart of Gold Sponsors

Becky and Alan Bridgmon

Thomas F. Clark

Thomas J. Clark

Fitz Casino & Hotel

Yolanda Guerrero

Richard Harruff

Hyde Family Foundation

The Lilly Company


Carol Prentiss


Event Sponsors

Adams Keegan

Annette and Lee Askew

Atlas Coatings, Inc.

Teresa and Jeff Barnes

Paula and Steven Boggs

Caesars Entertainment

Central Defense Staffing

First Horizon

Vail and Alan Gates

Gerber Taylor

Annette Hamilton

Rhynette Hurd

Dorothy Kirsch

Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance

Joyce Mollerup and Bob Buckman

Nabers Interiors

Deborah Northcross

Paragon Bank

Jerry and Nina Patton Family Foundation

Lori M. Patton

Carol Prentiss

Jim Prentiss Jr.

Prentiss Grands

Peggy Reeve

Amy and Bill Rhodes

Cathy Ross

Betsy and Richard Shaw

Almida and Greg Smith

Spaces Group

Rita Sparks

Supply Chain Solutions LLC


Tower Ventures

Gwen and Dexter Tutor

Walker & Walker Enterprises

Watkins Uiberall

Wright Investments