Chefs' Celebrity Gala

Chefs' Celebrity Gala

2021  Gala Clark Province   Watkins Uiberall

Gala with a Twist | October 28 – 31, 2021

Our 32nd annual Chefs’ Celebrity Gala raised over $200,000 for the children at the Memphis CAC. Instead of our traditional in-person fundraiser, guests showed their support for kids by going online to our “Gala with a Twist,” held October 28 – 31, 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.

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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.

Plans are underway to bring back our traditional gala in 2022. We hope you’ll join us! 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.

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Teddy Bear Surprises

Teddy Bear Surprises are a unique and popular part of the Chefs’ Celebrity Gala. Part of the fun is not knowing what items will be in your gift package. Thirty-nine lucky guests bought a Teddy Bear Surprise before they sold out on Gala with a Twist!

Contact Tiffany Hoggan at thoggan [at] MemphisCAC [dot] org to learn how you can donate items for Teddy Bear Surprises in 2022.

Other Ways to Help Kids

Your financial gift to the gala helps traumatized kids find hope and healing. Visit our donation page to make a financial gift. Please write “gala” in the comments section.


Thanks to our generous sponsors who are helping 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

Thanks to our generous donors.

Annette Askew | Amy Wells Designs | Auto Pro, Inc. | The Beauty Shop Restaurant | Big Splash Adventure | Blue Honey Bistro | Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Buff City Soap | Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous | Chico’s | Club Windward | Corky’s Ribs & BBQ | Elwood’s Shack | Escapology Memphis TN | Firebirds Wood Fired Grill | Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House | French Lick Resort | Ghost River Brewery & Taproom | Susan & Richard Glassman |Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park | Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari |Huey’s | Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis | Incredible Pizza Memphis | Bob & Joyce Keskey | Libro at Laurelwood | Malco Theatres | Massage Therapy by DLC | Memphis Made Brewing Co. | MoSH - Memphis Museum of Science & History | Memphis Zoo | Nabers Interiors | North Berkeley Imports | One & Only BBQ | The Peabody Memphis | Perkins Restaurant & Bakery | Playhouse on the Square | Poke World Bubble Tea & Ice Cream| Betsy Shaw |Stax Museum of American Soul Music| Nancy Williams | Voodoo Café & Food Truck

Thank you to our generous florists: Garden District, L & jay Productions, Holliday Flowers and Events, and Payton Perfect Designs.