The Crystal Ball

The Crystal Ball

After a one-year hiatus, the Crystal Ball came back bigger and better! Under the direction of Brenda Whalley and her committee, the Jackson Symphony League presented a fabulous event that included a Champagne Reception, Silent Auction, Wine Pull, Diamond Martinis, Dinner and Dancing to the sounds of Juliet and the Romeos. Highlighting the evening was the presentation of eleven Senior Ambassadors who have served the Symphony for the past four years.

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The Good Life: Richmont Inn

The Good Life: Richmont Inn

Imagine a Smoky Mountains inn, hidden high atop an eleven-acre ridge, surrounded by the quiet beauty of a forest and the fresh mountain air, gourmet breakfasts served while you watch the morning mists and sunshine reveal the glory of the Smoky Mountains, complimentary coffee and dessert served each evening by romantic candlelight under the stars at this Smoky Mountain bed and breakfast, a décor of English antiques and French paintings, wood-burning fireplaces, spa tubs for two, beautiful music piped into your room, super plush canopy beds and sitting areas with splendid mountain views.

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Leadership Jackson Graduation

Leadership Jackson Graduation

The Jackson Leadership class of 2016 held their graduation ceremony at the Carl Grant Center on the Union University Campus. Leadership Jackson, the Chamber’s adult leadership development program, gives business professionals employed with companies that are chamber members the opportunity to better understand the community. Class members visited community landmarks, met with area leaders and participated in weekly sessions about critical subjects in Jackson-Madison County, including education, healthcare and government.

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West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation Charity Gala

West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation Charity Gala

The West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation’s Charity Gala is one of Jackson TN’s premier annual fundraising events. This year was the 27th anniversary of the event and took place on November 12th at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in historic downtown Jackson, TN. The Charity Gala benefits the Ayers Children’s Medical Center and Alice and Carl Kirkland Cancer Center. The affair is the Foundation’s largest annual fundraising event. Attendees were treated to a cocktail reception, silent auction, seated dinner, awards presentations, live music and dancing.

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The Art of Living: Phillip Ashley Chocolates

The Art of Living: Phillip Ashley Chocolates

What Kate Spade did for handbags and Christian Louboutin for women’s shoes, designer chocolatier, Phillip Ashley Rix is doing for chocolate—liberating it from the confines of tradition. He has been named one of the Best Chocolatiers and Confectioners in America by TasteTV, donned the “Real Life Willy Wonka” by Forbes magazine, and Local Palate magazine calls him “Memphis’ King of Chocolate.”

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West Tennessee Bridal Show

West Tennessee Bridal Show

Brides-to-be found all things needed to “Eat, Drink and Be Married” at the 2017 Bridal Show held on January 15. Approximately 82 vendors from across the Mid-South were under one roof at West Tennessee’s annual premier bridal show held at the Carl Perkins Civic Center. The annual bridal event showcased wedding products and services in multiple categories, providing plentiful resources.

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The Good Life: The Peabody Hotel

The Good Life: The Peabody Hotel

Nestled in the heart of downtown Memphis, The Peabody, which has a heritage of hospitality and luxury lodging, beckons local residents and travelers. It is a world unto itself. With a style and tradition befitting one of Memphis’ grandest, most legendary hotels, The Peabody Memphis offers a magnificent bridge between the “Blues City” celebrated past and cosmopolitan present. The historic Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond hotel offers a one-of-a-kind experience just blocks from Beale Street, the Memphis Rock’ n Soul Museum, the Gibson Guitar Factory, Fed-Ex Forum, Sun Studio, the gorgeous Orpheum Theatre and the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

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USJ Holiday Mart Preview Party

USJ Holiday Mart Preview Party

The Carl Perkins Civic Center hosted the 2016 USJ Holiday Mart Preview Party. Patrons began arriving early for a fun night of socializing, shopping and eating a variety of tasty foods. This is Jackson’s premier place for women to shop for themselves and family as we enter the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Many vendors were present from the Jackson area and there were many out-of-state vendors from as far away as Florida who came to our city to participate in the shopping extravaganza. The most intriguing aspect is the number of young families who have startup businesses.

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Art of Living: The Entertaining Cookbook

Art of Living: The Entertaining Cookbook

Just as the first volume of “The Entertaining Cookbook” has become a treasure for your cookbook collection, Volume 2 promises to be a trusted source you turn to time and again. This keepsake edition, compiled from tried-and-true favorites from the pages of “Southern Lady” magazine, contains complete menu and party ideas as well as some of their best recipes—all designed to ensure success in hosting gatherings grand and small. From inviting appetizers to delicious entrees to showstopping desserts, this volume will help make times shared around the table moments to remember for years to come.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Giant pink wooden ribbons adorned the lawn at The Ballpark for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. One hundred volunteers assisted over 2,000 people with their registrations to walk, making this event one of the largest and most successful walks ever held, raising approximately $120,000 for the American Cancer Society. More than 74 teams participated, creating a bond and camaraderie among the team members, all walking for one goal. Participants were encouraged to sign up, fundraise and walk in the noncompetitive, 3–5 mile walks.

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Jackson’s Finest Evening

Jackson’s Finest Evening

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recently held a dinner at the Jackson Country Club honoring Jackson’s Finest Young Professionals. Honorees had the responsibility of raising a minimum of $2,000 through ticket sales or sponsorships. Each honoree had their own web page where they could promote the event and solicit on-line donations and ticket sales. Honorees chosen were the most influential and successful young professionals in Jackson, and they had to exemplify servant leadership qualities and be active in volunteer roles. Twelve honorees were presented at Jackson’s Finest Evening. A delicious dinner was served and a silent auction rounded out the evening.

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