Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Young Dolph, Mustache Bash, Chris Pardo/Arrive Hotel, Memphis Cornhole Challenge

Posted By on Tue, Dec 10, 2019 at 5:05 PM

click to enlarge Young Dolph and Yours Truly at the turkey giveaway. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Young Dolph and Yours Truly at the turkey giveaway.

Thanksgiving was special for many people this year thanks to Young Dolph and Key Glock.

The two internationally-known Memphis rappers gave away turkeys and coats November 20th at Pine Hill Community Center.

A total of 275 turkeys and 265 coats were given away, says Young Dolph’s aunt, Rita Myers.

This is the seventh event where Young Dolph gave away turkeys, but it’s “the first one organized under the Ida Mae Family Foundation,” says Myers, who is board chairperson of the foundation, which was organized in 2019.

The late Ida Mae Thornton is Young Dolph’s grandmother. “We’re from Castalia Heights on the South side of Memphis,” Myers says. “What we do is address the needs of the residents of Castalia Heights and surrounding areas. My mother was very proud of her home and community in Castalia Heights. Young Dolph has always given back to the community. Around Thanksgiving time he always gives turkeys to residents in the community. And during during Christmas he always gives tennis shoes and coats to the community.”


The Ida Mae Foundation as a way to honor her mother, says Myers. “His grandmother was proud of him and raised him. Even in his songs, he talks a lot about his grandmother. We wanted to do something in her honor. Mainly because she was an elder. She was always giving to the community. She herself would transport older senior citizens to their doctor’s appointments. She was always giving back.”


This was the first year Key Glock participated in the event, Myers says. “He’s from Pine Hill, so that’s the reason we went to Pine Hill. That’s the community he’s from. And he was giving away the coats.”

The Ida Mae Foundation is not stopping with turkeys and coats, Myers says. A “senior citizen pamper day” is slated for April.

Myers also wants to do a two day conference for students in South Memphis schools so they can learn “financial literacy.” They will learn how to manage their money and how to apply for college.

Myers, a higher education administrator, says, “I was a dean of students at historic black colleges and universities, including Clark in Atlanta, Lincoln University in Lincoln University, Penn., and Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. “I’m very big on higher education. We’ll help them fill out applications for college. Prepare them for college and prepare for a life after high school.”

click to enlarge Young Dolph and his aunt, Rita Myers.
  • Young Dolph and his aunt, Rita Myers.
click to enlarge Key Glock with Jake, host of DripHop Podcast.
  • Key Glock with Jake, host of DripHop Podcast.
Videographer @ithinkethan was among those attending the Young Dolph/Key Glock turkey/coat giveaway.
  • Videographer @ithinkethan was among those attending the Young Dolph/Key Glock turkey/coat giveaway.


click to enlarge Chris Pardo - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • MIchael Donahue
  • Chris Pardo

You’ve got to like a guy who wears a suit made of the same material as the drapes in a hotel he designed to a party where he’s one of the honorees.

Chris Pardo, a world-renowned architect, was the architect for the new Arrive Hotel on South Main. Pardo, who also is owner and co-founder of Arrive, wore a custom-made suit with a gold-and-red pattern, which matched the drapes in the hotel’s poker room, and a pair of Taft boots at the hotel’s grand opening party, which was held November 8th.

“It was the left over drape material from the poker room,” Pardo says. “Festari of Houston made it for me.”

You’ve also got to like a guy who made such a gracious speech at the same party. He talked about the late Phil Trenary, former Greater Memphis Chamber CEO/president, who was killed September, 2018.

“Today is a happy occasion,” Pardo told the gathering in the hotel’s lobby. “It’s meaningful to me in so many ways. Celebrating Memphis, celebrating years of hard work, celebrating becoming a contributing part of the community for years to come. But I would be remiss not to talk about the person that made Memphis feel like home to me, made me believe in Memphis, made me love Memphis, and, in the end, preach Memphis.

“Phil Trenary wasn’t just the president of the chamber of commerce to me. Phil was my friend. It’s true he was the biggest cheerleader of Memphis. I have never met a man in any city that loved their town more. Phil lived and breathed this in every statement, every action, every thought he had.

“Phil loved this city. Memphis adopted him and he adopted it. I feel incredibly lucky that Phil also adopted me. Phil didn’t just offer me advice nor try to pitch our business. Phil offered friendship. I think that’s the most important thing Phil really did. He didn’t see people for what they do, who they are, or what they could offer. He saw them as people. I feel so lucky that I had the honor to call him my friend.”

Trenary, Pardo said, “was instrumental in Arrive opening here in Memphis,”

And, Pardo told the guests, “I want to dedicate this project to my friend, Phil Trenary and to the city of Memphis, which he loved.”

click to enlarge City Councilman Frank Colbert Jr., Chris Pardo, Montgomery Martin, Jennifer Oswalt, and Ezra Callahan at Arrive Hotel grand opening. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • City Councilman Frank Colbert Jr., Chris Pardo, Montgomery Martin, Jennifer Oswalt, and Ezra Callahan at Arrive Hotel grand opening.


click to enlarge Chris Coleman - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • MIchael Donahue
  • Chris Coleman

Back in the day, firefighters wore mustaches to help filter out smoke when they went into burning buildings, says Stephen Zachar of the Memphis Fire Department.

Now, they grow mustaches during the month of November for the annual Mustache Bash.

This year’s event, which was held November 29th at Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Cordova, drew 350 people, says Zachar, who hosted the annual event with Jensen Pilant, who is with the Bartlett Fire Department.

The late Chris Coleman, who was a member of the Memphis Fire Department, won the contest. The firefighters entered a photo of the mustachioed Coleman from last year’s Mustache Bash, where he was a runner-up. “He was upset last year he didn’t win it,” Zachar says.

Coleman, who was 36, died last July. Firefighters entered him in this year’s contest “as a surprise.”

A total of $7,000 was raised for Coleman’s family at this year’s Mustache Bash. Another $3,000 was raised for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.


click to enlarge Doc Chief Chris Wilson, division chief Hope Lloyd, Stephen Zachar, director Gina Sweat, division chief Colin Buress at Mustache Bash. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Doc Chief Chris Wilson, division chief Hope Lloyd, Stephen Zachar, director Gina Sweat, division chief Colin Buress at Mustache Bash.
click to enlarge Stephen Zachar and Jensen Pilant at Mustache Bash. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Stephen Zachar and Jensen Pilant at Mustache Bash.
click to enlarge Caitlin and Jason Motte at Memphis Cornhole Challenge. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • MIchael Donahue
  • Caitlin and Jason Motte at Memphis Cornhole Challenge.

More than $48,000 was raised for the West Cancer Center at this year’s Memphis Cornhole Challenge, which was held November 9th at The Columns.

‘It was not our biggest year, but really close,” says Caitlin Motte, who co-hosts the event with her husband, former Major League baseball player Jason Motte. The event is held on behalf of the Jason Motte Foundation, which benefits people affected by all types of cancer.

Here's how you play cornhole:

Two teams throw bean bags at holes in a board 27 feet away. If they go in the hole, they score points. And you have to get to 21 or win by two points.


click to enlarge Members of the University of Memphis Tigers baseball team assisted at Memphis Cornhole Challenge. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Members of the University of Memphis Tigers baseball team assisted at Memphis Cornhole Challenge.


click to enlarge "Whiskey, Wine & Dine," which benefited Special Olympics Greater Memphis, was a family affair for participating chef Erling Jensen, chef/owner of Erling Jensen: The Restaurant. His wife, Jaquila, and their son, Blake were at the event, which was held November 8th at Tower   Center in Clark Tower. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • MIchael Donahue
  • "Whiskey, Wine & Dine," which benefited Special Olympics Greater Memphis, was a family affair for participating chef Erling Jensen, chef/owner of Erling Jensen: The Restaurant. His wife, Jaquila, and their son, Blake were at the event, which was held November 8th at Tower Center in Clark Tower.
click to enlarge Melanie Pafford, who co-founded Streetdog Foundation with her husband, Kent, was at Streetdog's recent Howl at the Moon fundraiser at The Warehouse. - 4 - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Melanie Pafford, who co-founded Streetdog Foundation with her husband, Kent, was at Streetdog's recent Howl at the Moon fundraiser at The Warehouse.4
click to enlarge Daniel Carson, Bobbie, and Johanna Wayland-Smith at the Jo Wayland-Smith Art at  The Memphis Flyer's Crafts & Drafts. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Daniel Carson, Bobbie, and Johanna Wayland-Smith at the Jo Wayland-Smith Art at The Memphis Flyer's Crafts & Drafts.


click to enlarge John Robinette held an exhibition of his paintings at ANF Architects. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • John Robinette held an exhibition of his paintings at ANF Architects.

                                             WE SAW YOU AROUND TOWN

click to enlarge Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard with Kania Taylor and Ryan Marsh at Moxy Hotel. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • MIchael Donahue
  • Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard with Kania Taylor and Ryan Marsh at Moxy Hotel.
   

click to enlarge Will Coleman at Gibson's Donuts. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • MIchael Donahue
  • Will Coleman at Gibson's Donuts.
click to enlarge Mason Granger and Kim Hendrew in town from New York dined on Lacy Special at Little Tea Shop. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • Michael Donahue
  • Mason Granger and Kim Hendrew in town from New York dined on Lacy Special at Little Tea Shop.
click to enlarge Attorney Steve Farese at LIttle Tea Shop. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • MIchael Donahue
  • Attorney Steve Farese at LIttle Tea Shop.
click to enlarge Jon Brewi, Devin Faletto, and Kyle Baker at Celtic Crossing. - MICHAEL DONAHUE
  • MIchael Donahue
  • Jon Brewi, Devin Faletto, and Kyle Baker at Celtic Crossing.

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