January 3, 2007
Mary Clay Brooks
Holidays spent with family and friends
Rusty Douglas of Houston, Texas, and daughter, Carly of Atlanta, Ga., along with Randy and William Douglas of Demopolis, Ala., were the holiday guests of Leigh and Dick Douglas. Charlie Douglas and children, Chandler and Caroline, of Starkville, snuck in a brief visit, as well, during the holidays.
William York of Atlanta, Ga., spent Christmas with his parents, Bill and Lockie York.
Alice Buchanan of Auburn, Ala., visited with her mother, Frances Buchanan, during the holidays.
Allen Crain of Atlanta, Ga., and Sarah Crain of Jackson, are in town for the holidays with their mother, Carey Crain.
Grace Dunlap of Birmingham, Ala., Thomas Dunlap of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Anna Dunlap of Oxford, were visitors of their mother, Suzanne Dunlap, during the holidays. While here, they also got to spend time with their grandmother, Nita Gilstrap, and many of their friends.
Meredith and Remy Collins, their mother Dana Jones, Grace Dunlap, and Linda Jones all went to East Prairie, Mo. for the weekend, to visit Linda’s sister, Jackie Presson.
Bea McCrosky of Jackson, met up with her brother, Alex McCrosky, for Christmas.
Vicki and Walter Webb hosted Carole Webb of Nashville, Tenn., Wesley Webb of Starkville, and Patrick and Mary Glen Carlton of Birmingham, Ala., for Christmas.
Margie Brown of Jackson, and Dabney Brown of Oxford, joined in celebrating Christmas with their mother, Margaret Brown, and sister, Lynn Brown. They also visited with their father, Gene Brown and grandfather, Big Gene Brown.
Happy birthday to Joanne Huff, who celebrated her birthday on Monday!
Carri Hutchens and daughters, Alison and Mary Catherine, Christie Scruggs and daughter Breanna, along with Terri Garrison and sons, Garrett and Christian Bailey, recently went to see the Nutcracker performed at the Memphis Orpheum. Afterwards, they enjoyed a wonderful meal together at the Spaghetti Warehouse.
Helene Doxey of Waveland was the week-long guest of Hallie Chatham. They had a wonderful time visiting during the holidays.
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Golf, dinner with Morgan Freeman highlights Crystal Ball auction
Golf and dinner with Morgan Freeman tops the list of outstanding auction items for the upcoming Crystal Ball. Freeman, who was honored at the event two years ago with the Northwest Mississippi Community Star Award, has contributed the outing to raise additional funds for the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. The gala is the foundation’s primary fundraiser to serve eight Northwest Mississippi counties, including Marshall.
Other auction items include tickets to the Oprah Winfrey show; a week in a magnificent 7 bedroom colonial home in historic San Miguel de Allende; a week in a fabulous Telluride, Colorado, home that comfortably sleeps 13 people with ski access right outside the door; a week of enjoyment at a Cabo San Lucas condo; a commissioned oil portrait; and many more special prizes.
Crystal Ball auction chairman Pat Nelson said, “We will have 100 items, thanks to a great committee and generous donors. There will be something for everyone to enjoy, and 100 percent of all auction payments go to the Community Foundation.”
Live and silent auctions will take place at the 8th annual Crystal Ball on Jan. 19 at the Arena at Southaven. The black-tie gala will honor Miss America Pageant chairman Sam Haskell and his actress and singer wife Mary Donnelly, who have raised more than $55 million for charitable causes, much of it in north Mississippi. Music will be furnished by the Como Opera Guild, Delta Blues Museum and Solid Gold. Tickets are $125 and may be purchased by contacting CommunityFoundation @CFNM.org or 449-5002.
Greg Taylor and Dr. Ishmell Edwards serve on the Community Foundation’s advisory board.
The high bid on the auction prize donated by Morgan Freeman will allow two lucky people to play nine holes of golf along the meandering Cassidy Bayou with Freeman and Bill Luckett at the Bayou Bend Country Club, the Jewel of the Delta, in beautiful Sumner, Mississippi.
After a round of golf, the two lucky people will be treated to dinner and drinks at Madidi with Freeman and Luckett. Madidi is located in Clarksdale, home of the blues and the famous Crossroads where the great blues guitarist, Robert Johnson, sold his soul to the devil so he could play the blues. Golf and dinner is subject to availability of the two hosts and will have to be coordinated with their schedules.
The Community Foundation is a public charity that, through the generosity of more than 500 donors, has contributed $2 million over the last four years to 200 nonprofit organizations in its eight-county region.
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