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Sports Ball party about fun and ‘a purpose’

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The 16th Annual Sports Ball benefiting Big Brothers and Sisters of Greater Memphis added another year of evidence to the idea of partying with a purpose at Minglewood hall on Saturday night.

A near capacity crowd showed up and most partygoers were dressed in suits and dresses adorned with sneakers, which has become a Sports Ball tradition.

Games for grown ups were ample, including casino tables that featured blackjack and roulette. There were video games, complementary beverages and food aplenty.

Auctions are a big part of the fundraising effort. Expensive wines, memorabilia from Stax, and portraits and autographed items from various celebrities were all in the mix.

The main auction featured these prized items: front row Grizzlies tickets, Red Bird tickets, driving and riding in a NASCAR vehicle, and a vacation in a California vineyards for a week.

The primary purpose of the event is to raise money for the children, meaning the night's biggest beneficiaries are the children.