A Successful & Well-Attended Event

We look forward with joy and excitement to the in-person May 14, 2022 FedExFamilyHouse Gala at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee!

This premier event, which raises operational funds for FedExFamilyHouse, supports our mission of providing free lodging to patients and their families who travel from across the nation, and internationally, to Memphis, Tennessee to seek treatment at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.  

The FedExFamilyHouse Gala is one of the most successful and well-attended fundraisers in this region. This year's event will feature gourmet dining, fine wines, unique auction packages, live entertainment and dancing!  Plus, exclusive experiences and perks for Platinum and Leadership level sponsors. 

Because the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact our social experiences, we have reduced the number of sponsorships and tables available and expect this year's event to sell out quickly. To secure your spot, please click here to review sponsorship opportunities and make your selection by contacting Sandra Lewis at sandra.lewis@lebonheur.org or 901-347-6465.

Thank you for your meaningful support! 


Health & Well-Being Statement

We are following current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to help protect the health and well-being of 2022 FedExFamilyHouse Gala sponsors and guests. The Peabody Hotel and local and state health officials are helping us create the safest possible environment for our guests, as we support the work of FedExFamilyHouse.

If conditions change, we will adjust our plan. For now, we are working to protect our guests’ health in the following ways:

  • Ensuring all guests and volunteers are fully vaccinated prior to attending the event.

  • Reducing the number of guests and tables to create social distance.

  • Adjusting registration process to reduce crowds, lines and waiting.

  • Requiring event volunteers wear masks (pending local requirements).

  • Partnering with The Peabody to maintain their COVID-19 protocols of signage, sanitization stations and social distancing.

  • Continuing to seek expert advice from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities.


Gala Leadership & Committee Members

We want to thank our incredible event organizers who volunteer their personal time and resources to raise funds for FedExFamilyHouse.  We are honored to benefit from their tireless dedication to this event!

Event Lead and Chair Emeritus: Melinda Keathley

Production Lead and Chair Emeritus: Ed Coleman

FedExFamilyHouse Advisory Council Chair: Ken Frith

Sponsorships: Bobby Brown and Lisa Vinson

Live Auction: Stefanie Schwegman

Silent Auction: Kathy Ringler 

Light Up the House: Katie Franklin

Registration: Melinda Keathley and Jennifer Donaldson

Volunteers: Carol Guenther 

Platinum Reception: Bobbi Whaley Wheeler

Le Bonheur Foundation: Sandra Lewis, Kelly Douglass Blakely and Elizabeth Salton


The Susan Vielhaber Graf Volunteer Award

The Susan Vielhaber Graf Volunteer Award was established to recognize individuals or groups who have provided exceptional volunteer service to FedExFamilyHouse. This prestigious award was created to honor Susan’s vision, devotion, hard work and passion which helped build, establish and support this beautiful home-away-from-home.  Her volunteer hours and efforts have set the standard and paved the way for others to follow.

This annual recognition, presented each year at the FedExFamilyHouse Gala, is awarded to a recipient who emulates Susan’s volunteer efforts. This honor is hallmarked with a personalized, original sculpture created by award-winning Memphis artist, Yvonne Bobo, and is prominently displayed at FedExFamilyHouse.   

Past Honorees:

2013 – Susan Graf (when award was established)

2014 – Jeanine Watts

2015 – Peggy Cleary

2016 – Lisa Vinson

2017 – Dana Segel

2018 – Linda Hills

2019 – Ed Coleman

2020 – Doug Clavier

2021 – TBD