It's not Vegas without a showgirl! Ours was Joy Riddle.
We said on the invitation that what happened in Mox Vegas might end up on the Blue Streak. And, sure enough!
The 21st annual Moxley Carmichael mid-winter client party was last Friday. And, in case you were ever wondering what it would be like to get over 300 extroverts in one place at the same time, this was a prime example. Unbelievable as it seems, our little public relations company is 21 years old this year. And what do folks do when they turn 21? They head to Vegas, baby! In this case, Mox Vegas!
We transformed our office in the historic Miller’s Building into a Vegas hot spot complete with a beautiful showgirl. About half the folks were dying to get their picture made with her. The other half wouldn’t have been caught dead in a picture with her. Ha.
The Tom Johnson Trio played old standards like you might have heard in Vegas back in the day and Samuel Franklin decorated our offices in suitable fashion with playing cards, dice and roulette wheels. Caterer extraordinaire Holly Hambright delivered not only a sushi bar — a repeat performance from last year when it was such a hit — but an array of hearty edibles including Mandalay Bay shrimp cocktail, Mox Vegas Strip steak sandwiches and double down deviled eggs, among other things.
The signature drink — a Royal Flush — was a hit. Created by The Pour Guys, our bartending service, it was made of Crown Royal, cranberry juice and peach schnapps. I asked for just a sip so I could test it out and then quickly said, “Fill it up!” It was that good.
I think we had a quorum of City Council and County Commission members, but no business was conducted. Although, we sure had enough media here to avoid violating the Sunshine Law.
Here are just a few of our photos. To see more, click here to go to our Facebook photo album. Enjoy.
Alan Carmichael, my husband, pretends not to look at our showgirl! Also in the photo: Leanna Belew of Visit Knoxville, with whom we work promoting our great client the Knoxville Convention Center.
And you thought Home Federal was the conservative bank! Here Debra Smith and Dale Keasling, Home Federal execs, show what good sports they are!
David Butler, executive director of the Knoxville Museum of Art, and Mary Bogert, general manager of the Knoxville Convention Center. I think she's as pretty as any showgirl, don't you?
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett was on hand. Here he is with Scott Barker, editorial page editor for the News Sentinel.
We had TV people, too! Here is Realtor John Griess, left, with Moira Kay, Abby Ham and Jeff Lee, all of WBIR-TV.
Steve Hunley, left, publisher of the Knox Focus, with Patrick Birmingham, publisher of the News Sentinel. See how the Mox Car party brings everyone together?
Here's another example: Erin Donovan from WBIR, left, with Lena Sadiwskyj, vice prez of news and operations at WVLT-TV.
Yep. That's where we were.
They can't say they weren't warned!
State Sen. Becky Massey with Carl Koella, whose father was a state senator, as well.
Kreis Beall, left, and Sarah Rau of Blackberry Farm with Maestro Lucas Richman of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. They classed up the place!
Our senior account exec Lauren Christ shows off the neat cooler our friends at Cherokee Distributing gave us to use as a door prize. It was filled with tasty -- and thirst-quenching -- Cherokee products.
Who better to draw for the door prize winner than Municipal Judge John Rosson, pictured here with you-know-who.
Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill, pictured here with his wife, Marianne, was the lucky door prize winner! Congrats, Mayor!
Here's one of our cute bouquets.
Shrimp is a trademark of Moxley Carmichael client parties. We called these Mandalay Bay Shrimp to go with the theme.
Mox Vegas Strip steak sandwiches were gobbled up.
A beautiful assortment of eggs
OK. Back to the people shots.
Former mayor and current City Councilman Dan Brown and his wife, Cathy.
Kim Bumpas, head of Visit Knoxville, and City Councilman Nick Pavlis
City Councilman Finbarr Saunders, left, with Carolyn and Dick Moran
Ellen Robinson and Peter Acly stopped by before going on to the Knoxville Opera performance of "The Girl of the Golden West." Ha. Love.
Here's Ellen again on the left with Erin Donovan, Jeff Cupp and Tim Young. Tim is CEO of longtime Moxley Carmichael client Summit Medical Group, the largest primary care doctors' group in East Tennessee.
Gary Bentley, left, Moxley Carmichael client Scott Branscom of Grace Construction, and County Commissioner R. Larry Smith.
Sevier County hotelier Ken Maples, left, with Federal Judge Tom Varlan.
Our friends Courtney and Carolyn Pearre came all the way from Nashville for the party! Thanks, guys!
Hey, we're artsy! From left, glass artist Tommie Rush, our accountant Jenny Hines, and glass artist Richard Jolley, who is internationally recognized and is about to open an epic installation at the Knoxville Museum of Art.
Andy Lorenz, who heads up the Messer Construction team here in Knoxville, with Gay Lyons.
Tiffany Witham, right, of Messer Construction, came down from Cincinnati for the party. She's chatting here with Moxley Carmichael's Amanda Shell and Scott Bird.
County Commissioner Ed Shouse, left, Jack Hammontree, and Larry Martin of Governor Haslam's staff.
Our buddy Hannah Parker, also of Governor Haslam's staff, brought her new boyfriend, Bill Roehl, to the gathering. We think he's a lucky guy!
Tim and Janet McGaha made an appearance in Mox Vegas. Janet worked for Governor Haslam when he was Knoxville mayor and she went to Nashville with him.
Randy Jenkins, left, and Orlando Diaz, both of Partners Development, chat with Christi Branscom and Julia Bentley, right. Christi is on leave from Partners while she heads up public works for Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. Julia is with Saks.
Meanwhile, Jon and Mintha Roach were posing with the showgirl.
Nick Cazana, too.
And Dr. Bill and Sharon Laing
WBIR's anchor emeritus Bill Williams, right, and former City Councilman Jack Sharp
Betty Bean of the Shopper-News, left, with Bill and Judy Vaughan
Alvin Nance, right, CEO of Knoxville's Community Development Corporation, with David and Pam Jordan. David's with Clayton Homes and Pam is retired from KUB.
From left, Chris Miles and Johnny Miller of Gerdau, and Karen Miller.
Newlyweds Holly and Russ Watkins
Moxley Carmichael's Jennifer Lawson used to work at the News Sentinel with reporter Jim Balloch.
Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee and Federal Judge Tom Varlan
WBIR's Assistant News Director Taz Painter, left, with News Director Christy Moreno and her husband, Juan.
Jason Brooks of Moxley Carmichael client LDA Engineering with his wife Chrissy and our favorite photo target.
Knoxville Mayor Tim Burchett and News Sentinel Publisher Patrick Birmingham. I wonder what they are saying.
County Commissioner Brad Anders, left, with his wife, Jennifer, and Alvin Nance
County Commissioner Dave Wright and his wife, Pat, were willing to pose with our showgirl.
Tom Cervone of the Tennessee Theatre with our friend
I'm not sure how pleased Moxley Carmichael's Shaun Fulco is with her boyfriend Roger Hyver!
Bachelor City Councilman Marshall Stair, on the other hand, had nothing to worry about.
Garrett Wagley is another single guy who had no qualms about striking a pose.
Larry Aldridge and Ruth Atkinson of the Maryville Daily Times with our show stopper.
Jeff and Becky Ashin. He's with Young-Williams Animal Shelter now.
City Councilman George Wallace and his wife, Stephanie
County Commissioner Richard Briggs and his wife, Stephanie, created a stir because he had just announced that afternoon his intent to run against state Sen. Stacey Campfield.