Conservation Through Art

  Conservation Through Art

presented by

Regions Bank

   Honoring John Dobbs Jr.

  Tommie and Billy Dunavant
  Honorary Chairs

  Trow Gillespie and Chuck Smith

Honoree Dinner at Crosstown Concourse
Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 6:30 PM
$1,000 per person


2018 Honoree - John Hull Dobbs, Jr.

John Hull Dobbs, Jr. is the founder and President of Dobbs Equity Partners, LLC. John has been involved in business since he was 12 years old and working in his family´s automobile dealerships. At 17, he was the top car salesman at the dealership he was working in. He has worked in all the Dobbs businesses at one time or another in various capacities, which gives him varied experience across a range of industries.

John is a lifelong Memphian. He and his wife, Katherine, have three children: John, Stewart, and Hope.  He attended Presbyterian Day School and Memphis University School. John also attended Duke University and received his MBA from the University of North Carolina.

John has a passion for flying and is an avid waterfowl sportsman and outdoor enthusiast. He is a supporter of countless worthwhile causes, including ArtsMemphis and Ducks Unlimited.

About Conservation Through Art

Conservation Through Art (CTA) is a biennial event, co-hosted by ArtsMemphis and Ducks Unlimited, which raises money for two of our region’s greatest assets: wildlife and the arts. Founded in 2005, CTA brings together arts patrons and wildlife enthusiasts in creating a collective philanthropic legacy. In fact, over the last thirteen years, this partnership has raised over $5 million – helping to conserve thousands of acres of wetlands and provide grants for 80 local arts groups and artists.

These two unlikely partners – ArtsMemphis and Ducks Unlimited – share a commitment to sustaining treasures which enrich lives from generation to generation. Whether it’s an awe-inspiring dance performance or a spectacular sunrise on the marsh, the arts and the outdoors serve to connect us to one another. 

Past Honorees

2005: Harry Phillips
2006: Billy Dunavant
2008: Allen Morgan & Henry Morgan
2010: George Dunklin & Steve Reynolds
2012: Trow Gillespie & Chuck Smith
2014: Spence, Bob & Kem Wilson
2016: Johnny Morris & Bill Rhodes


Founders & Advisory Council

Tommie & Billy Dunavant
Elizabeth & Trow Gillespie
Snow & Henry Morgan                                          
Susan & Chuck Smith
Anne & John Stokes


About the Beneficiaries

Founded in 1963, ArtsMemphis works to sustain Memphis’ world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthen local communities through the arts. ArtsMemphis achieves that mission by amplifying awareness, driving support, and forging connections for artists and organizations. In 2017, ArtsMemphis awarded nearly $2.5 million in grants to 72 different organizations and eight individual artists, thanks to support from more than 1,300 donors. The arts enhance the quality of life for Shelby County residents, and they are a key driver for our local economy – generating nearly $200 million in annual spending, and employing the equivalent of more than 6,000 full- time jobs.

Ducks Unlimited is one of the nation’s largest and most respected nonprofit conservation organizations with over 750,000 active members. Established in 1937 and based in Memphis with a mission to conserve, restore, and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl, wildlife and people; Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 million acres. Thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters and 38,000 dedicated volunteers, DU uses science, public policy and philanthropy to achieve its conservation mission. A philosophy of mud, money and people, along with a singleness of purpose, has guided DU for over eight decades.

Have questions or want more information about sponsorship opportunities? Contact Jana Tayloe at 901.314.0409 or [email protected]


Camo & Cocktails

Thanks to the 275 supporters who helped raise $85,000 at Camo & Cocktails on September 22 at Michelle & Bill Dunavant’s Foxfield. Guests experienced artists Jamond Bullock and Dennis Paullus while listening to Brian Hayes and the Retrievers and enjoying cocktails by Old Dominick Distillery. 

$47,000 was raised through the auction and raffle. Thanks to all of those who purchased the experiences and items, donated by: Local Seed Co. and Buck Gardner Calls, Chuck Farneth, Martha & Bob Hester, Jackie & Vickie Lackie, Chris Blaylock, John Dobbs Jr., Dixie Pickers, Oak Hall and Roberson’s Fine Jewelry. Over $40,000 in-kind donations were contributed to make the evening possible. The night ended with the best Duck Calling contest thanks to Bo Rhea, Local Seed Co. and Buck Gardner Calls. 

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One Gift Helps 80 Arts Groups and Artists

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