People were having so much fun at the Suits & Sequins New Year’s Eve Party that the celebrants were late doing the traditional countdown. According to the clock on my phone, 2019 had already arrived by the time the crowd started shouting, “Ten! Nine! Eight! …” None of the 678 attendees raised any objections to the delay at the event, which began at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, says Jack Steffner with Phoenix Club, which hosted the fundraiser for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. Michael Brennan was the chair and Matt Heffington was 2018 Phoenix Club president.

A total of $18,435 was raised at the event, which featured music by City Mix. The party also included a silent disco, where guests in headphones danced in silence — until it was time  to shout, “Happy New Year!”