Vols Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer to serve at Peabody Duckmaster before Big Orange Gala in Memphis Friday

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Former Tennessee head coach, Phillip Fulmer, is seen an NCAA college football game between Tennessee and South Carolina Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

(NEWS RELEASE) – National championship-winning football coach and current University of Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer is set to lead a treasured Mid-South tradition when he serves as honorary Peabody Duckmaster in downtown Memphis on Friday, Aug. 9.

A daily tradition dating to the 1930s at the famous Peabody Hotel, the Peabody Ducks perform a red-carpet march—through a crowd of admiring spectators and guided by the tune of John Philip Sousa’s King Cotton March —from the hotel lobby to their rooftop penthouse.

As honorary Duckmaster, Fulmer joins a club that includes celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Jay Leno, Vanna White, Sammy Hagar and many others.

Guests are encouraged to arrive by 4:45 p.m. CT, with the festivities slated to commence at 5 p.m. CT.

Later that evening, at the Memphis Botanic Garden (750 Cherry Rd., Memphis TN 38117), Fulmer will join new University of Tennessee-Knoxville Chancellor Donde Plowman at the fourth annual Big Orange Gala beginning at 7 p.m. CT. 

An opportunity for local UT alumni to interact with current campus leaders, the gala features entertainment by the Nick Black Band, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction—Big-Orange themed items will include local artist David Lynch’s take on iconic Ayres Hall. 

The annual gala helps raise scholarship money for local Shelby County students to attend the state’s

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