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

National championship-winning football coach and current University of Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer is set to lead a treasured Mid-South tradi...
Phillip Fulmer

(NEWS RELEASE) – National championship-winning football coach andcurrent University of Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer is set tolead a treasured Mid-South tradition when he serves as honorary PeabodyDuckmaster 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 admiringspectators 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 includescelebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Jay Leno, Vanna White, Sammy Hagar and manyothers.

Guests are encouraged to arrive by 4:45 p.m. CT, with thefestivities 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-KnoxvilleChancellor Donde Plowman at the fourth annual Big Orange Gala beginning at 7p.m. CT. 

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

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