10 Ways Phillip Ashley Made An Mmpact in 2016

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President and CEO, Phillip Ashley Rix, has a heart for chocolate and a bigger heart for the community.  Phillip Ashley hosts and contributes to a great deal of events and organizations throughout the year.  We are always looking for more ways to fuel America.

1. Entrepreneurship Master Class

Countless studies link entrepreneurship to job creation, GDP growth and a vibrant society.  Phillip Ashley strives to be a positive force and grow the entrepreneurial climate beyond “just business” with The Entrepreneurship Master Class.

2. Heart of Le Bonheur

Phillip Ashley Rix created a one-of-a-kind chocolate to raise awareness and funds for the Heart Institute at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Orange marmalade, tarragon and honey… This special chocolate has been crafted using ingredients with a history of healing. For every box sold, $4 will be donated to Le Bonheur Heart Institute. Support the cause!


3. Taste of The Delta: James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. (The James Beard Foundation)

Phillip Ashley Rix hosted the Taste of the Delta at the James Beard House in New York City. The culinary identity of the Mississippi Delta is defined by the resource-rich, eponymous river that winds through its diverse communities. In celebration of the Delta’s cherished food traditions, a team of talented chefs and beverage masters took the Beard House diners downriver through a soulful, Southern-inspired supper. The dessert of the night was Mr. Rix’s world’s famous chocolate bread pudding.

4. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Partnership

Phillip Ashley launched an official partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. What’s more powerful than a child’s imagination? Each piece in the “Imagination in a Box” collection is inspired by how we believe outer space tastes like to a child; simple (to a child everything seems easy) yet striking. Phillip Ashley Chocolates will donate $5 of the purchase price to St. Jude between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017, with a minimum donation of $25,000. Support the cause!

5. The National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Awards Gala

“Since 1991, the Freedom award has honored distinguished individuals who have made great global and national impact. These men and women are lauded for their work in the struggle for civil and human rights.” (Civil Rights Museum)

Phillip Ashley Luxury Designer Chocolates were a part of this cause.

6. The 4th Annual Memphis Masquerade Gala

The 4th annual Phillip Ashley Memphis Masquerade was held at the Guest House at Graceland to honor Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Heart Institute.

7. Memphis 40 Under 40

Phillip Ashley celebrated The Forty Most Influential Urban Elite Professionals Under Forty in Memphis!  He provided gifts to guests and was also awarded.  Phillip Ashley Rix is the Title Sponsor for the next Forty Most Influential Urban Elite Professionals Under Forty Gala (presented by Cynthia Daniels & Co.)

8. Lite Memphis Pitch Night

Phillip Ashley Rix donated his time and talent to students during Pitch Night.  LITE helps students focus on problem solving, goal setting and organization.  It is about actionable ideas which help build a stronger community.  Mr. Rix was the emcee and special guest to inspire 25 future entrepreneurs.

9. St. Jude Target House Tea Party

The Target House Tea Party is a mother/daughter event for patients residing at the St. Jude Target House while undergoing treatment at St. Jude.  Phillip Ashley Chocolates donated Gemstone caramels to the princess themed event.  According to the event coordinator, “All the children had the biggest and brightest smiles to walk in and see all the sweet treats.  It was every child’s dream come true and what a wonderful way to give back to those who need it the most this holiday.”

10. Memphis College Prep Coat Drive

In collaboration with Comcast, Phillip Ashley helped Memphis College Prep Elementary pave the path from kindergarten to college by preparing students for cold winter months.  This allows them to be more focused on excelling academically.


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