Amazing Grace: A benefit for Virginia Grace

By Courtney Miller Santo
Virginia Grace Sumner-Winter is five years old. She just started kindergarten at Peabody Elementary, loves dinosaurs, helping her mother cook, and has a smile that matches the intensity of her flame-colored hair. She also has Pierre Robin Sequence and a unique chromosomal addition (14q). There is truly no one else like VeeGee.
The Sumner-Winter family, who live in Cooper-Young, have been active in Memphis’ creative arts and have touched many lives around the city. In support of this terrific family, a small group of people who have been touched by VeeGee and her amazing parents are putting together a fundraising event on September 9 to help with the medical costs of the surgeries and travel. VeeGee has had 12 surgeries and has two more scheduled for October 28 in Nashville.
The event, Amazing Grace will showcase some of Memphis’ most respected writers, dancers, musicians, and artists. The event will be held at the Trolley Stop Market in Midtown (704 Madison) from 7-9pm. There will be a $10 cover charge, which includes all entertainment and food. Donations will be accepted for libations and all money raised will go directly to the Sumner-Winter family.
To learn more about VeeGee, please visit her mother’s blog at To learn more about this event, please visit the Facebook page by searching for Amazing Grace. This family needs all the community support they can get.


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