Forrest Spence 5k Run Event

Forrest Spence 5k Run Event

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The Forest Spence Fund
Looking back at my time spent working for the Forrest Spence Fund, it is evident to me that what started as an important summer internship, quickly turned into working for an organization that I now understand and am very passionate about supporting.

My first day on the job, I was motivated by the mission of the organization, which is to assist with the non-medical needs of families who have children that are critically or chronically ill throughout the Mid-South.

Later that week, I had my first of many visits to the local children’s hospital and I began to see the difference the Forrest Spence Fund makes in the lives of the families staying there. And by the end of my first week, I had lived out the mission of the Fund and from that point on, I was motivated by my belief in that mission. I wanted to go to work and be a part of this organization that is actively doing good in the community and making an impact on the lives of families in and outside of the hospital. Each week working at the fund, we were helping someone new and reaching out to different groups asking for assistance in aiding the needs of families.

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This whole summer was a humbling and rewarding experience that grew me as person, which is one of the reasons Brittany has summer interns.

Brittany Spence, the executive director of FSF, has a goal for every summer intern she hires, and that goal goes beyond experiences in the business world. Of course she wanted to challenge us, but overall, she wanted to shape us into women who know how to lead and serve in a Christ-like manner.

Working with Brittany, there’s no doubt she was the perfect person to model this leadership. She is a person that leads by example and is intentional in everything she does. Working for a person with such passion for their organization is what made Brittany a role model for me. She has taught me the dedication, selflessness, and joy that comes with believing in something so deeply.

I believe in the Forrest Spence Fund and I believe in people that have had a part in helping the FSF mission be alive in the Mid-South.

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Cash Savers Big Opening – Packed to the Gills

Cash Savers Big Opening – Packed to the Gills

Cash savers big opening 

Packed to the gills

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As a 30+ year Memphis resident, I am comfortable in saying this is my home. My wife and I have raised a family here and started the Cash Saver business. Recently, we celebrated the grand opening of our 4th Cash Saver location in Memphis. When Kroger vacated that space on South Third, it was big news in our city. It would leave that neighborhood in dire straits with respect to access to a full-service grocer. 

We were approached by some advocates in the area and the seed was planted. Our store provides an excellent solution for fixed and low-income neighborhoods. The deep discount pricing formula is applied to every item in the store. Our customers have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh meat and fully staffed meat department in addition to local, national and store brands. Our focus is always on affordability, access and quality. Everyone deserves eat well and to eat enough. It was a very important move to us as this particular store filled a gaping hole. We are the only grocery within a 3-mile radius. In neighborhoods where both budget and transportation can be issues, Cash Saver is a great option.

We operate and build our business with all of these factors in mind. While we are a business but we are also a part of a community. We care and as good neighbors, we invest in those communities. Giving back is important to me personally but is also a part of our corporate culture. The first thing that I was taught over 40 years ago on my first job in a grocery store was that the lifeblood of a store is its loyal customers. If you want the residents to be loyal and embrace you as their store, you need to be a part of the fiber of that neighborhood by contributing back to other important aspects of their life. In addition to community events that we sponsor and support, we feel that by saving customers money on their food bill, we help them meet other financial needs they face.

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Our experience with our other Cash Saver stores has been that customers travel from a further distance than to a conventional supermarket. We expect to attract a diverse group of customers from the immediate neighborhood, but also from downtown Memphis, and across the river in West Memphis because of how easy this store is to get to from those areas.

Each day our store has been packed to the gills, which to me is indicative of how great the need is. And, the South Memphis community has welcomed us with open arms – including the “Mapco Lady.” We are so very grateful for our friends and supporters. We hope to continue building and serving our neighbors in the city. We are Memphis and Memphis is us!

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Sparkling Nights 2018 – SRVS // JustMyMemphis

Sparkling Nights 2018 – SRVS // JustMyMemphis

SRVS Sparkling nights

Auction, food, and wine tasting gala

By Matt Woo

20th Annual Sparkling Nights

Shelby Residential and Vocational Services (SRVS) held its 20th annual Sparkling Nights auction, food and wine tasting gala on Aug. 11 at Hilton Memphis, and what a night it was.

Having joined SRVS only two months ago, this was my first Sparkling Nights, and I’m proud of the event my colleagues and I helped put together. Sparkling Nights is our largest fundraiser of the year, and since its inception in 1999, the event has raised more than $2 million to support SRVS programs, including children’s services, residential supports, and employment. SRVS is the state’s largest provider of services for people with disabilities and provides services to more than 1,600 annually.The evening began with a short welcoming speech by SRVS executive director Tyler Hampton and an introduction of our board members. Shortly after, the crowd of more than 600 mixed and mingled and ate foods provided by 17 of Memphis’ finest restaurants, including Capital Grille, Krewe of DeJavu, Libro at Laurelwood and Buckley’s Grill. Luckily I was able to walk around and sample some of the delicious samples.

In addition to food, 22 wineries and one brewery were on hand to provide beverages to guests. While guests ate and drank, they also bid on nearly 100 items in our silent auction. Items up for auction included gift certificates to various restaurants, tickets to a University of Memphis basketball game, vacation packages and more. 

Sparkling nights event

The highlight of the evening was SRVS board member and volunteer John Barzizza receiving a commemorative plaque and wine bottle for his years of dedicated service.  Barzizza’s commitment to SRVS spans more than two decades. When he first became a SRVS volunteer in the late 1990s, his son, John, was supported by SRVS. His other son, Justin, also was supported in SRVS’ residential program. Determined to find a way to raise money for the group that helped his family, Barzizza and SRVS board members founded the Spirit of SRVS fundraiser. The event name was later changed to Sparkling Nights in 2016.

Another highlight of Sparkling Nights was the live auction, led by WMC-TV chief meteorologist Ron Childers. His excitement and energy was infectious and heartfelt, and the crowd loved it. The evening was capped off by a moving dance by the SRVS Star Performers and songs performed by the SRVS Singers, who sang “With a Little Help from My Friends” and “Reach Out and Touch.” The party continued until after 11 p.m. as Tiger City Entertainment provided music, which kept partiers on the dance floor for the remainder of the evening

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Butcher Board Festival 2018

Butcher Board Festival 2018

Butcher Board Festival

2018

By Alden Zuck

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Butcher Board Festival

The Butcher Festival is an event which contains venders from all over who come to present themselves and what they do best. It is filled with wine tasting, whiskey tasting, countless meat selections, homemade jelly, live music, and so much more. This event sells out quickly, and it’s easy to see why! The place gets packs with all kinds of people looking to experience something new through the art of taste testing. 

When you first walk in and sign in showing your RSVP and ticket, they hand you a Butcher Board and a wine glass. These items are ones that you can fill up as many time as you want! You can truely experience a variety of things as this festival from top chefs and vendors in Memphis.

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Cooper Young Festival 2018

Cooper Young Festival 2018

Cooper Young Festival

2018

By Tamara Cook

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Cooper Young Festival 2018

Join us for the annual Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival on Saturday, September 15 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  When you make your way to the corner of Cooper and Young in Midtown Memphis, you’ll have arrived at a place both traditional and trendy, cosmopolitan and casual.  It’s where art, culture, cuisine and commerce intersect in a fabric that weaves its way throughout this historic neighborhood to create a lifestyle district all its own.  What better day to visit than during the Cooper Young Festival!  On this day, annually, we kick it up a notch with a free, family-friendly, music, arts and crafts street festival.  It’s the biggest party of the summer!
Cooper Young Business Association hosts this one and only fundraiser for the area to make the District known both locally, nationally, to draw homeowners and merchants into the neighborhood.  The proceeds from the Festival are redistributed back into the infrastructure of the neighborhood, business websites, and community non-profit organizations. Home to over 187 independently owned businesses in Memphis; Cooper Young is home grown, locally led and community raised.
Shuttle services and parking are being offered by our partners Premier Transportation and Christian Brothers University.  Park your car in the CBU parking lot entering off Central Avenue and catch the shuttle over to the entrance of the Festival.  Handicap parking is available.  Shuttle services will run from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Be sure to pack up the kiddos and strollers and head over for some Memphis College of Art fun in the Sprouts Farmers Market Kid Zone!  The Kid Zone is hosted annually by volunteers with the Civitians, the area will offer an assortment of hands on art projects as well as games of chance and prizes.  All proceeds from the Sprouts Farmers Market Kid Zone goes toward helping children in our community with developmental disabilities.
Innovate Memphis encourages you to ride your bike and park it in their “Bike Corral” hosted by Bluff City Sports just on the right as you enter the Festival site at Central Avenue.  Volunteers will be on-hand to make sure your bike stays safe and is waiting on you when you get ready to leave.  Bikes, scooters or any type of motorized vehicles are not allowed in the Festival site.
The Cooper Young Festival is all about the unique art finds from 425 artists and the sounds of local music. With seventeen musical acts, there is something for everyone! The Main Stage kicks off at 11:15 a.m. with Tony Manard and His Big Ole Band followed by the Rice Drewry Collective, Nick Black Band, Jason Lee McKinney, The Fast Mothers, and FreeWorld with Dr. Herman Green on the sax.  Fuzzy Jeffries and the Kings of Memphis are the 2018 Headliners starting at 5:15 p.m.  Fuzzy was awarded runner up in the International Blues Challenge.
At the corner of Young and Meda, you will find the Memphis Grizzlies stage which will be highlighting bands that are with Cooper Young recording studio, 5 and Dime Recording.  Maddie Caldwell starts this stage off at 12:30 a.m. followed by 45-minute sets starting every half of the hour to include Ellie Badge, Switchblade Kid, The Rough Hearts and Negro Terror.
The Congo Stage located in the First Congo Church parking lot is serving up a plethora of up and coming artists.  Starting the day at 12:15 p.m., we have Me and Leah, a wildly popular duo that released a debut album in July 2017 followed by Shufflegrit, Low Country Nationals, Land Divided and Laramie.
Each year the Festival is preceded by pre-festival events.  The Art Invitational will be Thursday, September 13 at EpiCenter Memphis located at 902 South Cooper Street. The Art Invitational is a Festival tradition dating back to 1988 and highlights the talent of local CY artists.  This event is free to the public; please join us for wine and cheese, beer bar and music by local blues artists, Shayla and Frank Shaw, from 6 – 9 pm.  On Friday, September 14, the Festival 4-Miler is scheduled to begin at Midtown Autowerks at 795 South Cooper at 7:00 pm.  Come cheer on the runners at one of our many patios!
Thank you to our sponsors for making the Cooper Young Festival possible and supporting our Historic District in the heart of Midtown Memphis.  The 2018 Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival sponsors are Commercial Appeal, A.S. Barboro, Memphis Grizzlies, Sprouts Farmers Market, Methodist University Hospital, Albert Cook Plumbing, Jim Keras Subaru, Summer Winds Resorts, Semmes Murphey Clinic, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Southland Park Gaming and Racing, Lasik Vision Institute, ProShow Systems, Memphis Animal Clinic, AT&T, Choate’s HVAC, Lowe’s, Focal Point, MetroPCS, Mold Terminators, Direct Auto and Life Insurance, Rock 102.7, 101.9 KISS FM, 600 WREC, CW 30, Local 24 and Toof American Digital Printing.
This is the biggest party of the year in one of the great historic neighborhoods of Memphis.  Mark your calendars you don’t want to miss it!  For the safety of everyone, please do not bring pets, bikes, scooters, drones or backpacks into the Festival site.
Contact: Tamara Cook, 901-276-7222, cyba@bellsouth.net

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Cooper Young Art Invitational 2018

Cooper Young Art Invitational 2018

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By Tamara Cook

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Cooper Young Art Invitation 2018

The 2018 Cooper Young Festival Art Invitational presented by Evolve Bank and Trust will be showcasing local artisans on Thursday, September 13 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Art Invitational is a kickoff to the festival weekend ahead and will be hosted by Epicenter Memphis located at 902 South Cooper Street.  The Invitational celebrates the artists who live and work in the Cooper Young Historic District. The free event allows artists the opportunity to showcase their work in a gallery setting.  This year’s Invitational will feature artists such as Maria Ferguson, Jeanne Seagle, Nick Canterucci, Karen Golightly, John Browning and Barry Buxhaum.

The 2018 Cooper Young Festival poster artist, Jay Etkin, will also have featured artwork on this evening as well as the original poster art will be sold during a silent auction.  There will be complimentary wine/beer bars, refreshments and live music by local singers, Shayla and Frank Shaw.  The event is free and open to the public, so mark your calendars for September 13.  Cooper Young is THE artist community of Memphis, come see our works and enjoy our historically hip little enclave in Midtown.

Thank you to our sponsors for making the Cooper Young Festival possible and supporting our Historic District in the heart of Midtown Memphis.  The 2018 Evolve Bank & Trust Cooper Young Festival sponsors are Commercial Appeal, Miller Lite, Memphis Grizzlies, Sprouts Farmers Market, Methodist University Hospital, Albert Cook Plumbing, Jim Keras Subaru, Summer Winds Resorts, Semmes Murphey Clinic, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Southland Park Gaming and Racing, Lasik Vision Institute, ProShow Systems, Memphis Animal Clinic, AT&T, Choate’s HVAC, Lowe’s, Focal Point, MetroPCS, Mold Terminators, Direct Auto and Life Insurance, Rock 102.7, 101.9 KISS FM, 600 WREC, CW 30, Local 24 and Toof American Digital Printing.

For more information, visit www.cooperyoungfestival.com

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