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Meat Me in Memphis Gala

Meat Me in Memphis is our sole fundraising event for the Monogram Loves Kids Foundation. Our annual Meat Me in Memphis is held at one of Memphis’ iconic gala venues, The Columns at One Commerce Square.  The Columns offers 20,000 square feet of historic grandeur while providing all the modern attractions of a vibrant downtown. This year, Meat Me in Memphis will be held on Thursday, October 25 at 5:30 PM until 9:00 PM.

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Who’s that girl: meet rebekah hedges
By Rebekah Hedges
“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” 
Although I hope elephant would never be featured on a menu, this phrase has been spoken to me throughout challenges in life. The elephants; tasks, challenges or obstacles I’d yet to overcome, have stampeded through life, yet led me to Bluff City, my new home.
Hi, my name is Rebekah Hedges and I’m an educator, writer, photographer and former crime and events reporter. Though I’m not Zooey Deschanel, I’m happy to be the New Girl with JustMyMemphis.

I’m from Allen, Texas and watched my hometown, once corn fields, develop into a booming suburb thirty minutes north of Dallas, Texas. Though I am a proud Texan, I’ve always been an adventurer and have traveled to more than 20 states, three countries and speak Spanish and elementary Mandarin.

I’ve always been a storyteller, to anyone willing to listen due to my social butterfly tendencies. More importantly I enjoy hearing and learning from people with different backgrounds and cultures. Over time I developed a love for writing, reporting and journalism. 
There’s been a camera in my hand for as long as I can remember.
( photo by Klara Johannsen )
My childhood didn’t include an iPhone, but instead the izone polaroid camera. You remember the oblong rectangular polaroid that printed one inch by two inch photos that could even be stored in a locket? (I had the Bugs Bunny one.)
I look forward to using my Canon and photography skills as the “New Girl” of the #FunCrew for JustMyMemphis. My work experiences have taken me from small “tourist towns” such as Hot Springs, Ark., to metropolises such as Tianjin, China.

Who’s That Girl?

Throughout my work and life experiences, elephants have nudged their way in. I believe in the power of perseverance, as a woman, I believe learning and sharing your voice is the best weapon to overcoming these obstacles.
In my final year of earning my degree in the small town of Siloam Springs, Ark., at John Brown University, I became inspired by the local stories Siloam had to offer. A team of three fellow students and I told the stories of two student-owned businesses and two family-owned businesses.
We told the story of a local seamstress, her shop named Threads, and learned that she had spent several years in foreign countries as a missionary and found her calling by helping people look their best in clothing. 
Through video, photography and writing we shared the story of how a local pupuseria and restaurant, Las Delicias, shared the rich flavors of El Salvador and impacted the Siloam Springs community.
It was then I realized the power of giving a person a voice through media and writing. As a former writer and photographer for HER Magazine, a women’s magazine in Hot Springs, Ark., I had the opportunity to tell the stories of diverse women making waves in their careers through their talents and skills.
It was then I realized the power of giving a person a voice through media and writing

From a 12 year-old angler overcoming bullying as the only girl on the fishing team, to a Romanian immigrant woman becoming the prison investigator for the Garland County Criminal Investigations Division, I’ve been inspired by how these women did not allow stereotypes or criticism to hold them back from their true potential. 
One of the biggest elephants that’s a returning visitor, is self doubt. I know many can relate to the criticism you take from the relentless voice of doubt.
It whispers: Is that good enough? You’re not making a difference. No one will listen, no one will care. What if every time you try you will just fail? You’re just the new girl, you don’t know what you’re doing. You’re not smart enough, attractive enough, skilled enough…etc. etc.
I know that having cheerleaders in life are crucial to overcoming these whispers. I’ve learned that trusting your skills and having an open mind to critique is the best way to chasing what you’re meant to become. 
I’m excited to listen and tell the stories that the communities of Memphis have to offer. 
And I encourage you, when those whispers tell you the elephants that stand in your way are too big, grab that fork, because it’s time to tackle that beast one bite at a time!

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