Cooper-Young Gears Up to Offer Bike Night

Cooper-Young Gears Up to Offer Bike Night

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It's Bike Night

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March 21, 2019

Cooper-Young community leaders and business owners met to create Cooper-Young Bike Night, a free, family friendly event beginning Thursday, April 4. It will run for an 8 week pilot period through May 23.

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 Tamara Cook

Enjoying the outdoors has been on the decline in recent years being replaced by sedentary indoor options such as video games, social media and Netflix binges. While it may be easy to ignore the side effects of this type of non-activity, Psychology Today says that outdoor activity will decease stress, improve both mental and physical health and life satisfaction. In another article, they write that exercise reduces anxiety levels and produces new brain cells well past your 20s when they would normally stop.

This begs the question, what happens if you merge the two? An increasing number of Americans are embracing a more holistic, nonbinary approach to health. Rather than hammocking outdoors or exercising indoors, the current model is combining these two to create an active outdoor life that is now known to be essential to physical, mental and spiritual health.

Cooper-Young has decided to follow that trend while adding another health component, social wellness. Recently, Cooper-Young community leaders and business owners met to create Cooper-Young Bike Night, a free, family friendly event beginning Thursday, April 4. It will run for an 8 week pilot period through May 23.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., cyclists will meet at the Cooper-Young gazebo and take off riding by 6:45 p.m. with volunteer cyclists leading the way through different routes every week. This free event will be open to anyone who is interested in seeing Cooper-Young up close, perfect for the growing appreciation of urban architecture and infrastructure. To add to the excitement, each ride will have a different theme with the first being Glow Sticks!

Based on the success of this event, the Cooper-Young Bike Night will continue through the warmer months. The neighborhood is excited to host this event for families because they can come on a ride together and be home in time for dinner. Cooper-Young is known as a place to go to bars and restaurants but residents want people to see that the neighborhood is more than that. Cooper-Young is also for families.

“Cooper-Young Bike Night is a great way to get the whole family out to explore the neighborhood, get some exercise, and meet new friends. I hope to see all my neighbors on a ride this spring!,” says Stephanie Gonzalez, Vice-President of the Cooper-Young Community Association and volunteer Bike Night organizer.

While Cooper-Young residents have pride in their historic neighborhood, they know it’s not only for them. It is also a neighborhood for Memphis as a whole to come out and enjoy. So come take a closer look at Cooper-Young on April 4.

For questions, please contact Sheree Stubblefield, the writer of this press release at sheree@cooperyoung.org.  If you would like to volunteer to lead a ride, you can emailinfo@cooperyoung.org.

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Memphis has its fair share of historic neighborhoods. And our city’s many entertainment districts are legendary. But no place in the Mid-South, and quite possibly no place anywhere, owns a personality like you’ll encounter in Cooper-Young.

Eclectic only begins to describe it. Century-old homes tucked among family-owned businesses and contemporary gathering spots. Young and talented creative types mingle among families and life-long residents.

 

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BBQ & Blues Ball JC Runyon Foundation

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#LiveYourNextChapter with JC Runyon Foundation!

March 20, 2019

Join us as we celebrate our 2019 Scholarship Recipients at Memphis iconic new landmark, the Guest House at Graceland! There will be a silent auction, dancing as we celebrate the amazing accomplishments of our kids! Silent Auction and Cocktail Reception begins at 6:30. Put on your blue suede shoes and pop your collar for a night to remember. #LiveYourNextChapter with JC Runyon Foundation!

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 Niki R. Shaheen

Join the JC Runyon Foundation as we honor Pam White and Steve White, parents of Mary Cathryn White.

Mary Cathryn (MC to her friends and family) was a bubbly, bright shining light in a lot of lives here in her hometown of Collierville, TN. A dear friend wrote that if others were water, MC would be carbonated. She was fizzy and funny and made everyone who knew her smile. She had a family who loved her fiercely and a network of dear friends. What could be better?

But MC had a very dark side that she hid from the world. She suffered from a deep depression that nobody really knew about until she attempted suicide for the first time in 2015. Her friends and family were in shock. How could this beautiful young woman, who looked like she had everything, want to die? She spend the next year fighting her way back into what many thought was a new beginning. She talked openly about her struggles, even writing a book entitled When God Showed Up and agreed to be interviewed a few times. The world, it appeared, was hers to own!

Unfortunately, the depression finally became something that she just could not overcome and we lost her on February 25, 2018. Ironically, the same day that we lost JC Runyon 11 years before. She left a wake of grief and sorrow that was hard to fathom. It is still hard to imagine this world without MC.

MC’s parents want to make sure that the world understands and learns from her struggles. No parent should have to bury their child, ever. But when a child leaves this world by choice, it creates a chasm that cannot be filled with platitudes and casseroles. We need to shine a light into this darkness and let other young ladies, who like MC feel that there is no way out, know that there is hope and to keep #FightingForward and #LiveTheNextChapter.

This is why we honor them this year. For their bravery and honesty in sharing the good parts and the dark times. There are many dark times ahead, but maybe we can bring some light into the darkness. Celebrate Pam and Steve with us on April 13, 2019 at the Guesthouse at Graceland. We are almost completely sold out – act fast! Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.

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We recognize the financial burden in-patient psychiatric treatment can create in families. We also believe in the power of the hard work a patient has endured to successfully complete high school and be admitted to college. We understand that there are few scholarship opportunities when there are "holes" in the educational transcript and we don’t think any family should have to stop moving forward because of money. Our scholarship is not just a check. We are a family and we work with each student to get to graduation.
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Imagine Ball 2019 Honoree Ricky Busey

Imagine Ball 2019 Honoree Ricky Busey

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ACS Imagine Ball Honoree

Ricky Busey of Caesars

March 20, 2019

Ricky Busey is still battling the same disease that took his mother when he was three years old. “In my mind she didn’t die of cancer,” said Busey, Vice President of Human Resources for Caesers Entertainment in Tunica, Miss., near Memphis. “From a child’s memory, she was there and then she was gone. We weren’t talking early detection then and her doctor wasn’t looking for it.”

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 Greg Broy

ACS to honor Ricky Busey of Caesars at March 30 Imagine Ball

Fast forward 50 years and Busey had to utter the words himself, ‘I have cancer.’ He said, “Those are the three hardest words to repeat ever. Though my battle with cancer was quick and successful, this is a battle we are all fighting. When I was growing up I thought this disease would be gone. No, the battle is not won.”

Busey will be honored at the March 30th Imagine Ball presented by the Memphis office of the American Cancer Society (ACS). Details can be found at imagineballmemphis.org. Busey has been with Caesars almost 18 years and has directed the donation of more than $5 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charities throughout the Mid-South.

“I’m still in awe that they asked me,” he said. “There are doctors who are curing cancer! I didn’t cure anybody, I’m just a guy helping to fight a battle. For me, it means the journey that I’ve been on, the funds we have raised, the volunteers who’ve been organized, it’s all been for something good.”

He was in his teens before he better understood what cancer was, and how the disease could take someone close to him. It’s a worry he didn’t want his own four children to have when he learned he had prostate cancer Were they going to lose their father? “But I have the best wife on earth,” he said. “Florence said we’re going to beat this. Her support and positive mindset were amazing, and that is what everyone needs when they’re fighting cancer.”

Busey is a big advocate for the American Cancer Society Harrah’s Hope Lodge, which he called the “Statue of Liberty for cancer patients.” Why? He said, “Imagine traveling 100 miles for treatment. You’re in the dark hull of a boat with no one who understands you, and then you wind up at the Hope Lodge. This building is a beacon that says, ‘Hey, I got you,’ with a free room, food, and people going through the same journey.”

The ACS mission of fighting cancer and saving lives has found an important backer in Busey. Whether it’s research happening up the road in Memphis, coordinating local transportation for patients needing rides to cancer treatment, free wigs, or the 24/7 help line and website, something he used during his own cancer diagnosis.

“However you are participating, as a researcher or providing patient support, or talking someone off a ledge because you’ve been there, keep doing it,” said Busey. “This battle is all of our battles — to survive when you have cancer. And it’ll take everything we’ve got: research, fundraising, volunteering, and passion.”

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The 2019 Imagine Ball will be presented at the Children’s Museum of Memphis. Details at imagineballmemphis.org. Tickets are $250 each or $2000 per table. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and music by Nelson & Newman. A silent auction continues until 7:50 p.m. After-dinner entertainment is provided by Bob Nelson & Natchez.

This year’s Imagine Ball is sponsored by Horseshoe Tunica, West Cancer Center, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare, Dr. Thomas & Regina Russell, Kroger, and Empire Food Brokers.

 

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Spring for Forrest Cocktail Party and Auction 2019

Spring for Forrest Cocktail Party and Auction 2019

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March 20, 2019

The Fifth Annual Spring for Forrest Cocktail Party and Auction will be Friday, March 29th, 2019 from 7 to 11 pm at the Grand Carousel inside the Children’s Museum of Memphis. This year’s event will feature live music, food, beer, and wine from some of Memphis’s best local establishments, along with an after party serving late night treats and drinks, Super Silent Auction, Carousel rides, and dancing.

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 Abby Cooley

The FSF relies solely on the community to support its mission and make a difference for so many families suffering the hardships and heartaches of childhood illness. The Spring for Forrest Cocktail Party and Auction and is going to be a wonderful evening filled with delicious food and drinks from local establishments, thrilling live and silent auctions, dancing and carousel rides. Don’t forget to purchase your golden ticket for a chance to win an unforgettable trip for two to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! Party with a purpose to support families during their darkest days.

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The Forrest Spence Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to assist with the non-medical needs of critically or chronically ill children and their families throughout the Mid-South. Founded in 2007 after the loss of their son, Forrest, Brittany and David Spence felt impassioned to support those going through similar situations. Since its establishment, the Forrest Spence Fund has provided individualized support to over 67,000 families impacted by childhood illness. The FSF meets families where they are in their journey and provides support through four avenues: meeting individual patient and family needs, partnering with institutions to better recognize and meet non-medical needs, connecting families with counseling and support groups and covering the cost of counseling for bereaved families, as well as providing financial grants to help families in need. To learn more about the Forrest Spence Fund and how we help, please visit our website.

 

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Cookies on Tap!

Raise a Glass for Girl Scouts’

March 20, 2019

Girl Scout cookies are paired with beer to offer a palette-pleasing experience. The public is welcome to the 5th Annual Cookies On Tap, on Thursday, April 4 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Crosstown Brewing Co. 1264 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN.

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 Kimberly Crafton

5th Annual Event Will Pair Flavorful Beers with Sweet Cookie Treats

Girl Scouts Heart of the South and Crosstown Brewing Co. are teaming up to offer Cookies On Tap – a fun event where those famous Girl Scout cookies are paired with beer to offer a palette-pleasing experience. The public is welcome to the 5th Annual Cookies On Tap, on Thursday, April 4 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Crosstown Brewing Co. 1264 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN.

People will be given a flight of four – 4 oz Crosstown Brewing Co. beers that have been perfectly paired with a Girl Scout Cookie that brings out the flavor profile, style and taste of the cookie and beer duo.

1.  Thin Mints with Boysen da Hood – Boysenberry Smoothie Sour: The rich flavored, chocolate, creamy Thin Mint will be paired with the Boysen da Hood – Boysenberry Smoothie Sour, a creamy, thick and smooth beer.
2.  Samoas with Russian Imperial Stout: Samoas with their coconut, caramel and chocolate flavors will pair well with the Russian Imperial Stout’s full bodied, rich, and complex profile, flavors and aromas of dried fruit, coffee, and dark chocolate
3.  Savannah Smiles with Traffic IPA: The lemony/citrus taste of the Savannah Smiles will pair well with the Traffic IPA’s citrus zest, pineapple, white grape flavor of the beer.
4.  Do-Si-dos with Crosstown Brown: The peanut buttery sweet cookie will pair famously with the rich caramel and graham cracker characteristics of the Crosstown Brown.

“Crosstown Brewing Company has paired our iconic cookies perfectly with their featured beers to offer people an exciting night of sips and sweets, all while benefitting the next generation of female leaders,” said Melanie Schild, Girl Scouts Heart of the South CEO. “Fundraisers like this ensure that girls are able to learn life skills and leadership skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”

 

Girl Scouts Heart of the South’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts does this by being the premier leadership organization for girls and women across the nation. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is how girls learn basic skills that they will need for life.

1. Goal setting
Whether you’re trying to sell enough cookies to make it to Girl Scout summer camp or you’re trying to top your record from last year, goal setting is a great skill to practice in your youth and carry into your professional life as an adult. Setting goals can help you accomplish feats you never thought possible – and they allow you to continually improve upon yourself.

2. Interpersonal skills
Let’s face it – everyone loves Girl Scout cookies! So chances are good you’re going to interact with customers from all walks of life during sales season. The exposure is great practice for Girl Scouts’ interpersonal skills. Comprehending both verbal and nonverbal communication is not just valuable when you’re trying to land a cookie sale — it’s an essential skill any professional needs.

3. Business ethics
Selling Girl Scout cookies is a great primer for business ethics. Girl Scouts learn right from wrong in sales and learn about hard work and honest business. They learn how to chase their goals while never compromising the core values of the Girl Scouts.

4. Strategic thinking
Frontload the cookie sales season to get an edge up on competitors? Set up shop next to a high-traffic store? These are the brilliant ideas of a strategic Girl Scout that can transform her into a critical and analytical thinker down the road.

5. Money management
Selling Girl Scout cookies is good practice for Girl Scouts to handle real money. Not only is counting change great math practice, but it also lays the foundation for accountability and responsibility. And after cookie selling season ends, troops need to make wise choices on how to use their earnings together. They may even try their hand at philanthropy if their troop decides to give back a percentage of their profits to charity.

6. Persuasiveness
Never underestimate the value of a persuasive person. Girl Scouts with a compelling pitch gain plenty of experience in mastering effective communication and winning over customers. A persuasive Girl Scout with a good sales pitch is a force to be reckoned with – both in her troop and as she later moves on in her career.

7. Accepting rejection
Believe it or not, there are people out there who turn down a box of Girl Scout cookies. Not every pitch lands a sale. Handling rejection is critical to anyone – and knowing how to accept that and move forward is a priceless skill not just for someone’s professional development, but for their personal arsenal for whatever life throws their way.

8. Stepping up to competitors
There’s no shortage of Girl Scouts vying for your purchase during selling season each year. Naturally, when you’re edging up against other troops, you’ve got to be able to handle the competitive climate – a skill that goes far beyond your cookie-selling days.

9. Marketing
Selling Girl Scout cookies forms a marketing mindset in young troops. Girl Scouts are taking a product and making it appealing to the market. They’re promoting the product to each person who comes along, making them realize its importance and why they need it in their life.
Girl Scouts of today are becoming increasingly savvy in selling off those coveted boxes. Gone are the days of relying on door-to-door sales. It’s common for troops to set up shop in grocery stores, outside of restaurants, at mall kiosks and other clever locations. Some Girl Scouts package boxes together for bundle purchases to reach higher sales. Others rely on email lists or visual marketing. Selling Girl Scout cookies also teaches troops to understand the customer’s buying process.

10. Teamwork
Some Girl Scout troops find power in numbers and team up to tackle cookies sales together. Learning to cooperate with peers and find common ground in disputes while working towards a mutual goal is one of the fundamental lessons girls develop during their cookies selling days. Learning to work together as a team with other girls will help in developing a healthy working relationship and communication skills. These experiences are essential qualities every business owner must acquire in order to become a successful business leader.

11. Branding
There’s a reason Girl Scouts wear their uniforms when selling cookies. Each Girl Scout is a representative of the organization and carries the responsibility of upholding the brand. Selling Girl Scout cookies gives troops experience representing a company and its values to learn the importance of branding.
You can help girls learn these skills by supporting the 5th Annual Cookies On Tap is Thursday, April 4 from 5-8 p.m. at Crosstown Brewing Co. 1264 Concourse Avenue. Memphis, TN. Tickets are $20 and available online at www.girlscoutshs.org/cookiesontap or $25 at the door that evening. Tickets are limited.

 

Guests don’t have to be there right at 5 p.m. to participate. Participants can start the pairing when they arrive and do it at their leisure. Must be 21 years and up to enjoy the pairings. All proceeds go to Girl Scouts Heart of the South.

 

About

Throughout the nation, Girl Scouts has 112 regional councils—we’re 2.7 million girl members strong—and last year, Girl Scouts Heart of the South (GSHS) served more than 6,000 girls, with the help of nearly 2,000 volunteers, who live by the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

We serve 59 counties in north Mississippi, west Tennessee and Crittenden County, Arkansas, and maintain three camps and four regional service centers. The council’s headquarters is located in Memphis, Tennessee at 717 S. White Station Road. 

In addition to supporting and providing resources for the full complement of Girl Scout experiences such as badge earning opportunities and Girl Scout Journeys, Girl Scouts Heart of the South offers year-round program activities that enhance girls’ learning and Girl Scout adventures.

Girl Scouts Heart of the South is  proud to be the creators of the National Stand Beside Her Movement – a call to action for women and girls to end the comparison, competition and criticism that undermines female relationships. Together we can propel each other forward by creating an inclusive culture of support, compassion and celebration of each other’s success.

Each year during National Stand Beside Her Week (the last week in October), participating organizations encourage others to commit to supporting girls and women in their lives, their home, their office and in their community.

In addition to participating in meaningful and unique initiatives like Stand Beside Her, GSHS also offers girls of all ages the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors through our robust camp and equestrian programs and gives girls the opportunity to explore their world through our Girl Scouts GO!  yearly travel program. 

 

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March 12, 2019

Join us for a night of fashion and fun at Madonna Learning Center, on April 11th, 6pm-8pm. Students, teachers and local talent will strut their stuff on the runway at this year’s Fashion Fling 4MLC presented by Laurelwood Shopping Center. Proceeds from the event will support Madonna Learning Center and its programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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 Lisa Abart

 The fundraising event is designed to help foster self-esteem, confidence and social skills among the students, while bringing awareness to intellectual disabilities and showing off this summer’s local fashion trends. Tickets are available now for $30. You can purchase them HERE. Please consider being a sponsor for this fun event. You can get more information in our sponsorship package.

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Madonna Learning Center provides a nurturing, faith-based educational and social environment that empowers children and young adults with special needs to reach their full potential while offering support to their families. MLC’s target population is children and young adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities (Down syndrome, autism, rare genetic disorders, seizure disorders, etc.) beginning at age 4 serving Memphis, TN and surrounding counties.

 

The school program offers developmentally appropriate classes with an emphasis on individualized, academic, physical and social education. MLC’s curriculum is adapted and designed to help our students acquire the skills necessary to achieve independent living, employment and personal achievements. The MLC adult Monarch program offers Life-Centered Education, Work-Based Learning, and Continuing Education Classes to empower young adults with intellectual disabilities to lead happy productive lives as members of the community.

 

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