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American Heart Association

Café du Memphis 

Cocktails for a Cause

 

GreekFest 2019

National Football Foundation

WMC Reunion


Stories and Photos by Virginia M. Davis, Emily Adams Keplinger and Gaye Swan.

 
 

American Heart Association

Go Red for Women Luncheon

Go Red for Women strides ahead with a vigorous beat 15 years after its launch by the American Heart Association. The social initiative seeks to empower women to take charge of their heart health. It challenges women to learn their risks for heart disease and to take action to reduce their personal risks. It advocates for awareness of the issues of women and heart disease, and also action to save more lives. Go Red for Women supporters joined to recognize its mission during a luncheon at The Great Hall. Katina Rankin, co-anchor of Local 24 News, gave opening remarks. The program included remarks and introductions by co-chairs Denise Burnett-Stewart and Beth Washington. Personal stories of local heart disease and stroke survivors were shared with guests. A fashion show featuring survivors followed. CVS Health, a national sponsor of Go Red for Women, joined local organizations in sponsoring the event.

 

 
 

Café du Memphis 

Great Food, Fine Service, Rotary Style

Rotary Club of Memphis has a motto that overlays its many community projects: “Service Above Self.” Its members prepared and served huge helpings of hope during the fifth annual Café du Memphis. Joe Birch of WMC Action News 5 emceed the event, which featured New Orleans jazz performed by Jeremy Shrader and his band. Grits were boiled by the gallon, shrimp steamed by the pound and beignets fried up galore. As each batch of beignets turned to golden puffs, the head cook yelled, “Serve ‘em up!” Blue-aproned Rotary volunteers would then deliver plates of the delicious brunch to guests. The outdoor event was situated next to the fountain just west of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Proceeds from Café du Memphis benefit The Dorothy Day House, a residence that allows entire families to live together as they transition out of homelessness.

     
 

Cocktails for a Cause

Benefitting Girls Inc.

Hosted by Kathy and Kelly Fish, Cocktails for a Cause raises awareness and funds for local non-profits on the first Friday of the month, six times a year. The charming Midtown backyard is the perfect spot for guests to nibble, chat, sip and donate. Recently guests gathered poolside to support Girls Inc., an organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold, through direct service and advocacy. The happy hour featured signature drinks GINder Equity and GALperol Spritz, wine, beer and light appetizers. Behind the outdoor bar were celebrity bartenders Sharon Posman, Senior Vice President, Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance; Beverly Robertson, President and CEO, Greater Memphis Chamber; and Gina Sweat, Director, City of Memphis Fire Department. “Kelly and Kathy are amazing to offer us this opportunity to share our story with the community in their beautiful home,” said Lisa Moore, CEO of Girls Inc.

     
 

GreekFest 2019

OPA!

The annual Greek Festival, held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Highland, is a celebration without parallel. For the cost of a small admission fee, or three cans of food, festival-goers were transported to the Greek Isles. As the crowd consumed authentic, homemade Greek foods, the Athenian Dance Troupe performed traditional Greek dances. The purpose of this festival was to share Greek heritage and culture, as well as food and faith, with the community. Renee Graves, organizer of the church tours, dressed in an ensemble featuring the signature “Santorini blue” color, greeted guests and shared history about the stained glass windows and the newly installed, hand-carved altar wall. “This festival is our best outreach to let people know who we are,” said Graves. “The event is also a money maker. Proceeds are designated for local charities and the collected canned food is donated to the Memphis Food Bank.”

 

National Football Foundation

47th Annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner

Rhodes College hosted the 47th annual Black Tie Dinner presented by the Memphis Chapter of the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame. Eleven high school and two college scholar-athletes from the Memphis area accepted scholarship awards during the event. Germantown High School Head Coach Chris Smith accepted the 2019 Rex Award, given in memory of the late Rex Dockery, head coach of the Memphis State University Tigers football team. Mark Fisher, assistant football coach at Millington Central High School, received the 2019 Mario Reed Courage Award. The award honors a former Millington player who sustained a catastrophic injury during his sophomore year in 1997. Reed heads the nonprofit organization, Mario Reed Foundation, http://marioreedfoundation.org/. NFF has 120 chapters nationwide. It operates programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. The Memphis chapter was established in 1963.

 

WMC Reunion

Remembering and Reminiscing

Recently the stars really did come out at night as Joe and Robyn Birch hosted a WMC 1960 (re)Union at their Hein Park home. Radio and TV personalities, past and present, from WMC gathered together for a walk down Memory Lane. Guests enjoyed reliving stories from their careers as they jockeyed for position in group photos with former colleagues. “The party was inspired by former WMC reporter Basil Hero who was in town for a signing event for his book, ‘Mission of a Lifetime,’ about the astronauts who walked on the moon,” explained Birch. “It was a family reunion of colleagues who have worked at WMC in every decade from the 1960s to the present.” Although many in the group had moved on or moved away, it was clear that this was a cadre of friends with a special bond and a shared experience worth keeping alive.