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Society of Entrepreneurs Roundtable Luncheon Features Attorney Alan Crone

The Society of Entrepreneurs July Roundtable Luncheon featured employment law attorney Alan Crone who spoke about “5 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know."
Business leaders enjoyed networking and lunch at Napa Cafe, along with a Q&A session regarding legal business solutions with Crone, whose firm specializes in employment law compliance, intellectual property protection, non-compete and other customized legal solutions. In addition to his law practice, Crone also serves as Special Counsel to the Mayor of the City of Memphis, Jim Strickland.
The Society of Entrepreneurs was founded in 1991 to foster the development of the entrepreneurial spirit and recognize the various contributions of area entrepreneurs. Its membership is comprised of local and regional business owners, presidents and other key executives, chosen annually by their peers. The organization holds a monthly roundtable luncheon featuring local and regional experts on topics that are integral to an entrepreneur's success. For more information, visit www.soememphis.com.
Alan Crone, employment law attorney, spoke at the Society of Entrepreneurs Roundable in July about "5 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know."

Pearson Crutcher of the Society of Entrepreneurs and SEACAP Financial's Mackie Gober meet prior to the SOE Roundtable Luncheon featuring speaker, attorney Alan Crone.

Rebecca Dawson, Cynthia Ogden and Stacey Ferguson were among the attendees at The Society of Entrepreneurs recent roundtable luncheon at Napa Cafe.

Rudi Scheidt and Denise Higdon visit with Steve Johnson during The Society of Entrepreneurs' monthly roundtable luncheon, held in July at Napa Cafe.

Guest speaker and attorney Alan Crone visits with Larry Colbert of Junior Achievement during The Society of Entrepreneurs' monthly roundtable luncheon.
Posted by Kim Coleman at Monday, September 11, 2017

Girls Inc. Celebration Luncheon

Nearly 600 friends and supporters packed the Pipkin Building on June 14 for Girls Inc. of Memphis' annual Celebration Luncheon. Guests celebrated girl and women honorees, shared lunch and raised funds that will help Girls Inc. of Memphis to continue to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Attendees contributed more than $26,000 above and beyond ticket sales and sponsorships during the Strong, Smart and Bold Investment challenge - a record-breaking total that will provide scholarships for 52 families for whom program fees are just out of reach.

Winner of the 2017 Girl of the Year Award Shakira Amin; Winner of the 2017 Bold Girl Award  Sha’Starriya Spearman; Winner of the 2017 Bold Award Becky Wilson

VIPs gathered on the eve of this year's Celebration Luncheon for a special celebration at Cafe Society. Left to right - Bold Girl Award winner Sha’Starriya Spearman; Strong Girl Award winner Davida Stocking; Smart Award winner Patricia C. Howard; Girl of the Year Shakira Amin; Smart Girl Award winner Trinity Worthy; Strong Award winner Brooke Jones.

Winners of the 2017 Smart Girl Award and Smart Award - Trinity Worthy and Patricia C. Howard

Winners of the 2017 Strong Girl Award and Strong Award - Davida Stocking and Brooke Jones

Posted by Kim Coleman at Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Recording Academy Member Celebration

The Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy hosted its annual Member Celebration at the Halloran Centre on Monday, June 19. The event welcomes Chapter members from across the service area, which spans from Memphis to New Orleans to St. Louis. Members enjoyed networking, food and drinks and also were treated to performances from noted Chapter members Julien Baker, Alfred Banks, Marco Pave and Don Bryant & The Bo-Keys.

Photos by Greg Campbell for Recording Academy/WireImage

Memphis Chapter Governors Cindy Cogbill and Pat Mitchell Worley with Bryan Hayes

Memphis Chapter President Gebre Waddell, Jerry Phillips, and Memphis Chapter Governor Matt Ross-Spang

Memphis Chapter Governors John Paul Keith, Matt Ross-Spang, Sean Ardoin, Justin Fisher, Carl Nappa, Memphis Chapter President Gebre Waddell

GRAMMY-winner and Recording Academy Memphis Chapter Governor Kirk Whalum, Recording Academy Memphis Chapter Sr. Executive Director Jon Hornyak and Recording Academy South Regional Director Susan Stewart

McKenna Bray, Memphis Chapter Governors Susan Marshall, Halley Phillips, Vicki Loveland
Posted by Kim Coleman at Thursday, June 29, 2017

JLM Princess Reception

On June 4, the Junior League of Memphis held a Princess Reception at the Community Resource Center in honor of three lovely young ladies.

Olivia O'Keefe is the representing the Junior League of Memphis and Janie White is representing the Junior League of Memphis Garden Club on the 2017 Royal Court of Carnival. Aislinn Towne is representing the Junior League of Memphis on the court of the 2017 Germantown Charity Horse Show.

Each princess was gifted with a silver mint julep cup, engraved with her initials and the emblem of Junior League of Memphis. Carnival Memphis King Edward Dobbs and Queen Tayloe Lowrance attended the reception and presented each young lady with a coveted Carnival Memphis medallion. Also supporting the cause were Carnival Memphis President Dr. Jeff Cole and his wife, Floy; parents of the queen, Kim and Collie Lowrance; and King Dobbs' wife, Cindy. Joining them were Drew Crain, Preston Roberts and Marshall Sullivan, all members of the Loyal Order of Scarabs.

The Junior League of Memphis has been a long-time supporter of Carnival Memphis. This year's reception was coordinated by Didi Dwyer, Princess Chairman for Junior League of Memphis.

Carnival Memphis King Edwards Dobbs and Queen Tayloe Lowrance

Janie White, Preston Roberts, Aislinn Towne, Drew Crain, Olivia O'Keefe and Marshall Sullivan





Posted by Kim Coleman at Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Blues Music Awards

An amazing gathering of musicians joined music business professionals and devoted fans on May 11 to honor the best in blues for the past year. The Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee transformed into a joyous blues party during the 38th annual Blues Music Awards as The Blues Foundation shined the spotlight on the remarkable work created by the night’s honorees.

 Bobby Rush and Fantastic Negrito

William Bell

The Bland Family

"Women In Music" is a supergroup of blues women featuring Fiona Boyes, Nancy Wright, Lara Price, Vanessa Collier, Tikyra Jackson, Lisa Mann, and Eden Brent

Posted by Kim Coleman at Thursday, June 1, 2017

Inaugural NightinGala

Nurses from across Memphis and Shelby County attended the inaugural NightinGala Celebration presented by the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) May 5. The dinner and silent auction at the University Club celebrated the accomplishments of nurses and the impact the profession has on the community. The guest speaker was Miss Colorado 2015 Kelley Johnson, who during the Miss America pageant that year performed an original monologue about her experiences as a nurse. The event was held in conjunction with the 2017 UTHSC College of Nursing Alumni Weekend and National Nurses Week, May 6-12. Gold Sponsors for the event were the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

Dr. Michael Carter, Dr. Judy Martin and Willie Martin Jr.

Michael Ugwueke, Dr. Alisa Haushalter, David Mills

Jim and Dr. Diane  Pace

UTHSC Nursing Dean Dr. Wendy Likes, Jasmine Osborn, Kelley Johnson

Posted by Kim Coleman at Thursday, June 1, 2017

Junior League of Memphis Garden Club "A Garden Party"

An abundance of blooming plants, ferns and garden statuary provided the perfect backdrop for the May meeting of the Junior League of Memphis Garden Club, which was held in a greenhouse at Millstone Market and Nursery. Many of the attendees donned hats for the outing to play to the meeting's theme, “A Garden Party.” Millstone gifted the JLM Garden Club with 5% of the purchases made by the group after the meeting. The proceeds will be used to support the club’s community projects.

Michel Allen, Emily Adams Keplinger, Sarah Richardson, Katherine Godoy, Elizabeth Martin, Jessica Robinson, Summer Godman, Diane Copley and Autumn Goerke

Mary Simon, Diane Copley and Priscilla Alexander

Leslie Dunavant, Joyce Nussbaum, Katherine Godoy, Jan Rochelle, Melinda Rothenberg and Samantha Towne

Jan Cornaghie, Gay Landaiche, Elizabeth Martin, Sarah Norton and Suzanne Brown

Posted by Kim Coleman at Monday, May 15, 2017

"Horse and Garden" Flower Show

The Germantown Chamber of Commerce opened The Suburban Garden Club’s recent “Horse and Garden” flower show held at the Germantown Country Club. The expansive show attracted hundreds of guests–many from other garden clubs. This large show required a minimum of 15 judges who gave the federated club a substantial score that will allow it to seek an award.


The theme of the “Horse and Garden” show relied on the rich history the club has with both the city and the Germantown Charity Horse Show. The 36 individual designs had equestrian themes that paid homage to both the past and present of Germantown. The exhibits carried titles such as “A Call to the Hounds,” Breakfast at the Hunt,” and “Saddle up at the Germantown Charity Horse Show” There were interpretations of framed prints, table entertaining artistry, window boxes, and the always beloved miniatures.


Despite the recent unpredictable weather, there were over 400 home-grown Horticulture specimens each in its own bottle, identified, and labeled. They filled the main dining room of the Germantown Country Club along with four Educational exhibits that depicted the history of Germantown’s Charity Horse Show, public gardens, and horse farms.


Elaine Hare was the Chairman of the show; Liz Thomas and Susan Thompson were the Staging Chairmen; Elizabeth Ferguson and Martha Hester were the Horticulture Chairmen, and Barbara Armstrong and Elizabeth Ferguson wrote the detailed Flower Show Schedule Jan Rochelle designed the show’s logo and other artwork used in the show schedule Lauren McGehee, president of Suburban, served at large.

Liz Thomas, Martha Hester, Elaine Hare, and Lauren McGehee

Cecelia Clanton, noted Mississippi landscaper, and
Mary Jane Criss from Southwind Garden Club

Sue Woodall and Martha Hester, Horticluture Chairman

Kathy Clark, Pam Cambell, and Barbara Billions all from Le Bonheur Garden Club

Posted by Kim Coleman at Monday, May 8, 2017

Blue Pump Gala

The Blue Pump Gala was held March 23 at the Memphis Botanic Garden. The event, hosted by the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center, was held in conjunction with the annual Choosing Transportation Summit. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund scholarships for female students pursuing majors in transportation and logistics. Among those attending the event were:

Stephanie Ivey, Roquita Coleman-Williams, Kate Tooley, Frances Gutt and Cheryl Citrone

Yuan Zhou, Darren Van Winkle, Marty Lipinski, Sean Ellis, Khademul Hauqe, Santosh Bhattarai and Golnaz Sarram

Roquita Coleman-Williams, Darren Van Winkle and Stephanie Ivey

Bill Weppner, Linda Lipinski and Dr. Marty Lipinski

Photos by Vaco Memphis
Posted by Kim Coleman at Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tribute to Onie Johns, Executive Director of Caritas Village

What a lovely celebration! A special tribute was held Feb. 4 for Onie Johns as she retired from her position as Executive Director of Caritas Village.

Since opening Caritas Village as a nonprofit organization in 2006, Onie has spent over 42,000 hours of her time establishing and nurturing this unique place that is part coffee shop, part community meeting hall, and part art gallery and performing arts theater.

“Caritas Village was intended to give people in the Binghamton neighborhood a safe haven that offered nourishment for the body and the soul,” explained Onie. “For instance, we have served over 20,000 meals annually, one-third of which are served free of charge to those in need of a hot meal.”

Even in her retirement, Onie plans to continue to support Caritas Village and we are certain that she will continue to inspire others in her beloved community.


Posted by Kim Coleman at Monday, February 13, 2017

Memphis in May Poster Unveiling

2017 Memphis in May Board Chairman Bobbi Gillis and local artist Nick Peña display his original artwork for this year's Fine Arts Poster. The work features a vibrant array of colors, symbols and landscapes from Colombia, this year's honored country.

This year's MIM poster artist Nick Peña was joined by John Bobango and John Farris for the unveiling ceremony. Farris Bobango Attorneys at Law is the sponsor of this year's Fine Arts Poster.

Al and Jan Lyons joined Jan and Ron Coleman for the unveiling ceremony of this year's Memphis in May Fine Arts Poster. Al was the 2009 Board Chairman of Memphis in May and Ron served as the organization's 2014 Board Chairman.

Glynn and Davey Weakes, of 1910 Frame Works, were among those attending the unveiling ceremony for this year's Memphis in May Fine Arts Poster. 1910 Frame Works has been the official framer for the Memphis in May Fine Arts Poster for over 25 years.

Calvin and Belinda Anderson were among those attending the unveiling ceremony for this year's Memphis in May Fine Arts Poster. Calvin was the organization's 2012 Board Chairman.

Posted by Kim Coleman at Monday, February 6, 2017