The 5th Annual Tri-State Defender Men of Excellence Awards Dinner and VIP Reception was truly one for the records. With 300-plus in attendance, including Memphis dignitaries such as Mayor AC Wharton Jr. and his wife Ruby, Downtown Commission President, Paul Morris and Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett, it was certainly a grand occasion to celebrate the contributions of this year's MOE honorees.
The event consisted of various layers of positive expression and connection. During the dinner and awards presentation, The Sidney Kirk ensemble provided a music tribute to our honorees singing many jazz and soul classics. Aided by the super soulful voice of Cidney Joy Kirk (daughter of band leader Sidney Kirk), the ensemble left an impression on our guest with tunes such as "Route 66," "Unforgettable," "Summertime," and "God Bless the Child."
During the reception, our guests mingled and made connections. Saxophonist Cameron Ross set an elegant and festive atmosphere with his mellow and melodic tunes.
- Written by Bernal E. Smith II
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