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Briefs & Things: Speakers set for 2012 Kennedy Day Dinner

Jimmy Naifeh, who was first elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1974 and was Speaker of the House from 1991 to 2009, will be honored at the traditional Kennedy Day Dinner on June 8, 2012. Naifeh, who served longer as Speaker than anyone else in Tennessee history, will be awarded the Kennedy Award by the Shelby County Democratic Party.

The keynote speaker will be D'Army Bailey, attorney, judge, author and a founder of the National Civil Rights Museum. Bailey now practices with the law firm of Wilkes and McHugh.

Park Overall, actress and Democratic candidate for the United States Senate, will speak on women's issues.

The Kennedy Day Dinner is a fundraiser sponsored by the Shelby County Democratic Party. The event will be held at the Balinese Ballroom at 330 North Main Street from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Dinner tickets are $100 per person or $1000 for a table. A VIP reception will precede the dinner (6 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and tickets are $50.

All tickets may be purchased online (www.shelbydem.org) or by calling 395-4729 for more information.

Gala to benefit Pat Gill Scholarship Fund

The Phi Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will host its Annual Gala benefiting the Patricia A. Gill Scholarship Fund on Saturday (June 2) at 7 p.m. at The Racquet Club of Memphis.

The theme is Glitz and Glam, "A Pink Carpet Affair" with award presentations, live auction, and entertainment by Memphis' Trio Plus Band. Phi Lambda Omega will recognize Pat Gill Scholarship recipients and four members of the Memphis and Shelby County community will be honored in the areas of arts, philanthropy, political activism and religion.

Pat Gill, a charter member of the Phi Lambda Omega Chapter, was a well-known performing artist in the Memphis community before her death to breast cancer in 1999. In 2000, the Pat Gill Performing Arts Scholarship was created in response to rising college education costs and the reduction in available financial aid.

To purchase, contact Gloria Jenkins, fundraising chairman, at 901-497-4973 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Collaborative sets South Memphis area clean up

Prestigious Learning Academy (PLA), Women Empowerment Knowledge and Nurture (WE KAN), and Network Maintenance will hold its first collaborative South Memphis Area Community Clean Up on June 14.

The "Community Clean Sweep" will be held in the Gaston Community, where volunteers will meet at Prestigious Learning Academy located at 399 Gaston. Sign up continues until June 12 at 5 p.m.

The event will not only be a clean up but a celebration of improvement as well. There will be catered food and door prizes for the volunteers (more are needed).

Prestigious Learning Academy is a daycare center that caters to underprivileged and underrepresented children in the community. WE is an organization/support group that presents an opportunity for young ladies to promote societal change through self-improvement. Network Construction is a small construction company that does residential/commercial building and renovations to better improve communities.

For more information, contact Prestigious Learning Academy via Shondra Hampton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or WE KAN through Breyanna Hampton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Ride for life event unfolds on June 3

The Ride for Life Bike-Bike-A-Thon, designed to promote organ and tissue donation awareness, will roll out Sunday (June 3), beginning at 2 p.m. at Memorial Park at Poplar Ave. and I-240.

On site registration begins at 1 p.m. Select health screens will be offered free. Other free activities will include entertainment for kids and adults, with a miniature biking tour available for children inside the park.

The event is sponsored by the Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Inc. Other sponsors include Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery and Saint Francis Healthcare.

Register at www.memphishightailers.com. For more details visit midsouthtransplant.org.

BRIEFLY: The Greater Memphis Chamber is hosting a free public forum on Memphis International Airport Service Issues on June 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Christian Brothers University (University Theater) at 650 East Parkway South. Seats are limited and registration is required. Contact Donna Hall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 901-543-3558.

BRIEFLY: Mid-South models are ready to "Rock Da Runway" on Sunday (June 3) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Raleigh Springs Mall. The fashion and entertainment production will feature Atlanta artist JL singing his latest hit "Addicted" and Valerie U Rock Bumpus (K-Mel) and more. Discounted Tickets: $20/door. Tickets: 901-650-4955; or 251-454-5644. Come dressed to impress; refreshments served. Sponsored by: Katwalk Planet of Atlanta, Dreamland Productions & Raleigh Springs Mall, Ms. Lady JJ, Freelance video /TV Shows. For more info: visit www.ajedreamland.co

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