by Tarrin McGhee
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
The first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, will be the special guest at an Obama for America fundraising reception to be held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center on June 28 at 11:30 a.m.
The reception is open to the public, and ticket prices for the event range from $500 for individual tickets to $5,000 for two reception tickets and a photo with the first lady. For $35,000 the option to co-chair the reception is also available and includes six tickets plus a photo for two.
The City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods will hold registration for pool identification cards June 7th and 8th. Everyone attending a City of Memphis aquatic facility must have a Park Services pool photo identification card.
Agape Child & Family Services' annual HeartLight fundraiser, presented by IMC Companies, will feature Dr. Maya Angelou.
The participation of the iconic poet, filmmaker, author, playwright and civil rights activist is designed to bridge the gap between community responsibility and the love that Agape shares for helping families in need.
A new scholarship has been established to honor Dr. Shirley Raines, president of the University of Memphis, by Brad Martin and his wife, Dina Martin. The scholarship, which will be awarded annually to three undergraduates from West Tennessee who intend to pursue a career in teaching, is being underwritten initially by a commitment of $100,000 from the Martins.
The scholarship recognizes Raines for her leadership of the University of Memphis since July 2001.
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell called it a rare event that proves everyone benefits when the goal is collaboration.
Mayor A C Wharton Jr. noted that the City of Memphis and Shelby County are collaborating with Wells Fargo bank on "a new partnership that will bring stability and renewed prosperity to some of our community's hardest-hit neighborhoods."
And attorney Webb Brewer, who was on the ground floor of the multi-million lawsuit accusing Wells Fargo of lending discrimination, said that while he is pleased, the hardest part – enforcement of the settlement – likely still is ahead.
This year's version of the annual wrangling between the mayor's office and the Memphis City Council over the city's budget for the next fiscal year is expected to eventually give way to a final vote on the budget on Tuesday (June 5).
Council members Harold Collins, Edmund Ford Jr. and Jim Strickland each have their own versions of a proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.