Regional One Health held its annual fundraising gala at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday night (April 5th) to raise money and awareness for the former Regional Medical Center at Memphis (the MED).
The premiere event, dubbed "MED Night: A Soul Celebration," benefits The MED Foundation and featured, as always, an all-star cast of soulful musicians and entertainers who'd topped the charts in their heyday and remain today as influential as they were during the days of vinyl records.
The sold-out event attracted a gala audience of men and women who listened intently and moved their bodies to the melodious music of the New Ballet Ensemble and the captivating performances by Shirley Alton Reeves, once the lead singer of The Shirelles, Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue, and Kool & The Gang.
Mulberry Street was overflowing with hundreds of people as they gathered to witness the Breaking of the Chains grand reopening ceremony of the newly renovated National Civil Rights Museum on Saturday.
Reflecting myriad differences and a common appreciation for the significance of the event, they stood shoulder to shoulder on the day after the 46th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination at the Lorraine Hotel. They already had been stirred by the Freedom Forward Parade that began at the Cook Convention Center and proceeded along Second Street to the museum than incorporates the old hotel.
Audible laughter could be heard as journalist, actor, director and producer, Tavis Smiley, jokingly said twice that he wanted the ceremony to move as swiftly as possible, so as to not prolong seeing the inside of the newly renovated center.
The caller says you've won $500,000. Too good to be true? In this case, yes, says the Better Business Bureau.
BBB is warning Mid-Southerners to be wary of calls from the Consumer Protection Bureau (CPB) claiming that they have won money. CPB's website, uscpb.com, claims that they were recently founded to monitor and direct financial matters in our nation.
"The name is just similar enough to that of an actual federal agency to be misleading to consumers," said Randy Hutchinson, president and CEO of BBB of the Mid-South.
Boys, girls to take Oath of Abstinence at Pinky Promise annual event
Boys and girls from throughout the Mid-South will participate in the 2nd PROMISE BALL Black Tie Oath Ceremony & Ring Presentation presented by Pinky Promise International on April 13th at 5 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.
Middle school and high school participants, grades 6-12, will receive a charge to remain abstinent from sexual and substance abuse behaviors. The formal oath ceremony will conclude with a ring presentation and waltz dance.
Rose Jackson Flenorl, manager of Social Responsibility at FedEx Corporation, is the keynote speaker.
The Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. observed the 80th anniversary of the Memphis graduate chapter's chartering last Saturday (March 29th).
Approximately 200 members wearing the sorority's signature colors of pink and green were on hand for the ceremony, which featured inspirational words from fellow AKA member the Rev. Rosalyn Nichols, the keynote speaker of the program held at Middle Baptist Church-Whitehaven.
Nichols's message centered on the theme of "What Motivates a Woman." She drew parallels to how women of AKA share what is precious to them to help others, much like the woman described in the Gospel of Mark who poured expensive perfumed oil on Jesus from her alabaster jar.
The New Tri-State Defender's "Women of Excellence" will be acknowledged and honored by their peers, family, friends and community leaders in a grand Champagne Brunch and Awards Presentation on Saturday, April 26th at 10 a.m. at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, 750 Cherry Rd.
The annual event will celebrate and honor 50 African-American women who motivate and inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and personal contribution to the community through service.
Over the past seven years, The TSD has honored 300-plus outstanding African American professionals and community leaders.
The proposed plan to renovate Southbrook Mall was delayed for another two weeks at the Memphis City Council meeting on Tuesday (April 1st) and the management team for the mall's owners, Southbrook Properties, took the development in stride.
The team's spirits were bolstered earlier in the day during a probing session by the council's Economic Development Committee (EDC) that seemed to point toward a decision that eventually would be in the group's favor.
"I'm happy. We all are. We have to be," said Southbrook Properties Chairman Willie Harper, who huddled outside of City Hall with team members Cherry Davis, Jerry Johnson, consultant Greg Grant and mall tenant Coleman Thompson.