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1. Archer Malmo Leads PRSA’s Vox Awards Pack -

The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has handed out its 2015 VOX Awards for excellence in communications.

More than 125 public relations professionals and guests attended the recent Speakeasy-themed event at Minglewood Hall. In addition to the awards, Kimberly Rossie of Youth Villages was named 2015 Professional of the Year.

2. Aerosmith Frontman Tyler Partnering with Youth Villages -

In November of 1989, Aerosmith released its hit song “Janie’s Got a Gun.” The song, as the title implies, took a direct route to the issue of child abuse.

Now Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, who co-wrote the song, has announced a partnership with nonprofit Youth Villages in Memphis: “Janie’s Fund” will have the goal of providing trauma-informed care and experiential therapies to girls who have histories of being abused and/or neglected.

3. Archer Malmo Leads PRSA’s Vox Awards Pack -

The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has handed out its 2015 VOX Awards for excellence in communications.

More than 125 public relations professionals and guests attended the recent Speakeasy-themed event at Minglewood Hall. In addition to the awards, Kimberly Rossie of Youth Villages was named 2015 Professional of the Year.

4. Events -

Banjos and Bonfires will be held Friday, Nov. 6, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Felicia Suzanne’s, 80 Monroe Ave. L1. The evening will feature bluegrass music, a bonfire, and light appetizers and drinks; proceeds benefit the Church Health Center. Call 901-523-0877 for details.

5. Events -

Phillip Ashley Chocolates will host a Spectrum tasting event Thursday, Oct. 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Jay Etkin Gallery, 942 S. Cooper St. The tasting will feature seven flights of chocolate paired with seven varieties of whiskey, plus live music and hors d’oeuvres. Cost is $60. Visit phillipashleychocolates.com/spectrum for tickets.

6. Events -

43rd annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 9-11, in Audubon Park. Shop for artisan crafts and enjoy live music, artists demonstrations, family activities and more. Visit memphismuseums.org for hours and ticket prices.

7. Events -

2015 Cooper Young Festival Art Invitational will be held Thursday, Sept. 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Jay Etkin Gallery, 942 S. Cooper St. The free event allows Cooper-Young artists to showcase their work in a gallery environment. Visit cooperyoungfestival.com.

8. Events -

Endowment Resource Group will host two seminars for nonprofits Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. and noon at Triumph Bank, 5699 Poplar Ave. The seminar will focus on avoiding the most common endowment-related mistakes nonprofits make. Cost is free; register at healthyendowment.com.

9. Events -

Artspace Consulting Services will host public meetings on the future of Memphis College of Art’s Downtown property Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at 477 S. Main St. The public is invited to share their ideas about possible uses for the building. RSVP is recommended, but not required. Visit bit.ly/1PqezEW for details.

10. Study Finds Merit In Youth Villages' Transitional Program -

Youth Villages’ 17-year-old transition program for children aging out of the foster care system at age 18 improved participants’ outcomes in housing stability, economic well-being, and employment and earnings, according to a new clinical study by nonprofit research organization MDRC.

11. Memphis Football Players to Get Red Cross Training -

Players on the University of Memphis football team have helped restock the FedExFamily House adjacent to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. They have volunteered and worked with children at Youth Villages. They have read to kids at Campus School. And they have worked to clear ravines of undergrowth at the Memphis Athletic Ministries’ Grizzlies Center.

12. Memphis Football Players to Receive Red Cross Training -

Players on the University of Memphis football team have helped restock the FedExFamily House adjacent to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. They have volunteered and worked with children at Youth Villages. They have read to kids at Campus School. And they have worked to clear ravines of undergrowth at the Memphis Athletic Ministries’ Grizzlies Center.

13. Events -

Youth Villages Soup Sunday will be held Sunday, Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FedExForum, 191 Beale St. The event will feature soup, bread, dessert and other delicacies from more than 50 Memphis-area restaurants and caterers, plus live entertainment and Kids Zone. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for ages 6-10. Visit soupsunday.org.

14. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Sharon Draper, author of “Stella by Starlight,” for a discussion and signing Friday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

15. Events -

National Black MBA Association, Memphis chapter will host its 2015 kickoff meeting, “Reaching Your Financial Goals: How Fit is Your Plan?” Thursday, Jan. 22, from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at International Paper headquarters, Tower 3, 6400 Poplar Ave. The guest speaker is Roland Cole, financial adviser with Duncan-Williams’ Private Client Group. Visit nbmbaamemphis.org.

16. Bible Joins Shea Moskovitz & McGhee -

Kirkland Bible has joined family law firm Shea Moskovitz & McGhee as an associate. In her new position, Bible will represent clients in a variety of family law matters, including divorce, post-divorce and child custody matters.

17. Crye-Leike Raises Funds for United Way -

Memphis-based Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. agents and employees collected $64,840 for United Way during the 2013 campaign season.

18. Crye-Leike Raises Funds for United Way -

Memphis-based Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. agents and employees collected $64,840 for United Way during the 2013 campaign season.

19. Events -

Ballet Memphis and Crosstown Arts will present “spark: behind the scenes of ‘World Wonders’” Friday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. Attendees will meet the dancers and artistic staff before the 8 p.m. performance. Cost is free. Visit balletmemphis.org.

20. Youth Villages Honored With National Award -

The Youth Villages Transitional Living Program was one of 15 winners announced Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s national search to identify initiatives making a critical difference in the lives of youth in foster care or involved with the child welfare system.

21. Youth Villages Honored With National Award -

The Youth Villages Transitional Living Program was one of 15 winners announced Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s national search to identify initiatives making a critical difference in the lives of youth in foster care or involved with the child welfare system.

22. PRSA Memphis, Rossie Prep for Busy Year -

The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is kicking off what incoming chapter president Kim Speros Rossie is calling a busy 2014 by naming Beverly Robertson, outgoing president of the National Civil Rights Museum, as the 2014 recipient of the chapter’s Communicator of the Year Award.

23. Events -

Graceland will host an Elvis birthday proclamation and cake-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 9:30 a.m. on the Graceland front lawn, 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd. Cost is free; cake and coffee will be served at the Chrome Grille after the ceremony. Visit elvis.com for other birthday events held through Saturday, Jan. 11.

24. Southeastern Freight Lines Gives Back -

Despite a busy year greatly expanding its facilities in Memphis, Southeastern Freight Lines has found time to give back to the local community through its Southeastern Serves program, donating 39 hours locally and 1,323 total hours nationally to a variety of worthy causes.

25. Grizzlies Now the Team Getting Kicked Around -

It is no longer too early to determine the highlight of the Grizzlies 2013-2014 season.

It happened on Nov. 18 in Los Angeles when Tony Allen jumped and inadvertently kicked Clippers guard Chris Paul in the face.

26. ‘Tremendous Success’ -

Melissa Howard, 20, is an accounting major at the University of Memphis.

In between studying for her classes, she works at the university bookstore. She has a support system for help with important decisions and any obstacles she encounters. And in conversation, she’s upbeat and enthusiastic about her future.

27. Groups Highlight Adoption Awareness in November -

November is Adoption Awareness Month, and local groups like Mid-South Alliance and Agape Child & Family Services are working to provide safe and loving homes for more than 1,100 children in foster care in Shelby County.

28. Fright Nights -

Although his official title is owner and operator of Hauntedweb of Horrors in Cordova, Patrick French’s friends and colleagues call him The Haunt Master.

29. Raymond James Boosts Local Community Efforts -

A new website and a significant sponsorship are two of the latest ways Raymond James Inc. is demonstrating its commitment to Memphis.

30. Indie Memphis Unveils New Festival Lineup -

The lineup for this year’s 16th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival is set.

During a preview party at the new Hi-Tone Café Thursday night, director Craig Brewer lifted the curtain on the slate of films being shown at this year’s festival, which kicks off on Halloween. The four-day event runs from Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 and includes more than 45 feature films that will be shown on five screens in the Overton Square district.

31. FedEx Cares Week Builds Community Support -

FedEx Corp. wraps up its ninth annual FedEx cares Week on Friday, as more than 900 local FedEx employees have volunteered in the community for a variety of organizations.

32. Music Outreach -

In a nontraditional move for the orchestra industry, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra has formed a dedicated community engagement department, with the goals of educating and enriching the Memphis community with innovative projects and services while at the same time attracting new audience members for the concert hall.

33. Orion Gives Back to Local Community -

Orion Federal Credit Union is making a big difference throughout the Mid-South area with its Orion Gives Back community involvement program, working with a diverse range of local nonprofit organizations and helping to shine a light on their various missions.

34. Christ Community Health Services Names Hollabaugh Development Director -

Bonnie Hollabaugh has joined nonprofit Christ Community Health Services, the largest primary care provider in Memphis, as director of development. Hollabaugh’s nonprofit development experience includes extensive work with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis, Girls Inc. of Memphis and Hutchison School.

35. Success: More Than ‘Feel Good’ -

Part two of a two-part interview. Success in business is not enough. In fact, nonprofit involvement – and giving – can be a greater “buzz” than continued business growth.

36. Can’t Sell What You Don’t Know -

Part one of a two-part interview with Mike Bruns. Mike Bruns possesses the characteristics of an ideal board member: deeply engaged with the organizations he supports, generous as a donor, and he treats his nonprofit involvement with the same seriousness he applies to business ventures.

37. Orion Donates $7,500 to Nonprofit Groups -

Orion Federal Credit Union has since the beginning of the year donated more than $7,500 and more than 1,000 items to seven local nonprofit groups.

The charitable giving is part of the credit union’s community involvement program, Orion Gives Back. Launched in January 2012, Orion chooses a nonprofit each month to be the focus of the giving initiative.

38. Orion Donates $7,500 to Nonprofit Groups -

Orion Federal Credit Union has since the beginning of the year donated more than $7,500 and more than 1,000 items to seven local nonprofit groups.

The charitable giving is part of the credit union’s community involvement program, Orion Gives Back. Launched in January 2012, Orion chooses a nonprofit each month to be the focus of the giving initiative.

39. Maintaining Citizenship -

For the fifth straight year, Memphis-based Medtronic Spine employees are spending the month of June volunteering at more than a dozen locations in the area.

The effort, dubbed Project Six, helps kick off Medtronic Spine’s volunteer efforts throughout the year and also practices the sixth tenet of the company’s mission to maintain good corporate citizenship, said Victor Rocha, a spokesman for the company. The company-wide, global project helps unite Medtronic employees through volunteerism.

40. Baker Donelson Litigator Tom Comes Full Circle -

Robert Tom, commercial and business litigation attorney for Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, has been elected shareholder of the law firm.

The 35-year-old Tom grew up in Memphis and attended Memphis University School before going to Emory University in Atlanta to study business and finance. Becoming an attorney was never even on his radar screen.

41. Data Facts Leading by Example -

Last week we highlighted Friends For Life Corp., which is an organization helping people affected by HIV/AIDS to live well. This week let us discuss an important trend in corporate philanthropy and spotlight a local company leading by example.

42. Fresh Focus -

For family-owned Mosa Asian Bistro in East Memphis, freshness is the key to success.

The neighborhood restaurant creatively blends different styles of Asian cooking into customizable dishes, and it has grown steadily over the years thanks to repeat business from satisfied customers.

43. Events -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, March 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thomas Center at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. Mike Bruns, board chairman for Youth Villages and the Church Health Center, will discuss board engagement and fundraising. Cost is $15 for AFP members and $25 for nonmembers. Register at afpmemphis.org.

44. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis East will meet Wednesday, March 6, at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty will speak. Cost is $17. R.S.V.P. to Lee Hughes at lmhughes@bellsouth.net.

45. Events -

The Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society will meet Tuesday, March 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Madison Hotel, 79 Madison Ave. Alan Gura of Gura & Possessky PLLC will present “The Right to Bear Arms for Self-Defense Outside the Home.” Cost is $30 for members and $35 for guests. R.S.V.P. to Greg Grisham at gregory.grisham@jacksonlewis.com or 462-2616.

46. Events -

Calvary Episcopal Church will hold its 2013 Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop on weekdays through March 22 at the church, 102 N. Second St. Speakers from various faiths will speak from 12:05 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.; the Waffle Shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Visit calvarymemphis.org for a list of speakers.

47. More Holiday Givebacks -

Last week we shared some easy holiday givebacks with The Exchange Club Family Center, SRVS, Shield Inc. and Youth Villages. Keeping the spirit alive, this week let us share more ways you can celebrate the holidays while giving back, at the same time.

48. More Ideas for Holiday Givebacks -

Last week we spotlighted The Exchange Club Family Center, which is an organization focused on helping families and breaking the cycle of child abuse and neglect. Before we announce the topic for this week’s column, let us thank the hundreds of volunteers that came out on Saturday, Nov. 17, for the McKellar Lake Cleanup. More than 5,000 pounds of trash was removed from the area with 2,750 pounds being recycled. Now it is time to explore a few ways we can give back using holiday cards, honorariums and unwrapped toys.

49. Great Outdoors University Hits Milestone, Eyes Expansion -

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Great Outdoors University program is fulfilling its goal to connect inner-city children with nature in meaningful, life-changing ways.

The youth conservation education and outdoor experience program recently surpassed the 12,000 meaningful experiences milestone and now prepares for expansion into North Carolina and Missouri, as well as growing in Tennessee.

50. GiVE 365 Names Nine Grant Recipients -

DeNeuville Learning Center. KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools. Shelby County Books from Birth. WriteMemphis.

These are some of the nine recipients of this year’s GiVE 365 grants. GiVE 365 is an initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis whose members pledge a dollar per day per year, and are encouraged to vote on what causes that money will go. This year’s theme was “Eyes on the Prize: Organizations helping students graduate from high school or college,” and 11 finalists were asked to give three-minute presentations in front of voting members.

51. Song and Dance -

Collectively, Sue Stinson Turner, Lisa Reid and Amy Linthicum have more than a century’s worth of experience in the real estate and banking industries.

52. Executive Speakers Bureau Nears 20 Years -

Memphis-based Executive Speakers Bureau, which helps book speakers or entertainers for client events around the world, hits its 20-year anniversary next year.

And an informal survey of the company’s clients suggests several reasons why it might have lasted this long.

53. Return on Investment -

Most people already know some of the basic elements of the banking business. From the large national lenders with a Memphis presence to the community banks in the suburbs, one common element is they make money by charging borrowers more than the bank pays in interest to depositors.

54. Law Career Lets Gee Fulfill Mission of Helping People -

Peter Gee Jr. was recently named a partner with the Memphis office of Morgan & Morgan, one of the Southeast’s largest consumer protection and injury law firms.

The firm, which branched off from The Cochran Firm, has multiple offices throughout the Southeast, and its attorneys handle auto accident, personal injury and medical malpractice cases, as well as claims against drug and medical device manufacturers.

55. Youth Villages, Darden Partner to Advance Program -

Memphis-based Youth Villages has been selected to receive a $2,000 grant as part of the inaugural Restaurant Community Grant Program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc.

56. Literacy Mid-South’s Dean Appointed to State Coalition -

Kevin Dean, executive director of Literacy Mid-South, has been appointed to the Tennessee Literacy Coalition’s board of directors. The board unanimously approved Dean’s nomination, and he will serve as a representative from West Tennessee for three years.

57. Sister Spencer Instrumental In Youth Villages’ Success -

Sister Barbara Spencer has been changing children’s lives for decades.

As a founding staff member of Memphis-based Youth Villages, she’s been instrumental in its growth from a small nonprofit into a national organization that provides a wide array of services to more than 18,000 children and families annually in 11 states and Washington.

58. Youth Villages Wins $145K Starbucks Foundation Grant -

Memphis-based nonprofit Youth Villages won first place in a recent Starbucks voting promotion and will receive $145,000 from the company to help children with emotional and behavioral problems and their families in Tennessee and four other states.

59. Brooks’ Therapy Program Awarded National Grant -

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave., has been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts to receive a $44,000 grant to enhance and expand the museum’s Art Therapy Access program.

60. Youth Villages 5K Preps for 30th Birthday Bash -

Despite the ups and downs of the residential real estate market over the last three decades, one of the constants for the Memphis Area Association of Realtors is the support of the annual Youth Villages Inc. 5K.

61. Vox Awards Honor City’s Best Storytellers -

When Holden Potter, president of the Memphis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, was tasked with coming up with this year’s Vox Awards theme, he challenged the planning team to dwell on the realm of public relations and what professionals in the industry truly do for a living.

62. Cloud for Good Connects Nonprofits With Technology -

From an office on the second floor of the EmergeMemphis building at 516 Tennessee St., a small company called Cloud for Good is harnessing the power of cloud technology to help nonprofits develop customized, cost-effective solutions, advance their missions and raise the social return on their investments.

63. Keller Williams' Shaner Receives 2012 Lion Heart -

Jo Shaner of Keller Williams Realty received the 2012 Lion Heart Award at the Youth Villages 5K Kick-Off Party, held last month at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors.

64. Soup Sunday a Recipe for Fundraising Success -

Thousands of Mid-Southerners poured into FedExForum Sunday, Feb. 19, to sample soups and desserts from more than 50 local restaurants and caterers during the Youth Villages Soup Sunday.

It was the 23rd year for the popular event, which raises about $60,000 annually for Youth Villages, a Memphis-based national nonprofit organization that provides a wide array of services, particularly for emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families.

65. Roast Club Holds Weekend Comedy Fest -

Memphis standup and improv comedy performers will come together for the first Memphis Comedy Festival Thursday, Feb. 16, through Sunday, Feb. 19. Presented by the Memphis Roast Club, the festival is at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe Ave.

66. Client Satisfaction Key To Linkous’ Success -

Since its grand opening on May 2, 2010, Highland Church of Christ on Houston Levee Road in Cordova has been a special source of inspiration and promise for congregation member Rusty Linkous, owner and director of business development for Linkous Construction Co. Inc.

67. Meritan Focuses on Awareness, Collaboration -

Meritan, a private nonprofit that provides a vast array of services for seniors, foster children and developmentally disabled and visually impaired individuals in four states, is the largest social services agency in Memphis, second only to Youth Villages.

68. Biz Owners Find Value In Giving Back -

There’s a growing breed of innovative for-profit entrepreneur that views positive social change as the foundation of business.

Rather than garnering donations or applying for grants as a nonprofit entity, social enterprise entrepreneurs are generating revenue and reinvesting profits in the community by providing services or manufacturing products.

69. Get Ready for a Year of Promise -

Happy New Year! We’ve been hearing whispers that 2012 may – just may – be a more prosperous than 2011. There may be more jobs, less unemployment and more good circulating throughout Memphis and the Mid-South. We believe in preparing for the best of times, placing stock in the adage that luck favors the prepared. In term of fundraising for nonprofit organizations and institutions, preparation is always the bedrock.

70. Scaring up Support -

Each Halloween season, Mid-South thrill seekers dare to enter the Hauntedweb of Horrors at 700 N. Germantown Parkway expecting a good scare, but they might be surprised to learn the identities of some of the volunteers behind the scary masks and gory makeup.

71. Leadership Academy Announces Graduates -

The Leadership Academy has announced its September 2011 Fellows Program graduates.

They are Mary Elizabeth Anthony of Smith & Nephew; Gene Baker of Smith & Nephew; TaKeisha Butler of Smith & Nephew; Brenda Caldwell of Dr. B Empowerment Services; Donnell Cobbins Jr. of Universal Commercial Real Estate LLC; Jonathan Cross II of Jonathan Cross Venture & Holdings Corp.; Reggie F. Davis of Street Ministries; Shenenka Davis of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis; Jeb Fields of Commercial Advisors; Jonathan Flynt of Bryce Corp.; Lori Guy of First Horizon National Corp.; Channa Halmon of Le Bonheur Center for Children and Parents; Ursala Holmes of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC; Shannon Izquierdo of FedEx Corp.; Jared Johnson of Pier 1 Imports; Ken Kimble III of Boy Scouts of America – Chickasaw Council; Joy Lockridge of Spherion Staffing Services; Nathan Martin of the University of Memphis; Shawn McCutcheon of Regions Bank; Katie Midgley of the Urban Child Institute; Tanner Mueller of First Tennessee Bank; Bettina Kurtz Pearson of First Tennessee Bank; Robin Poston of the University of Memphis; Kerra Saine of First Tennessee Bank; Joy Stephens of Joy Factor Consulting; Colby Stough of Youth Villages; Carrie Strehlau of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Marvin Todd of FedEx Corp.; Brittney Rogers of Duncan-Williams Inc.; Lindsey Waugh of Medtronic Inc.; Carsett Webber of Wright Medical Technology; Josh White of MAA (formerly Mid-America Apartment Communities); and McLean Wilson of Kemmons Wilson Cos.

72. Youth Villages Receives $42M Grant -

Youth Villages, a Memphis-based national organization that provides a wide array of services to children and families in 11 states and Washington, will receive the largest grant in the organization’s history, and one of the largest ever awarded to a social services organization.

73. WCR Memphis Chapter Receives National Honor -

The Memphis Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors has been recognized nationally for its outstanding recruitment efforts.

The WCR Memphis Chapter won first place in recruitment in the large chapter category by National WCR during the recent National Association of Realtors mid-year convention in Washington.

74. Nonprofit Excellence Gears Up for Conference -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will offer the nonprofit community a full day’s worth of respected industry speakers, panel discussions, breakout sessions and networking opportunities during its sixth annual conference Wednesday.

75. Youth Villages Announces ChristieCare Merger -

Youth Villages has announced a merger, expected to be finalized June 1, with ChristieCare, an Oregon-based provider of residential and educational services to children and families coping with significant mental-health challenges.

76. Youth Villages 5K Slated for Saturday -

Youth Villages will hold its 29th annual YV5K at 9 a.m. Saturday at 1000 Ridgeway Loop, at the intersection of Briarcrest Avenue and the Ridgeway Loop in the Marsh Building.
The Memphis Area Association of Realtors is in its 29th year as a sponsor of the event.
“It’s a great cause and it promises to be a good time, too,” MAAR President Leon Dickson said in a statement. “We at MAAR appreciate the important service that Youth Villages provides for this community.”
Funds raised from the event will benefit Youth Villages’ mentoring, transitional living and spiritual life programs.
Runners and walkers can pre-register online through Wednesday at www.youthvillages5k.org, and packets can be picked up Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MAAR, 6393 Poplar Ave. Registration also will be available on Friday and on the day of the event from 7 to 8 a.m.

77. Blackwell Shines in Career and Community -

Vicki Blackwell is the multifaceted vice president of Crye-Leike Realtors Inc. who excels in her career and in the community.

78. Back to Nature -

Gorgeous weather on Saturday highlighted the Great Outdoors University’s fifth anniversary celebration at Winchester Farms, just east of Memphis along Interstate 40.

A group of 23 kids ages 7 to 17 had the chance to hike, fish and enjoy nature on the 900-acre farm owned by GOU founder and primary benefactor Peter Schutt, who has just been named the National Wildlife Federation’s National Volunteer of the Year. He is the first Tennessean to earn the honor.

79. 'Hutchison Leads' Program Helps Give Back -

Last week we discussed ways to help Youth Villages, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. This week let us explore a formal leadership development program, Hutchison Leads, which is empowering young women through experiences in public policy development, private sector initiatives, civic responsibility, and service learning.

80. Events -

The Memphis Gavel Club will meet Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Henry Brenner from Goodwill Industries will speak. For more information, call Bob Gray at 494-8639.

81. Eating Soup Gives Back -

Last week, we discussed ways you can partner with Memphis Recovery Centers, which is helping adolescents and adults fight drug and alcohol addiction. This week let us grab a spoon and learn how eating soup Feb. 27 can benefit a local nonprofit dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully.

82. Sports Sponsorships Big Biz for Financial Institutions -

The banking sector’s image took a major hit during the recession, as banks took actions that included fee hikes, stepping up foreclosures, closing down some customer accounts and shutting down the lending spigot.

83. Team Work -

January is National Mentoring Month, and the Memphis Grizzlies TEAM UP Youth Mentoring Initiative is preparing to launch its new TEAM Mentoring program.

Instead of traditional one-on-one mentoring, the new program, inspired by other successful models across the country, will feature a 1-to-3 adult-to-student ratio.

84. Youth Villages to Hold Foster Care Seminars -

Youth Villages is hoping some Mid-Southerners will make it their New Year’s resolutions to foster or adopt a child.

The nonprofit will host two information sessions on its campus at 5515 Shelby Oaks Drive Thursday and Saturday for adults who live in Shelby, Fayette or Tipton counties and are interested in becoming foster parents.

85. Bar Prez Plans Year of Service -

During this month’s annual meeting of the Memphis Bar Association, the gavel was passed to a new president who pushed for his colleagues to take summer interns at their firms.

It’s part of a community-minded spirit that private attorney Ricky Wilkins made a theme of his just-ended tenure as the MBA president. And Shuttleworth Williams PLLC partner John Cannon, the MBA’s new president, is picking up right where Wilkins left off.

86. Hall Takes Marketing Talents to Leadership Memphis -

In his roles through the years with organizations such as Hands on Memphis, Youth Villages and the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, Memphian Ken Hall has served as a key thread in the city’s civic fabric.

87. Kocsis Named Curator of Gallery Fifty Six -

Rollin Kocsis has been promoted to curator of Gallery Fifty Six located at 2256 Central Ave.

Hometown: South Bend, Ind.
Work Experience:
As an art teacher for Memphis City Schools for 38 years, I taught art classes to grades 7 through 12 at Gragg High School, Lincoln Junior High, Gragg Alternative High School, Overton Creative and Performing Arts High School, Corry Junior High and Westwood Junior and Senior High School.
Favorite quote:
“As you think so shall you become.” – James Allen
What drew you to Gallery Fifty Six?
I had been looking for a gallery to represent me, and I would drive by Gallery Fifty Six every day on the way home from teaching. I noticed that work was being done to transform the interior into a sophisticated, fine-art gallery, and I was impressed with the results. I decided to present my work to them, and I was accepted as a gallery artist. As time went on, I became the assistant curator and was recently promoted to curator.
As curator, what will your job entail?
My job as curator will be to schedule and hang shows; manage the gallery; design printed materials; seek new artists; advise customers and sell art; maintain the mailing list; work with public relations; and promote the gallery.
What do you most enjoy about painting?
I love the process of creation, first of all. I love working with paint and colors. I get enjoyment out of making something that other people will like, too. It gives me great satisfaction to sell a painting, knowing that someone thought enough of my work to buy it.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
Becoming curator of Gallery Fifty Six has definitely been one of my greatest professional accomplishments. In addition, last year marked a great year for me when an art dealer from New York purchased nine of my paintings. I also won “Best in Show” in the Memphis Arts in the Park Senior Juried Exhibition and also in the Mid-South Teachers Juried Art Exhibition at The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

88. Keep Year-End Financially Sane -

Ray’s Take: The end of the year is upon us. Many of you may be mentally reviewing checklists of financial tasks you have to complete by the end of the year.

If your list is long, you may be thinking you have to skip golf with your son who is home from college or cancel that lunch and gift-shopping you’d promised your wife.

89. Local Groups Provide Feel-Good Gift, Card Options -

‘Tis the season for giving, and despite an uncertain economy – or perhaps because of it – many Mid-Southerners are making charitable donations to honor others this holiday.

“I think maybe the recession has caused everyone to realize how close to needing help we all are,” said Marvin Stockwell, public relations manager for the Church Health Center, which provides affordable health care for working people without insurance, and a wellness ministry for the entire community.

90. Bar Association Meeting Moves East -

The Memphis Bar Association will announce the election of new officers at its annual meeting Thursday at The Racquet Club of Memphis in addition to handing out awards to hard-working attorneys whose professionalism, volunteer spirit and service to the profession have earned them distinction.

91. Youth Villages Launches New Website -

Youth Villages has just launched an improved website to better help recruit volunteers, qualified counselors and foster and adoptive parents for the children whom the organization serves.

“We want to engage these audiences through the site and let them know the positive difference their efforts make in the lives of thousands of children and families across the country,” said John Lambert, Digital Communications Manager for Youth Villages.

92. Bar Foundation Sets Grant Record -

For the Memphis Bar Association and the charitable foundation affiliated with it, 2010 has been a year characterized by service and giving.

That giving has included gifts already extended, such as the Memphis Bar Foundation less than a month ago awarding grants that totaled almost $44,000 to seven local causes – the largest grant amount in the foundation’s history.

93. Events -

The Memphis chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council will hold an educational seminar on the residential green building program EcoBUILD Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bridges USA, 477 N. Fifth St. Cost is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact Peter Warren at 278-6868 or peter@anfa.com.

94. Events -

The Mid South Area Business Travelers Association will meet Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select East Memphis, 5795 Poplar Ave. Scott Brockman, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, will speak. To register, visit www.msabta.org.

95. Foster Parents Urgently Needed -

Youth Villages urgently needs foster parents in the Memphis area.

The nonprofit organization has two free training sessions starting in August. Weeknight training starts Aug. 5 and will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday training starts Aug. 7 and will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

96. Restaurants Sought for Tasting Event in Bartlett -

The Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce and the Northeast Shelby County Rotary Club are seeking restaurants to participate in “Bartlett a la Carte.”

This year’s event will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 8 at 1755 Appling Road.

97. Zoo Poised for Millionth Visitor -

The Memphis Zoo this month is poised to welcome its millionth visitor for the year, a feat achieved by only a handful of American zoos.

Only once before has the zoo reached this milestone – in 2006, when more than a million visitors passed through its gates.

98. Medtronic Devotes Month To Service -

Medtronic Inc. employees spent an afternoon in a sweltering warehouse last week packaging canned goods for the Mid-South Food Bank, the first event of a month-long community service initiative that will benefit eight nonprofit organizations.

99. Payne-Johnson Joins Arlington’s Baptist Memorial Medical -

Dr. Ann Payne-Johnson, a family medicine physician at Baptist Memorial Medical Group, recently began practicing medicine at Baptist Memorial Medical Group Arlington Family Medicine.

Hometown: New Orleans, La.
Education: Residency, University of Tennessee Department of Family Medicine, Jackson, Tenn.; Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine; master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Southern Mississippi
Work Experience: Family medicine physician at BMMG, clinician at Saint Francis Hospital, aerobics instructor/fitness instructor (stopped when I was 5 months pregnant with my son)
Family: Married. Five-year-old son, Donovan, in kindergarten at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School; daughter, Ashley, 2.
Last book read: “Llama Llama Mad at Mama”
Music: Disco. Favorite song: “I Will Survive.”
Favorite movie: “Scarface” (“Avatar” is a close second)
Sports team: New Orleans Saints (Who Dat!!!)
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Farmville on Facebook, gadgets, spending time with the kids
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My father, who was a musician and scientist.
Why did you pursue a career in medicine? I have always wanted to practice medicine.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Becoming board certified.
What do you most enjoy about your work? The people I work with every day are phenomenal. Baptist is growing to continue to meet the community’s needs for primary care.

100. Flying High -

Airplanes seen flying through the skies is a part of the daily tableau for Memphians. Odds are they are FedEx or Delta planes lining up for landing or beginning an ascent into the clouds at any hour of the day.