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VOL. 114 | NO. 250 | Friday, December 29, 2000

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Group honors local philanthropic heroes Group honors local philanthropic heroes The Memphis chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives recently announced the recipients of its 2000 Crystal Awards for Philanthropy. The awards are presented to individuals and organizations that have performed outstanding philanthropic works that benefit the community and leave a lasting legacy of service to others. Ellida Sadler Fri and James L. Fri were named Outstanding Philanthropists. James L. Fri has served on the board of trustees of LeMoyne-Owen College, where he initiated a challenge that led to the most successful capital campaign in the colleges history. He also has served on the boards of the Memphis Orchestral Society, Memphis Planned Parenthood, Chancellors Roundtable of the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, Presidents Council of Rhodes College and as chairman of St. Marys Episcopal School, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, Future Memphis and Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce. Ellida S. Fri has served the YWCA, where the Ellida Sadler Fri Leadership Award has been given annually since 1988. She also has served on the boards of the Airport Authority, Memphis Symphony League, Memphis Literacy Council, Runaway House and the Tennessee Commission on Childrens Services. Sylvia Goldsmith Marks was named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser. Her family built the Goldsmith Civic Garden Center, where Marks is an active volunteer and fundraiser. Her generosity also extends to the Church Health Center, the Womens Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, Temple Israel and the West Clinic Wings Foundation. Nicholas W. Scully, vice president for institutional advancement and student affairs at Christian Brothers University, was named Outstanding Fundraising Executive. Under his leadership at CBU, total giving has exceeded $35 million. He also has served on the boards of St. Agnes Academy and St. Dominic School, where he was chairman of its successful $8 million capital campaign, as well as Idlewild Presbyterian Child Care Center and Memphis Partners. Jaco Bryant Printers and owners Sam Lencke and Steve White were named Outstanding Corporation for their support of organizations such as Memphis Child Advocacy Center, Youth Villages, Ronald McDonald House and Germantown Performing Arts Center. Exchange Clubs of the Memphis Area was named Outstanding Organization. It was founded in Memphis in 1921 and consists of six clubs. Committed to the prevention of child abuse, the Exchange Club Family Center opened in 1984, and last year served more than 9,000 parents, children and area professionals. The clubs contribute financial and volunteer support to organizations such as the Oral School for the Deaf, Memphis City Schools, Dae Valley Camp and Bethany Home. They also have donated 30 Freedom Shrines in public buildings and sponsor the "Youth of the Month" program, which includes an annual scholarship. The clubs participate in fire and crime prevention programs and hold an annual luncheon honoring police officers, those who have fallen in action, and outstanding area students.
PROPERTY SALES 56 289 2,908
MORTGAGES 55 226 2,009
BUILDING PERMITS 108 1,002 6,703
BANKRUPTCIES 42 248 1,225