VOL. 131 | NO. 63 | Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Black Restaurant Week Creates $85,000 in Economic Impact
The inaugural Memphis Black Restaurant Week was a success, drawing in new customers and bringing economic benefit to local eateries.
Organizers found that more than 3,000 patrons participated in the March 7-13 event, contributing to an increased revenue of more than $85,000 and nearly 40 new jobs at local restaurants.
MBRW was the brainchild of Cynthia Daniels, public relations coordinator with the Workforce Investment Network and development manager with the Memphis Urban League.
Eight restaurants – Mot & Ed’s, Onix, Dejavu, Scoops Parlor, the H&M Dessert Lounge, The Bistro, The Office @ Uptown and Evergreen Grill – participated in the inaugural event.
– Madeline Faber
Junior League Hosting First Memphis Women’s Summit
The Junior League of Memphis is kicking off its first Memphis Women’s Summit, a one-day conference to celebrate and encourage local women leaders.
The summit will be held on Thursday, March 31, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the University of Memphis’ Michael D. Rose Theatre, 470 University St.
Joan Lunden, former host of “Good Morning America,” will give the keynote address. Other speaks include Janice Holden, the first female chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court; Amy Weirich, Shelby County district attorney general; and Terri Lee Freeman, president of the National Civil Rights Museum. Tickets are available at memphiswomenssummit.org.
– Madeline Faber
Memphis Expands Earth Day Into Monthlong Event
While Earth Day is celebrated nationally on a single day – April 22 – a pair of Memphis organizations are expanding the effort to encompass the entire month.
Memphis Clean by 2019 and Clean Memphis are celebrating Earth Day 30 Days Straight with weekday and weekend cleanups hosted by businesses, neighborhoods, nonprofits and community centers across the city. Twenty-two large-scale projects are scheduled so far, with more being added each week.
Other plans include four environmental education fairs, service learning projects for 12 area schools, park projects, garden plantings and more.
Last year participants removed more than 100 tons of litter from Memphis streets. It’s part of an ongoing effort the Memphis Clean by 2019 initiative is working on to rid the city of trash and blight by 2019, the city’s bicentennial.
Memphis Clean by 2019 is a “moon mission” of the Chairman’s Circle, a business leadership group formed by the Greater Memphis Chamber.
“It’s exciting to see the response we have received from people all over the city who want to pitch in and take ownership of their neighborhoods and around their businesses to make Memphis a place where we all want to live and work,” said Shea Flinn, senior vice president of the Chairman’s Circle, in a statement.
Clean Memphis has the lead role for grassroots engagement for Memphis Clean by 2019 and coordinated the cleanup events with each organization and neighborhood for April.
Volunteers can sign up for any of the cleanups posted on CleanMemphis.org.
– Don Wade
Xavier Munford Signs Second 10-Day Contract with Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Xavier Munford to a second 10-day contract.
Prior to the Grizzlies’ Monday, March 28, home game vs. the San Antonio Spurs, Munford had appeared in five games after signing his first 10-day contract with the team on March 16 and had averaged 2.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 10.2 minutes.
The 23-year-old was called up from the NBA Development League’s Bakersfield Jam, where he appeared in 41 games (37 starts) and averaged 20.4 points (.490 FG/.412 3P/.811 FT), 4.2 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.00 steals in 33.7 minutes. A 2016 D-League All-Star, he ranks sixth among qualifying players in assists per game and 11th in scoring average.
Undrafted in the 2014 Draft, Munford transferred to the University of Rhode Island as a junior and completed his collegiate career with averages of 17.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 35.5 minutes in 61 games (all starts) over two seasons. The New Jersey native led the Rams in scoring in each of his two years with the program.
– Don Wade
St. Jude, Methodist Make ‘Best Places to Work’ List
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare have been named to Becker's Hospital Review 2016 list of its 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare in the U.S.
The organizations featured on the list were chosen by the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team based on workforce-centric awards received; benefits offerings; wellness initiatives; and efforts to improve professional development, diversity and inclusion, work-life balance and a sense of community and unity among employees.
The 2016 list features both U.S. health care provider organizations, such as hospitals, health systems, ambulatory surgical centers and home health agencies, as well as other types of health care-specific companies, like consulting firms, health IT vendors, medical societies and more.
– Andy Meek
BancorpSouth Cutting Ribbon at Midtown Branch This Week
BancorpSouth is cutting the ribbon at its new Memphis branch serving Midtown, at 40 N. Pauline Street, this week.
The grand opening event is set for Thursday, March 31, at 10:30 a.m.
On hand will be BancorpSouth corporate and local management, including its chairman and CEO Dan Rollins, as well as local advisory board members of the bank and other local figures and officials.
– Andy Meek
Raymond James Tower Rappel Will Benefit Orphanos
An upcoming fundraiser is giving thrill-seekers the chance to rappel down the 289-foot Raymond James Tower while supporting orphans and children around the world.
Memphis nonprofit Orphanos and Madison Realty, which owns the 21-story Downtown tower, have partnered for Over the Edge Memphis, scheduled for April 22-23. The event encompasses four fundraising rappel challenges open to adults 18 and older who weigh 110 to 300 pounds.
To take part in the Individual Challenge, participants raise at least $1,000 prior to the event. Other challenges include a competition between employees from each floor of the tower; the Toss the Boss Challenge, in which companies and organizations raise funds to send their boss over the side of the tower; and the Mascot Challenge, in which local mascots – including Rocky Redbird and the University of Memphis’ Pouncer, among others – raise funds for the rappel.
Orphanos is a Christian nonprofit organization that partners with ministries and missionaries that help at-risk children around the world.
Visit overtheedgememphis.org to make a pledge or sign up as a participant.
– Kate Simone
Collierville Tulips Bloom in Brief Annual Appearance
A new crop of tulips planted in some familiar and some new areas of Collierville are making their annual appearance in the town square and other locations, including the Collierville Town Hall.
The tulips generally hold their brightly colored petals for two to three weeks, said Collierville Parks Maintenance Manager Neil Wiseman.
In addition to the town hall, the tulips can be seen at the Collierville Community Center, the Town Square Clock and on medians and parkways.
New bulbs are planted each year to account for the temperamental nature of older tulips, which sometimes don’t come back on an annual basis in the Mid-South.
Once the tulips are gone, they’ll be replaced with other colorful flowers, including begonias and zinnias.
– Bill Dries