VOL. 133 | NO. 41 | Monday, February 26, 2018
Dunavant Awards to Honor Dwyer, Kennedy at Feb. 28 Event
By Michael Waddell
15th annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards
What: The Rotary Club of Memphis East recognizes the importance of public service by honoring two public servants each year – one elected official and one non-elected.
When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28
Where: Holiday Inn-University of Memphis
Keynote Speaker: Carolyn Hardy, chairwoman of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and president and CEO of Chism Hardy Investments
Reservations: A table for 10 can be reserved for $400 and individual tickets are available for $50.
Contact: Lee Hughes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Time is running out to reserve a spot at the 15th annual Dunavant Public Servant Awards luncheon, which will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn on Central Avenue. The event, which is co-sponsored by The Daily News and the Rotary Club of Memphis East, recognizes the importance of the work public servants do year-round for the community.
The awards began in 2004 as a way to honor the late Shelby County Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant, seen by many as a model public servant who exhibited the most desirable traits of public service workers – honesty, unpretentiousness, energetic, involved, generous, empathetic and attentive to detail, as well as being a strong mentor.
The awards not only honor Dunavant, who died in 2003, but promote good government by recognizing one elected and one non-elected public servant each year who embody the same characteristics.
This year’s honorees are Shelby County Chief Administrative Officer Harvey Kennedy and the Honorable Tim Dwyer, a General Sessions Court judge who founded Shelby County Drug Court in 1997.
“We’re very excited about the awards luncheon this year,” said Rotary Club of Memphis East president J. Mark Griffee, shareholder and partner with Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, P.C. “We think very good choices were made though the nomination and selection process.”
This year’s winners were selected by a committee of members of the Dunavant family and the Rotary Club of Memphis East, with nominations coming from the public.
“The Dunavants will be well represented at the luncheon,” Griffee said. “Their participation in the selection process is always very helpful to ensure that we choose recipients who reflect those core qualities that Bobby Dunavant exemplified during his tenure as probate court clerk for so many years.”
This year’s event is expected to draw 450 to 500 attendees. Local TV news personality Joe Birch will be the master of ceremonies, and Carolyn Hardy, president and CEO of Chism Hardy Investments and chairwoman of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle, will be the keynote speaker.
“She’s a tremendous success story about an African-American woman from Memphis making a huge success commercially and economically,” Griffee said. “And then after doing so – and this is the thing I think that is most impressive about her – she has stayed here when she could have gone anywhere else and continued to make a difference.”
A table for 10 can be reserved for $400 and individual tickets to the awards luncheon are available for $50.