Giving Back: Celebrating SPARK Awards 2018 Nominees, Part 1

Giving Back: Celebrating SPARK Awards 2018 Nominees, Part 1

We recently wrapped up the public nomination phase for our cityCURRENT and WKNO produced televised awards show, The SPARK Awards. Now into its fifth year, the show celebrates and honors organizations and individuals, in 13 different categories, who are leading by example and making a difference in the Mid-South. At this point, the public nominations have been handed over to the Midtown Memphis Rotary Club, which is selecting the honorees who will be highlighted in this year’s special broadcast airing on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 8 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10.

Since it was heartwarming to once again have so many nominations and stories of hometown heroes come through, I’d like to do what I’ve done over the last few years and take a few weeks to share quotes from some of nominations that we received, as a way to inspire each of us with the GOOD taking place here in our city. These are currently “nominees,” but they deserve appreciation and celebration for their efforts.   

The Sweet Cheeks Diaper Ministry, a 501c (3) organization, is deserving of this award because of the impact in the local Memphis community and globally. The main goal for this ministry is to end families’ need for important hygiene products. Prior to meeting Cori Williams-Smith, the executive director of the ministry, I was unfamiliar for families’ needs of diapers due to the inability to afford them. No family should have to worry about their child having diapers. Since the founding of the Sweet Cheeks Ministry in 2014, over 50,000 diapers have been collected and provided to families in need in Memphis. Last year, the ministry also collected diapers and supplies for victims of Hurricane Maria, sending over 10,000 diapers and supplies to Puerto Rico…”

Anesha Hines is highly motivated and dedicated to serving the Memphis Community. Anesha is the Beta Tau Chapter President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at The LeMoyne-Owen College. As the President she has worked to engage members in accomplishing the following goals to promote, enhance, and develop the sorority's signature targets: educational enrichment, health promotion, family strengthening, environmental ownership, and global impact. Through these initiatives, Anesha has led many service projects such as ASCEND, which is a free program designed to motivate, engage, and assist high school students in reaching their maximum potential, Anesha has participated in the Childhood Hunger Awareness campaign with her chapter. During this campaign, she helped pass out approximately 300 snack packs to Cummings Elementary students. Anesha has also participated in the AKA 1908 Playground Project where she helped restore, renew, and refresh the play area at the Glenview Park. I would also like to add that during her first year serving in the organization (2017) she received the New Soror of The Year Award. This award represents her commitment to service in her local community. Anesha believes that happiness and success is rooted in sacrifice and this is the sentiment that she lives by every day. Anesha also started a women's empowerment group on the LeMoyne- Owen College campus called Empress. The mission of Empress is to lead and inspire women to be Pro-Woman through power, meaning, and positive influence by creating a space for them to be who they are while striving to be what they want. So, I hope you can tell from this narrative that I am proud of Anesha and that she is very deserving of recognition for the service that she selflessly provides to the community…”

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