Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been sharing some of the public nominations that were submitted for our cityCURRENT and WKNO produced televised awards show, The SPARK Awards. These are quotes from some of the public nominations we received; and these are all current “nominees” for the show, which honors organizations and individuals in 13 different categories, who are making a difference in the Mid-South. We’re sharing these stories to inspire each of us with the GOOD taking place here in our city.
“When I think of Lori Evans, I automatically think about Superwoman! I think she is amazing and works very hard to improve the community in which she lives. I met Lori two years ago through the Junior League of Memphis. She was my Provisional Advisor. I witnessed first hand how she went over and beyond to help recruit many quality women who have become some of the best leaders in Memphis. She also chaired the League's LEAD (Leaders Evolving And Developing) leadership program at the same time. She alone worked to recruit members for the cohort and lead the 10-week program. As a result, she was recognized as Training Volunteer of the Year by the Junior League of Memphis. Lori is passionate about civic leadership. She is a member of The Memphis (TN) Chapter of The Links, Inc., where she serves on the Services to Youth committee and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She worked in higher education for more than 18 years and serves as a mentor to many young women. She is also a certified etiquette trainer, which she uses her skills to help young women gain exposure to culturally diverse opportunities and learn how to correctly navigate social environments…Her positive attitude and pleasant demeanor help shape and touch the lives of many. She is proactive about taking initiative and leading by example. She is a selfless giver who continues to make a difference in the lives of others.”
“For the past six years, Dr. Tracie Burke has spearheaded CBU's ‘September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds’ initiative, which has exponentially increased the amount of community service undertaken by our university's students, faculty, and staff. Last year alone, more than 300 members of the CBU community served nearly 2,000 hours for 30 non-profit agencies in Memphis. Every day in September, a different group of CBU students, faculty, and staff volunteer at a different nonprofit organization in the Memphis area. Over the course of the month, CBU volunteers provide invaluable assistance to these 30 area organizations…From clearing gardens, to feeding homeless individuals, helping with administrative tasks, socializing with persons affected by mental illness and addiction, sanding and sealing wheelchair ramps, building a basketball court, assisting the elderly, reviving a playground, caring for animals, and many more.... CBU September of Service volunteers do it all…While September of Service is tied to the Honors Program, the initiative is purely Dr. Burke's creation. The many hours she spends on SOS are not required by her position, and are motivated purely by her love of students and her community. In addition to creating and organizing this CBU initiative, Dr. Burke serves on the board of DeNeuville Learning Center and contributes her time to their two annual fundraising events. Also, for more than 20 years, Dr. Burke has volunteered as ‘Head Heart Hawker’ for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center's annual Works of Heart fundraiser. This year's event raised some $87,000 for the organization…”
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