The SPARK Awards

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The SPARK Awards 2022 Honorees

Presented by cityCURRENT and WKNO-TV, The SPARK Awards are an annual celebration of organizations and individuals who put the needs of others first and are giving back to make a difference. The SPARK Awards recognize and celebrate everyday heroes and will air on WKNO in December 2022. This is year 9 and we have 13 categories covering individuals, nonprofits, corporations, and schools. Nominations came from the public, and ran through the month of August.

The SPARK Awards 2022 Award Honorees

13 Honorees to be Celebrated for Community Engagement During The SPARK Awards 2022

Thirteen organizations and individuals will be honored on Monday, December 12 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., during The SPARK Awards 2022 special televised broadcast on WKNO/Channel 10.  The nineth annual televised awards show will celebrate the efforts of individuals, nonprofits, corporations, and schools, in 13 different categories, who are igniting change and making a positive impact in the Greater Memphis community. The show will be hosted by Tracy Bethea (of 95.7 Hallelujah FM) and Rob Grayson (of WKNO-FM). The SPARK Awards is produced in partnership by WKNO-TV and cityCURRENT.

Back in August, the public was invited to freely cast nominations in each of the 13 categories, as an opportunity to recognize and help publicly thank the organizations and individuals leading by example and making a difference in the Mid-South. The categories cover individuals of different ages (youth, college student and adult), nonprofits and corporations of various sizes, then education with a school, teacher, and education leader award. There is also a Legacy Award to honor someone’s efforts and impact over the course of many years or a lifetime. Nominations were accepted from 8:00 a.m. on August 1, 2022 to 5:00 p.m. on August 31, 2022.

Once the nomination phase ended, all nominations were provided to The Midtown Memphis Rotary Club, whose Rotarians served as the independent judges for the awards show. No preference or weighting was given to multiple nominations for the same individual or organization. The criteria for judging was based on taking a leadership role in initiatives or efforts that better the Greater Memphis community, volunteerism, and impact.

Each of the honorees will be featured during the televised awards show on Monday, December 12 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10. Viewers will have the chance to learn more about each of the honorees during short 3-minute interviews that highlight their community efforts and celebrate their service. After the broadcast, the special will be available for viewing online at wkno.org, pbs.org, and cityCURRENT.com.

Here are The SPARK Awards 2022 honorees in each category:

 

Corporate

100 Employees or Fewer – ServiceMaster by Cornerstone

101-499 Employees – Monogram Foods

500+ Employees – Smith+Nephew

 

Nonprofit

Budget under $1 million – Healing Hearts Child Advocacy Center

Budget $1-5 Million – MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies of The Memphis Grizzlies Foundation

Budget Greater than $5 Million – Church Health

 

Education

Leadership – Malcom Rawls

Educator – Dr. Nia Zalamea

School – The University of Memphis Finish Line Program

 

Individual

Adult – Chris Hope

Collegiate – Holly McGinnis

Youth – Megan Yost

 

Legacy

Edward Bogard

 

“We greatly appreciate the community service, the dedication and leadership of each of our SPARK Awards 2022 honorees,” notes Jeremy C. Park, CEO of cityCURRENT, host of The SPARK, and producer of The SPARK Awards. It’s inspiring to see students leading the way to help local nonprofits, people helping families in need and children fighting illnesses and diseases, business executives and owners using their resources as community catalysts, educators going the extra mile to train the next generation of doctors while expanding access to medical care locally and globally, and nonprofits creating strong support networks for our city and citizens who need our help. Watching and learning their stories helps us see the good taking place not only in the Mid-South, but in our nation and world, as well. It’s chance for us to thank these hometown heroes, to learn from them, and inspire more people to become a SPARK, to make a difference.”

“One of the things public television does best,” said Charles McLarty, WKNO President and CEO, “is to put a spotlight on positive achievement. This is exactly what both our monthly television series, The SPARK, and our annual televised awards show, The SPARK Awards, do. The SPARK Awards is all about honoring those who truly make the Mid-South a great place to live, work, and play.”

The SPARK Awards 2022 will be rebroadcast on WKNO-TV Channel 10.1: Tuesday, December 13 at 1 a.m. The program is also scheduled on WKNO-TV Channel 10.2 on Tuesday, December 13 at 8 p.m. The show also will air statewide on all TN Public Television stations on Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 1, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. TN Public Television stations cover the cities of Memphis, Jackson, Martin, Nashville, Cookeville, Knoxville, Sneedville and Chattanooga.

The SPARK Awards is an extension of the WKNO-TV series, The SPARK, a monthly 30-minute show, hosted by Jeremy C. Park, about business and community leaders who are fueling change and giving back to the Mid-South.  “The SPARK Awards grew from the success of our monthly show, The SPARK, which is now in its tenth year on WKNO,” notes Park. “With both shows our goal is simple: to spotlight the GOOD taking place in our city and how we can become a SPARK to make an even greater difference and to help more people.”

Major funding for The SPARK and The SPARK Awards is provided by Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, a Higginbotham partner, and Champion Promotion, as an additional major funder for The SPARK Awards. Additional funding is provided by Meritan, The Memphis Zoo, Economic Opportunities (EcOp), and My Town Movers/My Town Roofing/My Town Miracles. Event support for The SPARK Awards was provided by Nolan Audio Video Solution.  A co-production of WKNO and cityCURRENT, The SPARK airs the third Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10. 

About cityCURRENT

cityCURRENT connects businesses with community to power the GOOD. A team of partner businesses, comprised of some of the largest employers in the world to mid-size and smaller firms, join forces and funds to make a difference in the Mid-South, Middle Tennessee and beyond by hosting more than 300 free events each year, along with an array of philanthropic initiatives and positive-oriented media to enrich, engage, and impact our community. For more information: www.cityCURRENT.com.  

About WKNO 

WKNO is a non-profit, private foundation serving the Mid-South for more than 65 years. An important community resource, WKNO uses the power of non-commercial public broadcasting to provide the Mid-South with quality educational and cultural programs that inform, entertain, and inspire. For more information: www.wkno.org

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Major funding for The SPARK and The SPARK Awards is provided by Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, a Higginbotham partner, and Champion Promotion, as an additional major funder for The SPARK Awards. Additional funding is provided by Meritan, The Memphis Zoo, Economic Opportunities (EcOp), and My Town Movers/My Town Roofing/My Town Miracles. Event support for The SPARK Awards was provided by Nolan Audio Video Solution.  A co-production of WKNO and cityCURRENT, The SPARK airs the third Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10. 

 

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