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Blue Pump Gala

The Blue Pump Gala was held March 23 at the Memphis Botanic Garden. The event, hosted by the Southeast Transportation Workforce Center, was held in conjunction with the annual Choosing Transportation Summit. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund scholarships for female students pursuing majors in transportation and logistics. Among those attending the event were:

Stephanie Ivey, Roquita Coleman-Williams, Kate Tooley, Frances Gutt and Cheryl Citrone

Yuan Zhou, Darren Van Winkle, Marty Lipinski, Sean Ellis, Khademul Hauqe, Santosh Bhattarai and Golnaz Sarram

Roquita Coleman-Williams, Darren Van Winkle and Stephanie Ivey

Bill Weppner, Linda Lipinski and Dr. Marty Lipinski

Photos by Vaco Memphis
Posted by Krista Geyer at Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 0 comments

Tribute to Onie Johns, Executive Director of Caritas Village

What a lovely celebration! A special tribute was held Feb. 4 for Onie Johns as she retired from her position as Executive Director of Caritas Village.

Since opening Caritas Village as a nonprofit organization in 2006, Onie has spent over 42,000 hours of her time establishing and nurturing this unique place that is part coffee shop, part community meeting hall, and part art gallery and performing arts theater.

“Caritas Village was intended to give people in the Binghamton neighborhood a safe haven that offered nourishment for the body and the soul,” explained Onie. “For instance, we have served over 20,000 meals annually, one-third of which are served free of charge to those in need of a hot meal.”

Even in her retirement, Onie plans to continue to support Caritas Village and we are certain that she will continue to inspire others in her beloved community.


Posted by Krista Geyer at Monday, February 13, 2017 | 0 comments

Memphis in May Poster Unveiling

2017 Memphis in May Board Chairman Bobbi Gillis and local artist Nick Peña display his original artwork for this year's Fine Arts Poster. The work features a vibrant array of colors, symbols and landscapes from Colombia, this year's honored country.

This year's MIM poster artist Nick Peña was joined by John Bobango and John Farris for the unveiling ceremony. Farris Bobango Attorneys at Law is the sponsor of this year's Fine Arts Poster.

Al and Jan Lyons joined Jan and Ron Coleman for the unveiling ceremony of this year's Memphis in May Fine Arts Poster. Al was the 2009 Board Chairman of Memphis in May and Ron served as the organization's 2014 Board Chairman.

Glynn and Davey Weakes, of 1910 Frame Works, were among those attending the unveiling ceremony for this year's Memphis in May Fine Arts Poster. 1910 Frame Works has been the official framer for the Memphis in May Fine Arts Poster for over 25 years.

Calvin and Belinda Anderson were among those attending the unveiling ceremony for this year's Memphis in May Fine Arts Poster. Calvin was the organization's 2012 Board Chairman.

Posted by Krista Geyer at Monday, February 6, 2017 | 0 comments