Charity & Grassroots in Memphis


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  • Memphis Jewish Community Center
    The Art House at the MJCC is a sanctuary for creative expression, providing space and materials for budding artists to practice their craft. During a one-hour open studio session, visiting crafters can pluck beads, buttons, feathers, and other materials from rows of supply bins, or experiment with paint, markers, and other mind-matter transference devices. Families can attend and work together to craft a collaborative sculpture, a group self-portrait, or a wax figurine of Donald Trump made from melted crayons. Over the course of 10 sessions, handmade masterworks can be polished, finished, and brought home to accumulate on previously bare walls and empty mantels.
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    6560 Poplar Ave
    Memphis, TN US
  • PKD Foundation
    Donors wine and dine their way through the "The Above Par Classic" while putting their magnanimous contributions to work in the fight against PKD. Area restaurants such as Bonefish Grill, Rendezvous, and Bahama Breeze greet guests with an array of multifarious fare, and wine and beer tastings help hone taste buds and research mannerisms for sommelier Halloween costumes. Later in the evening, guests can stretch their bidding muscles with both live and silent auctions or try their hand at a $10,000 putting challenge, which rewards the night's most precise putter with prize money split equally with the PKD Foundation and the night's second-most precise putter with a home in the ninth-hole windmill of the nearest putt-putt course. Tunesmith LaDon Jones soundtracks the evening with live music, adding a relaxed vibe to the night's charity.
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    8535 Winchester Road
    Memphis, TN US
  • Soulsville Foundation
    In the 1960s and '70s, Soulsville, USA, was pulsing with energy. A center for American soul, fueled by the musicians and music lovers of Stax Records, it filled the airwaves with positivity and that bluesy Memphis sound. Although the town and its spirit eventually fell into disrepair, a group of music lovers made sure it survived by digging in and starting The Soulsville Foundation. Today the Soulsville Foundation funds three organizations: The Soulsville Charter School, The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and The Stax Music Academy. At the charter school, students in grades 6?12 build an academic foundation and prepare for college in a tuition-free, music-rich environment. The nearby Stax Museum?built on the site of the recording studio where Isaac Hayes and Otis Redding once sang?showcases films, videos, interactive exhibits, and more than 2,500 artifacts that convey the history of American soul music: everything from Mavis Staples's stage dress to Albert King's Flying V purple guitar. The Stax Music Academy, meanwhile, takes that legacy to the next level by teaching young scholars how to create their own music in the tradition of Stax Records, providing after-school mentoring and use of a state-of-the-art facility.
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    926 East McLemore Avenue
    Memphis, TN US
  • Transformations Autism Treatment Center
    Transformations Autism Treatment Center helps individuals with autism-spectrum disorder to reach their academic, social, and emotional potentials. The organization employs applied-behavior-analysis therapy, which aims to build skills by encouraging positive behaviors and discouraging negative ones, and provides one-on-one attention from behavior technicians and board-certified behavior analysts. Families can take advantage of services including music programs, therapeutic art classes, dance and physical-education classes, and social-skills training. The organization also strives to keep costs low, offering classes for free and less than $20 when the resources are available. Transformations supports nearly 50 families each week.
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    2535 Whitten Rd
    Memphis, TN US
  • Fayette Cares
    The Cotton Pickin' 5K Run/Walk and 1K Cotton Candy Fun Run benefit Fayette Cares, a non-profit organization, which provides shelter and self-sufficiency training for homelessness prevention, domestic violence intervention, and victim services, in addition to aid for families in economic crisis throughout Fayette County. In addition to the registration, commemorative apparel, and fountain drink, participants will get a goodie bag, healthy snacks, water, and sports drinks to regulate electrolyte levels and send energy-packed glucose to the fierce squirrel jockeys guiding their movements. Uber-focused 5K participants commence purposeful forward motion at 8:30 a.m., whereas laid-back fun runners begin their 1K stroll at 9:30 a.m. Awards will be presented at 10 a.m. at the Cotton Festival on the Somerville Court Square.
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    205 East Street
    Somerville, TN US
  • Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce
    On September 13, Riverside Park is going to glow with neon lights. That's because it will be filled with 5K racers decked out in glow-in-the-dark bracelets, necklaces, and hats along with bright t-shirts and tutus. At 9:30 p.m., racers can jog, walk, or skip their way through the glow stations set up around the park as music blares into the night. Across the finish line, an after party keeps the energy alive with backlights, complimentary drinks from Rockstar, and music until midnight.
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    409 Vine St
    Batesville, AR US
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