HOPE IN ACTION
Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association • www.mifa.org • 901-527-0208 Winter 2009 • Volume 27 • Number 4
MIFA Board of Directors
Price Ford, Chair
Jef Feibelman, Vice Chair
Judy Royal, Secretary
Ward Mayer, Treasurer
Rev. Steve Montgomery
Peggy Brewer Dear Friends,
Thanks to all of you for helping spread the word about Something Good in Memphis! The community’s
Jordan Barré response to our campaign has been overwhelming, and we have heard wonderful stories about the
Rev. Don Feuerbach many good hearts and hard-working hands in Memphis.
Yvonne Madlock It is really no surprise that Something Good in Memphis has caught the attention of so many people in
Wilma McGee the community – in times of trial, we look for positive and uplifting examples to remind us why we’re
Kojo McLennon here. And Something Good in Memphis has certainly provided inspiration – from prominent local leaders
Amy Poag to honest passersby, people are doing good things in our city every day, and we are grateful.
Rev. Ollie Rencher
Chris Suhoza I hope you enjoy and are inspired by the stories of a few nominees featured in this issue of Hope in
Peter Tosches Action. If you haven’t already nominated someone – or even if you have – please be sure to recognize
Blanchard Tual the people you know who make Memphis better. You may submit your nomination online at
Cathy Polk VanLeit SomethingGoodinMemphis.org or by completing and mailing the form on page 5.
Russ Williams Thanks to each of you for being something good in Memphis!
Margaret Craddock Sincerely,
Hope in Action staff
Ellen Whitten, Editor
firstname.lastname@example.org Margaret Craddock
(901) 529-4507 Executive Director
Jessica Jones, Designer
Sally Heinz, VP of Development
email@example.com Cover photos by Hank Word. Left to right: Alec McLean & Ollie Rencher,
(901) 529-4523 Kris Kourdouvelis, Jennifer Fearn & Kembree Darakshani.
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Something Good in Memphis takes off!
In September, MIFA set out to recognize the good in our community by
creating Something Good in Memphis. Memphians from every corner of our
city have responded in a huge way, sharing their stories about the kindness
of friends, neighbors, relatives, and strangers. Sometimes it seems easier to
focus on the negative, but we want to thank everyone who has reminded us
how much good there is in our community!
We hope you enjoy a sampling of nominations in this issue of Hope in
Action – to see more or to nominate someone you know, visit
Gretchen Kirk is an inspiration!
Nominated by Barbara Olson.
Gretchen joined our faculty at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School
in August, 2006, and immediately made an impact on our students and
teachers. She and her husband recycle notebook paper and containers
from school events, reminding us that nothing is wasted and that we must
respect our environment. Gretchen developed a program in which our
sophomores work prepare and serve lunch monthly at the St. Vincent de
Paul Soup Kitchen in Midtown. She led the upper school class chaplains
in a blessing for pets and worked with the chaplains to place a prayer for
safe driving on all autos on campus. She is a visible and vocal supporter
of Race for the Cure in Memphis and coordinated prayer services for
those with cancer. Making a difference on our campus as an administrator,
teacher, mother, spouse, and friend, Gretchen is respected for her giving
nature, her care for each member of our school community, and for her
energy and smile for all.
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Something Good in Memphis nominees from across the city!
Checkmate. Sheun Aluko Doug Harpell helps a Jenni Helms is an Autism Natalie Jalenak is
shares the joy of chess stranger Angel Something Good!
Nominated by Scott Moore. Nominated by Jessika Jordan. Nominated by Katie Steinbrecher. Nominated by Judy Royal.
Sheun Aluko is a junior at White I am nominating my dad because Jenni created a place in Memphis Natalie Jalenak is a devoted
Station High School who heads a couple of weeks ago he helped where children on the Austism Meals on Wheels volunteer, feeds
up a Chess Club for kids in the a total stranger pull his car out of Spectrum can learn, laugh, play, newborns at the Med, and visits
Binghampton neighborhood. the mud. He did not even know and just be themselves. She is an seniors at a nursing home weekly.
They meet on Saturdays at the this person but he wanted to do it awesome Autism Angel! Jenni She still finds time to bake the
Caritas Village at Merton and because he needed help. My dad Helms is Something Good in BEST chocolate chip cookies!!
Harvard. Sheun is involved in is always offering help to people Memphis. Natalie is truly Something Good
many activities of his own, but in need and I just wanted him to in Memphis.
takes time to share his skills and be recognized for his good deeds!
gifts with the community. Sheun
is Something Good in Memphis.
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Witt Meloni gave his Delvin Lane is Something Alim Khandekar brings Chris Reyes exposes
summer vacation Good in Memphis faiths together Memphis
Nominated by Fr. John Pitzer. Nominated by Rob Thompson. Nominated by Mohammed Nominated by Lauren Rae
It is always great to see a young Delvin is a former gang banger Moinuddin. Holtermann.
man or woman make a decision to who now serves the community Alim Khandekar and his Chris strives to use his interests –
do something different with his/ he once was a menace to. Delvin committee were responsible for film and animation – to spotlight
her summer time off. Witt had the works at Streets Ministries in celebrating the third annual Iftar the good things and good people in
desire to not only work but to help the Foote and Cleaborn Homes dinner on September 10, 2009. Memphis through his organization,
others. As one of his priests at St. community, and he provides a The dinner brought together Jews, Live From Memphis. Along with
Peter’s, I would like to commend ray of hope to high school kids at Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Live From Memphis co-creators
his efforts and the work he did this Booker T. Washington who often and Muslims with speeches from Sarah Fleming and Brad Phelan,
summer at MIFA. have very hard lives. Delvin Lane leaders of each group. Chris gave recognition and exposure
is Something Good in Memphis. to the little guys through the Flipsides
series, like Memphis Roller Derby,
local bands, Rozelle Artists Guild,
VINI, and many more.
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Jennifer Hyatt is Something Prabhakar and Rohini Trey Carter is committed to John Boevingloh is a great
Good! Parikh serve our community Memphis Ombudsman
Nominated by Deborah Hyatt. Nominated by Linda Marks. Nominated by Benjamin Connell. Nominated by Rick Finkey.
As an artist, she recycles scrap MIFA and Memphis are fortunate Patrick (Trey) Carter III is a John Boevingloh is Something
metal into beautiful, functional, and to have this generous and gracious perfect example of of a young Good in Memphis. As a Volunteer
imaginative works of art. She is a couple among us. In addition Long-Term Care Ombudsman,
entrepreneur who understands
volunteer member of Revolutions to performing innumerable acts
that giving back to the community John has developed a special
Community Bicycle Shop at First of kindness and compassion for
Congregational Church, which friends and the community at large, is about more than giving money, it connection with the residents at
provides the working poor and all Prabhakar, a retired engineer, has also takes time. He has organized his nursing home. On the rare
Memphians with bikes and the tools delivered MIFA Meals weekly for food drives to provide dinners for occasions when he misses his
and knowledge to keep them in good over 11 years. He also serves as a the homeless as well as clothing regular visit, the residents ask the
working order. And she reads for the volunteer in MIFA’s Long-Term facility to call MIFA and make sure
drives for those in need. He shows
Memphis Public Library’s WYPL Care Ombudsman program. Rohini,
a strong commitment to making he is okay.
radio station, which serves the visually a retired pharmacist, is a frequent
impaired (and anyone who enjoys a companion on Meals routes, and she his community a better place, and
good read!) with daily presentations sometimes brings their grandchildren he is a role model for those who
of newspapers, magazines, and along, so they will learn about service want to have a positive impact on
books. Thank you, Jennifer! at an early age. the lives of others.
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Two ways to nominate someone you know –
1. Visit SomethingGoodinMemphis.org
2. Complete the form below and mail it to:
Something Good in Memphis
P O. Box 3130
Memphis, TN 38173-0130
1. Your name: _____________________________________________________________________________________
2. Your email address: _______________________________________________________________________________
3. Your nominee: ___________________________________________________________________________________
4. Why he/she is Something Good in Memphis: _____________________________________________________________
5. Nominee’s address and email address (we would like to acknowledge your nominee):
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Share something good with MIFA holiday cards!
MIFA makes giving easy and meaningful with holiday tribute cards for everyone on your list.
MIFA holiday cards are unique gifts that honor your loved ones while
supporting MIFA’s life-changing programs. Your choice of two original
card designs will be personalized, hand-addressed, and mailed by MIFA.
The requested donation per card is $10.
For more information or to place an order, contact Nancy Martin at
(901) 529-4525, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit mifa.org.
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MIFA Housing Opportunities Featured program
Stabilizing and transforming
families in crisis
“We were homeless and didn’t have a place to stay until
MIFA took me and my mom in. It has made our life so
much better. Thank you, MIFA – we love you!”
MIFA Housing Opportunities offers eligible homeless families a
fresh start through transitional housing and comprehensive life skills
education. Residents work with case managers to become financially
independent and attend classes that teach them to be better parents.
Their children learn to cook, create, and be self-confident.
One of this year’s MIFA holiday card designs was created by stu-
dents like Nicholas in the Urban Art House at the Life Skills Institute.
Through their Life Skills classes, children learn about health and nu-
trition, teamwork, and self-expression through art.
For more information about MIFA Housing Opportunities and the Life Skills Institute, visit
our website: mifa.org/housing.
Art classes at the Life Skills Institute teach formerly homeless children in MIFA’s
transitional housing the value of self-expression. Photo by Jim Seacat.
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Holiday Opportunities WAYS TO HELP FAMILIES IN CRISIS
Emergency Services/MLGW Plus-1: MIFA’s Emergency
The holidays can be difficult for many of the people we serve. Seniors are alone
Services serves the working poor who have had their employment
in a season when they should be surrounded by family, and families struggle to hours cut, been laid off, or experienced illness or injury that caused
keep the lights on and afford gifts for their children. You can make a difference for them to miss work without pay. MIFA administers the funds collected
a lot of people during the holidays by giving to MIFA. Your gifts for children and through MLGW’s Plus-1 program to help these individuals and
seniors go directly to our clients, and your support for our programs provides relief families with utility payments during the coldest months of the year.
for those who need it most. Your donations are vital during the winter months because they go
directly to the people who need them most. For more information or
Corporations, please contact Anna Kathryn Word at to make a donation, visit mifa.org/donate or plus1memphis.org.
email@example.com or (901) 529-4560.
Congregations, please contact Linda Marks at Holiday Hope Chest: Each year, Holiday Hope Chest provides
firstname.lastname@example.org or (901) 527-0208 x218. gifts for the children in MIFA Housing Opportunities. New,
unwrapped gifts valued at $15 or more for children up to age 12
WAYS TO HELP SENIORS or gift cards for teens are needed. We also accept donations of
Christmas Day Meals Delivery: Each year on Christmas morning, wrapping paper, ribbon, and tape. The volunteer date for sorting
volunteers deliver MIFA Meals to seniors in the Memphis area. These and wrapping gifts is Saturday, December 19. To donate, contact
volunteers may be a client’s only human contact on this family-oriented Ellen Whitten at email@example.com or 529-4507.
holiday. Make MIFA Meals a Christmas tradition for your family! To
reserve a route, call the Christmas Hotline at (901) 529-4529. The MIFA Store: Your donations of new or gently used clothing
and household items to The MIFA Store are more important during
Holiday Gift Bags for Seniors: Holiday Gift Bags for Seniors: the holiday season than any other time of year. Many shoppers rely
Volunteers deliver gift bags to seniors with their meals on Christmas on the store for affordable holiday gifts, but more importantly, colder
Day. If you are interested in donating gifts, please consider the following days require warm clothing, which we provide at modest prices. All
items: blanket, stationery, postage stamps, winter cap, sweater, t-shirt, proceeds benefit MIFA’s programs. For more information or for a
socks (regular or non-skid), mittens or gloves, puzzle/crossword puzzle/ complete list of drop-off sites, visit mifa.org/mifastore or call (901)
dominos, lotion, flashlight, lap robe, hygiene products. Gift bags may be 529-4504.
assembled, secured with ribbon, and decorated. All donations must be
received by December 11 at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact
Angela Scott at (901) 529-4551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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OTHER WAYS TO HELP MIFA CLIENTS posters are available for participants. For more information or to sign
Holiday Cards: MIFA Holiday Cards are unique gifts that honor up, contact Linda Marks at email@example.com or (901) 527-0208 x218.
your loved ones while supporting MIFA! Send us a list of your friends,
family members, or associates, and we will mail each of them a card 2010 Madonna Circle Memphis Antiques, Garden &
with a hand-written, personalized message. Two card designs are Gourmet Show: Madonna Circle will hold its annual antiques,
available (see page 8), and the requested donation per card is $10. For garden, and gourmet show at Agricenter International February 25 –
more information or to order, visit mifa.org/holidaycards or contact 28, 2010. This year, Madonna Circle supported MIFA with a $2,500
Nancy Martin at (901) 529-4525 or firstname.lastname@example.org. grant from the show’s proceeds. For more information, contact event
chair Pam Callahan at email@example.com.
Volunteers are needed to prepare MIFA Holiday Cards for mailing
December 1 – 23. Volunteers are welcome Monday through Thursday *Please note that MIFA cannot accept donations of perishable food items.
between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Wednesdays between 4 and 6 p.m. Nonperishable items may be delivered to the Emergency Services department
For more information, contact Charlie Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org inside our headquarters at 910 Vance Ave.
or (901) 529-4514.
Saturday Volunteer Opportunities: On certain Saturdays
throughout the year, MIFA is open for a number of volunteer
opportunities, including but not limited to MIFA Meals delivery,
Handyman training, MIFA tours and volunteer orientation, and Thanks to MLGW for
congregational liason training. The MIFA Store is also open on these
dates. The remaining volunteer Saturday this year is December 19. supporting MIFA since 1982!
For more information, visit mifa.org/volunteersaturdays or contact Plus-1 is made possible through the cooperation
Charlie Nelson at email@example.com or (901) 529-4514. and generosity of Memphis Light, Gas and Water.
2010 Souper Bowl of Caring: Local congregational and campus
youth groups are invited to help raise money for MIFA Meals on
February 7, 2010, through the Souper Bowl of Caring. Participating
groups collect donations following church services or during Super Bowl
parties. Every $6 raised provides one meal for one senior. T-shirts and
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thanks to all
Presenting sponsor: SunTrust Davis & Russ Wigginton, Perry Dement, Amy & Special thanks to: Amerispan Tents, Hicks
Joey Dudek, Amy Beth Dudley, Jennifer & Carlos Convention Services, Kris Kourdouvelis &
Supporting sponsors: Harrah’s Entertainment, Fearn, Minta & Price Ford, Kat Gordon & Thomas Sharon Gray, Margaret McLean, Michael
our feed the ServiceMaster, Thomas & Betts
Soul sponsors: Americhoice by UnitedHealthCare,
Robinson, Sharon Gray & Kris Kourdouvelis, Amy
Greer, Jonathan C. Hancock, Yvonne Joiner, Alex
McPherson, Memphis Grizzlies Dance Team,
Nike, ServiceMaster Clean, Hank Word, WUMR
soul supporters! Autozone, Comcast, Elvis Presley Charitable & Chad Lopes, Maggie & Milton Lovell, Jane
& Ward Mayer, Genesha McCraven & Marcus
91.7 & Tanya Bowley, MIFA staff and Volunteers •
Food & beverage: Another Roadside Attraction,
Foundation, FedEx Solutions, Fred’s, Inc.,
Grinder, Taber & Grinder, Inc., Memphis Grizzlies, Dorris, Margaret & Alec McLean, Anne-Morgan Catering for U, Chattanooga Bakery, Inc., Circa by
NewSouth Capital Management, Inc., Pfizer, Inc., & Michael Morgan, James Nelson, Kate Pera, John Bragg, The Blue Monkey, The Brushmark at
Speak Creative, Valero Memphis Refinery Lauri & David Prather, Terry Reeves, Jerry Roach, The Brooks, Ernestine & Hazel’s, The Inn at Hunt
Shannon & Lisa Robinson, Wendy & Cary Rotter, Phelan Restaurant, Lickety Split Ice Cream, Pa Pa
Rock ‘n’ Roll sponsors: archer>malmo, Church Elizabeth Saxton, Erin & Hugh Shackleford, Mae Pia’s, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Swanky’s Taco
of the Holy Communion, Coors Light, Dixon & Ed Stanton, Becky & Chris Suhoza, Norma Shop, Coors Light, PepsiAmericas, Inc., Victor L.
Hughes PLLC, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken Upshur & Jeff Farmer, Cathy & Mark VanLeit, Robilio Company, Swanky’s Taco Shop, Buster’s
(Downtown and Collierville locations), Hog Wild KC & Jeff Warren, Dr. Skip Watson, Monica N. Liquors & Wines • Raffle prizes: Amro Music
BBQ, Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, & Andre C. Wharton, Mary Wilder & Chuck Fox, Stores, The Blue Monkey, Buckman Performing
Memphis Dermatology Clinic, P.A., Norma Upshur Hope Wilkinson, Neville & Warfield Williams, Pat Arts Center, Chick-fil-A, Custom Gifts & More,
& Jeff Farmer, Swanky’s Taco Shop, Thomas Chu, Mitchell & Billie Worley Dabbles Hair Co., Davis-Kidd Booksellers, Inc.,
M.D., P.C. Henley Glassworks, Kevin Barré Photography,
Steering committee: Jordan Barré, Tanya Lenny’s Sub Shop, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art,
Honorary co-hosts: Merry & Johnny B. Moore, Jr. Bowley, Elisabeth Callihan, Maysey Craddock, Memphis Grizzlies, Memphis Pizza Café, National
Amy Beth Dudley, Katie Foster, Nicole Gates, Civil Rights Museum, Pearl’s Oyster House, Pet’s
Honorary host committee: Jordan & Kevin Barré, Suzanne Henley, Karen McClarty, Christina Ross,
Jennie Bledsoe, Toni Boland, Mary Allison & Andy Choice Animal Clinic, Ruth’s Chris Steak House,
Chris Suhoza Sauces, Sole, Soul Fish Café, Young Avenue Deli
Cates, Nancy Cheairs & Jim Buchman, Anita
D ays of Hope The following individuals, organizations, and businesses have sponsored a Day of Hope at MIFA with an annual
gift of $5,000 or more. (Reflects Day of Hope designations from FY09 and FY10 received by October 22, 2009)
January 8 February 14 March 27 April 17
Elvis Presley Charitable Andrew Blake Scoggin Mr. and Mrs. Fred Montesi FedEx
Foundation in honor of Lemma Schwendimann in memory of Mr. Wendell Palmer
in honor of the birthday of Elvis Presley May 1
March 4 April 4 EXXONMOBIL Foundation
February 6 Jeanne and Frank Jemison Mr. and Mrs. Jack Powell in honor of 26 years delivering meals -
Fischer Lime & Cement Co. in honor of the anniversary of Peggy and in memory of Gladys H. Justice Exxon Annuitant Club of Memphis
in memory of Mr. and Mrs. William S. Walters Dick Bodine
April 15 May 6
February 11 March 7 First Tennessee Foundation Catherine (Cathy) Dunn
Mrs. David G. Williams, Sr Constance Shelton in honor of First Tennessee Volunteers in memory of Kenneth John Hagenback
in memory of David G. Williams, Sr. on his in memory of Irving Shelton
birthday April 16 May 20
Gerre Gourley Glenna Flautt
in memory of Dr. Robert D. Gourley
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June 3 June 29 August 30 October 11
Memphis Restaurant Association Emily Woodside and Bill Falvey Rose Johnston R. Brad Martin Family Foundation
in honor of their 35th wedding anniversary in memory of Tom Johnston in honor of Dina and Brad Martin
Kenneth Clark July 4 September 7 November 18
in honor of the birthday of Ellen Clark Orgill, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Smith In memory of Nancy H. Fulmer
in honor of the anniversary of Linda and
June 14 July 6 Herbert Rhea November 23
Gwen and Chris Beard Memphis Grizzlies Charitable The Speer Family
in memory of Marian L. Blumenfeld Foundation September 7
in honor of the establishment of the Foundation Edna and Pat Bomar November 25
June 22 in memory of Mrs. Lisa Bomar Krampf Jean and Frank Norfleet
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Kaye July 10 in honor of Jim McGehee
in memory of Laura H. Kaye Ladine Housholder and Don Bennett September 14
in memory of Dorothy and D. C. Bennett Mr. Peter Formanek December 1
June 23 in memory of my father, Paul P. Formanek Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Edwards
Commercial Bank and Trust July 16 in honor of Nancy Welsh
Company Kay and Tom Whitman September 15
in honor of the board and staff of MIFA in memory of Kathleen Handwerker Elizabeth T. Caldwell December 6
in memory of John W. Caldwell Laurie and John Tucker
June 26 July 29 in memory of Buz Waddy
AutoZone Loeb Properties September 28
in honor of the 30th anniversary of Jeanne and Larry Bloch December 25
AutoZone August 3 in honor of Phyllis and Paul Berz Sara and John C. Dobbs
June 27 October 10 December 30
SunTrust Bank Memphis August 14 Anne and John Stokes R. Andrew Taylor
in honor of the diversity council Sylvia G. Marks in honor of their 50th anniversary in honor of Susan and Mac McWhirter
in memory of Elias J. Goldsmith Jr. on her birthday
Schnucks has provided an easy way for people in our community to support MIFA!
1. Visit your local Schnucks and request a Schnucks eScrip Customer Card.
2. Activate your card by calling (800) 931-6258 or visiting www.escrip.com/schnucks.jsp. (To register online, click Schnucks Customer Card, then click Register Online Now. Type “MIFA”
into the search box. Click on the yellow MIFA link. Click NEXT to proceed, and then enter your personal information. Choose the eScrip Schnucks card from the drop-down menu. You
must confirm your registration before activation is complete.)
3. Present your card to the cashier every time you shop at Schnucks. You can pay for your groceries any way you choose –Schnucks will contribute up to 3% of your purchase amount to MIFA.
The more you shop, the greater the contribution to MIFA!
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C o n t r i bu t i o n s MIFA gratefully acknowledges the following cash or stock received between July 1 and September 30, 2009.
Your donations help sustain seniors, support families in crisis, and guide urban teens in our community.
Circle of Hope Level Gifts Mr. Max B. Ostner, Jr. $250 - $499 Congregations
Judy Royal Anonymous
$100,000+ $25,000 - $30,000
Drs. Melissa & Timothy H. Self Mr. & Mrs. Taylor Abernathy
Anonymous Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Carol & Glenn Sigman Jane Antrobus
$25,000 - $50,000 Mr. & Mrs. John W. Tucker Mr. & Mrs. Neil L. Brackley $5,000 - $9,999
Ellen R. Simmons Irrevocable Trust Mr. & Mrs. Willis H. Willey Dr. Daniel Canale Germantown Presbyterian Church
The Estate of Jacqueline W. Hanes Mr. & Mrs. Lewis C. Williamson, Jr. Ms. Sarah M. Carpenter Philippians V Multi-Ministry
Mr. Michael F. Curtis
$10,000 - $15,000 Cornerstone of Hope Level $2,500 - $4,999
Mr. Marshall A. Depka
Mr. & Mrs. Morgan Morton Gifts Calvary Episcopal Church
Mr. & Mrs. John Gaskill
Jean & Frank Norfleet Northeastern Minnesota Synod - ELCA
$500 - $999 Sally & Brad Heinz
$5,000 - $9,999 Anonymous Mrs. Carolyn L. Jennings $1,000 - $2,499
Mr. & Mrs. Charles C. Gerber Mr. & Mrs. George Cates Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. Kerwin First Baptist Church, Lauderdale
Mary & Lucian S. Minor Margaret & Bill Craddock Jean Lightman Second Presbyterian Church
The Estate of Helen E. Hardin Mr. Robert L. Crawford Ms. Jane M. Lovelace St. John Orthodox Church
Gerre W. Gourley Dr. Richard Magid St. Patrick’s Church
$2,500 - $4,999 Mr. & Mrs. Cecil J. McGee
Bruce Kahn Temple Israel
Gwen & Chris Beard Mr. & Mrs. Kojo McLennon
Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Large United Methodist Church,
Dr. & Mrs. Roger J. Cunningham Mr. & Mrs. Shannon Robinson
Dr. & Mrs. Roland N. Lee Memphis Conference
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas P. Francis Mr. & Mrs. Colin James Ruthven
Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Thornton III Judge and Mrs. H.T. Lockard $500 - $999
Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell Moore Mrs. Jean W. Sights
Balmoral Presbyterian Church
$1,000 - $2,499 Beverly & Bill Rogers Ms. Sandra L. Smegelsky
Buntyn Presbyterian Church
Anonymous Suzanne Satterfield & John Pickens Caprice & Art Snyder
The Estate of Matilda E. Clarke Mr. & Mrs. John T. Stout Dr. & Mrs. Donald Webb Tucker
Community of Faith Christian Church
The Estate of Virginia I. Worthington Mr. & Mrs. Michael D. Terry Ms. Elaine Tuomanen
Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Mrs. Dorothy K. Gerwin Ms. Norma I. B. Upshur & Mr. Henry Wetter III
Grace Katz Mr. Jeff H. Farmer Mr. & Mrs. Thax Whitten
Emmanuel United Methodist Church
Dr. & Mrs. Jesse E. McGee Mr. & Mrs. William R. Wilson
Gospel Temple Missionary Baptist
Dr. & Mrs. Alan M. Nadel
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Idlewild Presbyterian Church $50,000 - $74,999 $2,500 - $4,999 The Flora Belle Moss and Bessie
Munford Presbyterian Church AutoZone Comcast Abigail Moss Foundation
St. Peter Catholic Church H. W. Durham Foundation Exxon Mobil Foundation Graham’s Lighting Fixtures, Inc.
White Stone Missionary Baptist Fred’s, Inc. Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau
$25,000 - $49,999
Church Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation Memphis Dermatology Clinic, P.A.
Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation
NewSouth Capital Management, Inc. Wurzburg, Inc.
$250 - $499 MCR Safety
Castalia Baptist Church $250 -$499
$10,000 - $24,999 Valero Memphis Refinery
Cathedral of Hope Outreach Ministry The Feinstein Foundation
Affinity Lawnscapes, LLC
Cherokee Baptist Church $1,000 - $2,499
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church $5,000 - $9,999 FedEx Solutions Groups
Memphis Friends Meeting Ameriprise Financial Hoops, LP $80,000+
Bank of America Foundation Meals on Wheels Association of MLG&W - Plus-1
Corporations and Combined Federal Campaign of America
Foundations Memphis MGM Mirage Voice Foundation $7,000 - $9,999
Plough Foundation Southern Steel Supply Company, Inc. United Way of The Mid-South
$75,000+ Donor Choice
The Irvin Lansky Foundation SunTrust Banks, Inc.
$500 - $999
Thomas & Betts Corporation $500- $999
Dixon Hughes PLLC
t r i b u t e s
MIFA gratefully acknowledges the following cash or stock received between July 1 and September 30, 2009.
Your donations are meaningful to the people you honor and the people we serve.
Honorariums Rosene Bloom Grandchildren of Phyllis & JoAnn Grear
Jeanne & Bruce Alpert & family Tom Francis Sybil & Donald Tucker
Mr. & Mrs. G. William Albright Madelyn Brock Phyllis & Tom Francis Rae & Sam Grosman
Flora & David Bratten Helen Ryan Teresa Frisbie Ann & Felix Caldwell
Ridley Anderson Susan Calman Rosemary Boydston Miriam Heine
Margaret Craddock Janet Kisber Maria Fuhrmann Max Heine
Jackie Bernatsky George Collier III The MIFA Family Dana Henking
Janet Kisber Mrs. Lawrence L. Cohen Aimee Ginsburg Steve Kisber
Ken Billings Mr. & Mrs. Lewis R. Donelson Carolyn Pinsel Anna Belle Kaplan
Sybil & Donald Tucker Jean & Frank Norfleet Janet Kisber
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Minette Kochman Richard C. Raines Evelyn Ayres Eleanor M. Calhoun
Alvin Salomon Julie & Jim Raines Jane Sharpe Kelly Bolton
Connie Loeb Jennifer & Trey Robison Joe Barnwell Laura, Jim & Hays Bynum
Hollie Federman Dottie Sachritz Margaret & Bill Craddock Gallery Study Club
Charles H. Lofton Lynn Ryder The MIFA Family Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Garner
Charlie Nelson Helen Ryan David Berger Jane W. Hobson
Love & Laughter Ladies Mr. Jay Schwartzberg Mrs. Murray Reiter Madeleine Jehl
Harriet Nolan Harriett & Don Schaffer Rosene Bloom Lou Jones
Lucy Loveless Andrew Blake Scoggin Dr. & Mrs. David Usdan Ms. Virginia H. Kleffner
Curt & Jeffrey Ward J. Allen Scoggin Ms. Billie Bogart Sherri Mallett
Mr. & Mrs. Woody Marshall Price Smith Mr. & Mrs. James Veirs The MIFA Family
Christopher M. Marshall Thomas Robinson & Dr. Bobby Bowie Julie & David Miller
Mr. & Mrs. Lawson D. Maury, Jr. MIFA Development Staff Patsy & Harold Bowie Mary & Gene Richardson
Flora & David Bratten Katy & Joe Spake Mr. Skeets Boyle Elizabeth & John Stout
Missy & Jim McDonnell Gail Murray & Joe Hawes Connie & Lou Adams Jane & Maury Strauss
Jean & Frank Norfleet Nancy Trussell Dr. Burton Bodan Bill Wilson
The Meals Program Sybil & Donald Tucker The MIFA Family Harriet Charak
Mark A. Williams - Ohio State Ron Walter & the WREG Plus-1 Show Jerome Morrison Janet Kisber
University Margaret Craddock Pearl Breedlove Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Lerner, Jr.
Betty & Jack Moore Shelia & Steve Warner Rebecca Argall Benjamin R. Chirls
Kemmons Wilson Family Sybil & Donald Tucker Mrs. Elizabeth Brower Dr. & Mrs. David Usdan
Foundation Park W. Wong JoAn & Frank Adair Mary Patricia Gallagher Clarkson
Donna Nathan Charlie Nelson Hazel L. Brown Mary & Jerry Sharp
Helen Ryan Margie & Harold Steinberg Mrs. Barbara Collins
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Norfleet
memorials Katherine Reid Brown Mrs. Theda D. Richards
Lucian S. Minor Floy Allen Louise & Jeff Mann Polly Cooper
Mrs. Marcia Notowich John Allen Jeanne Roberds Burrow Carol Beachey & Don Voth
Linda & David Usdan Esker Lee Anderson Janie & Bill Bobbitt Sara Craft
Ethel Pearl Curt & Jeffrey Ward Josie Burson Ruth & Charles Cobb
Connie Shelton Donald Argall Kathy Junkin Nancy Crosby
Betty Pittman Rebecca Argall Dr. Shed H. Caffey Janie & Bill Bobbitt
Bettie M. Campbell John Klettner Mr. & Mrs. C. Thomas Cates
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Dr. & Mrs. Albert J. Grobmeyer III Stephen Faulkner Laurie Grover Dr. Jaswant Lal Kahanna
Mr. Gene Dellinger Rebecca Argall Linda Walter Madelyne Daneman
Mr. & Mrs. Fred Montesi & family James O. Ferguson Larry Hall Rohini & Prabhakar Parikh
Jeanne Dreifus Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck PLC Dr. Alan Salomon Lyda Parker
Deborah & Sam Brackstone Mrs. Ann Fortner Louise K. Hays Mr. & Mrs. Don Schaffer
Margaret & Bill Craddock Mr. & Mrs. Taylor Abernathy Mary Dean Richards Laird Pauline Kay
Donna & Bob Goodman Jack B. Frazer Jerome Morrison Mrs. Murray Reiter
Karen & Murray Riss Lea C. Davis Lori Heider Hisky Mrs. Hazel Hae Sun Lee Kim
Peggy Seessel William Thompson Fuller Laura, Jim & Hays Bynum Rebecca Argall
Dr. & Mrs. David Usdan Ann & Walker Uhlhorn Cindy & J. L. Pendergrast Frank J. Knotter, Jr.
Betsy W. Earp Linda Garcia Barbara Wilson Dr. & Mrs. Steven Roney
Paige M. Blankinship Brin & Dale Baucum Mr. Horton Sara Rich Larkey
Ann Marie & Dan Canale Austin Gordon Burleigh Consulting Group, Inc. Emily & Jerry Gay
Dr. Daniel Canale Dr. & Mrs. David Usdan Susan M. Houston Irene Lewis
Peggy & Bill Geralds Mother of Darlene Loprete & Marietta & Robert Burleigh Corrie H. Hawkins
Dr. & Mrs. John Holmes Jack Greene Mr. & Mrs. C. W. Butler III Naomi Brantley Littrell
Sara M. Holmes Gail Murray & Joe Hawes Elaine & Jim Crews Louise & Jeff Mann
Mr. & Mrs. Will Magruder Mrs. Geraldine Greg-Horton Herbert Hunt Dorothy Locardi
Deborah Matthews Mrs. Frankie W. Taylor Peggy & L. R. Jalenak, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. William Buie
The MIFA Family Charles Griesbeck, Jr. Asbury Hunter, Sr. Sajjad Mahm
Mr. & Mrs. William E. Penland, Jr. Mrs. Frances K. Averitt Sharon & Pam Taylor Deborah & Sam Brackstone
Suzanne Ragsdale Margaret Craddock Bunny Jappe Mr. & Mrs. James B. Markham, Sr.
Helen Ryan Susan & Jerry Davis Sally Jones Heinz Ruth McClain
Frances H. Smith Emily Woodside & Bill Falvey The MIFA Family Sylvia Manis
Dr. & Mrs. G. Randolph Turner Steven Fracchia Jerome Morrison Shara & Sidney Lehman
Billie Anne Williams Macie McNabb Houston David Voss Johnson, Jr. Mrs. Kathleen Mayo
Mrs. Lillian Engelberg The MIFA Family Lucy & Ceylon Blackwell Mrs. Theda D. Richards
Shirley & Sidney Abraham Jerome Morrison Mr. Joseph Johnson John R. McCabe, Jr.
Mr. Bill “Pop” Erwin Barbara & Allie Prescott Beate & Bill Griffin Alice Wood
Donna & Michael Malone Julie & Jim Raines Suzanne Satterfield & John Pickens Woodrow A. McCulley
Patrick Fahy William Grissom Jasper Jones The MIFA Family
Mr. & Mrs. Guy Massey Janet Kisber The MIFA Family
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Brother of Barbara Michel Mary Salky Hall Tacket Constance Williams
Helen Haas Janet Kisber The MIFA Family Elaine & Marvin Klein
Lou Moffatt Shara & Sidney Lehman Sybil & Donald Tucker James Edgar Williams
Janie & Bill Bobbitt Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Lerner, Jr. Patricia Taylor Jessie K. Williams
Mr. & Mrs. Fred Montesi Courtney & Aaron Shemper Mr. & Mrs. Fred Montesi & Family Robert Williams
Frank Montesi Dr. & Mrs. David Usdan Ann & Walker Uhlhorn Marietta & Robert Burleigh
Peggy & Fred Ivy Josephine Santi Gwen Terry Margaret & Bill Craddock
Mother of Bobby Nuckolls Jack Bisno Margaret & Bill Craddock Cynthia & Don Jordan
Rebecca Argall Mrs. Arnie Saurenman The MIFA Family Billie Anne Williams
Cynthia Patterson Elaine & Marvin Klein Mary Wilder Pauline Wilson
Harold Brooks Frank Schriner, Sr. Celine Thomas Rebecca Argall
The Father of Steve Perry Suzanne & Al Montgomery Mrs. Murray Reiter Victoria K. Hyrka Wilson
Shirley Manis Jim Seacat Thomas H. Todd Cindy & J. L. Pendergrast
Dr. Willie Ren Phillips Donna & Michael Malone Connie & Dunbar Abston James L. Wottle
Jane Plunket David Simpson The MIFA Family Mr. & Mrs. David Wottle
Mrs. Addie Pirtle Marietta & Robert Burleigh Jerome Morrison Lucy Boren Wunderlich
Dr. Derene Akins John Klettner Dora Evelyn Vaughn Ann & Walker Uhlhorn
Oscar Plunket, Jr. Dr. Gina Prigoff Elaine & Marvin Klein
Jane Plunket Mr. Wazir Singh Mary Welsh
Roselle Poag Dr. & Mrs. D. D. Sidhu Janie & Bill Bobbitt Jeanne Alpert
Alesia Kempe Mrs. Doris M. Sisco Alice Wood Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Bearman
Mary Ellen White Dr. Burton Bodan Jane West Ron Belz
Pastor Shirley Marie Owens Prince Dr. Jerome Smith Mary & Charles Cape Gail & Russ Petty, National
Philippians V Multi-Ministry Center Jane Sharpe James Wetter Security & Trust
Katherine M. Rather Rexie Smithart Jerome Morrison Rohan Ericson Blume
Belinda Rubens Tommye Adams Betty Kellogg Wilbourn Asan G. Tejwani
Mrs. Kay Reed Arlene Stamm Emily & Jerry Gay Nia Bowley
Ann & Walker Uhlhorn Lyda Parker Irving Wilenzick Friends of Nia Bowley
Mother of Lyn Reed Heard Sutton Lynn & Dr. Robert Kline Kay Carey
Timna Myers Helen Ruth Weisburd Shirley Manis Cynthia Ham & Jeff Sanford
Mrs. Barbara Rowlett-Lewis Uncle Syd Annabelle Wilk Hazel Cohen
Mrs. Frankie W. Taylor Janet Kisber Shirley Manis Sylvia & Stuart LaVene
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Dorothy Cohn Mrs. Jaswant Kaur Rohini & Prabhakar Parikh Nan & Lee Kelley
Harriett & Don Schaffer Dr. & Mrs. D. D. Sidhu Russ Petty Carol & Bert Barnett
Corky’s 25th birthday Ronald Lazarov Gail Petty, National Security & Trust Mr. & Mrs. Nathaniel Landau
Peggy & L. R. Jalenak, Jr. Gail & Russ Petty, National Robert Royal Harriett & Don Schaffer
Mrs. Hermine Davidson Security & Trust Russ & Gail Petty, National Mr. & Mrs. Jack Marks
Janet Kisber Jerome Makowsky Security & Trust Janet Kisber
Mrs. Bess Feinstein Donna & Bob Goodman Marianne Walter Mr. & Mrs. Robert Michel
Blanche Morris Janet Kisber Margaret Craddock Barbara Michel
Aimee Ginsburg Chanchala Mehta Ellen Whitten Mr. & Mrs. Herb Notowich
Jane & Maury Strauss Rohini & Prabhakar Parikh Libby & Thax Whitten Mary Anne & Jim Hall
Mrs. Sterling Hofman Vinaybhai Mehta Joy Brown Wiener Faye & Jack Marks
Alvin Salomon Rohini & Prabhakar Parikh Aimee Gronauer Ginsburg Harriett & Don Schaffer
Connie Shelton Mary Michel Pearl & David Pollow
Mrs. Edith Jacobson Barbara Michel anniversaries Mr. & Mrs. Louis Roman
Shirley & Sidney Abraham Isabelle Moore Harriet & Alford Alperin Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Underberg
Lou Jones Blanche Miller Roslyn Karesh Harriett & Don Schaffer
Bill Wilson Vinod Nathani Mr. & Mrs. Jim Crews
Don Jordan Lina Parekh Corinne & Art Nienhuis
Billie Anne Williams Sonali Parikh Billie Anne Williams
MIFA always strives to cut administrative costs so that your dollars go directly where they are needed – to our programs.
The recent redesign of Hope in Action is one example of our cost-cutting efforts. We are proud to tell you that printing, preparing, and mailing the
September 2009 issue of Hope in Action cost 35% less than the same issue in 2008. We are smarter with our spending so you can trust that your
donation makes the greatest possible difference.
Let your legacy live on - consider a charitable bequest to MIFA. If you have included a charitable bequest to MIFA in your will, please
let us know so that we can thank you. Call (901) 529-4523 to speak with Sally Heinz about your contribution.
We would love to hear your stories! If you would like to share a story about your experience at MIFA, contact Ellen Whitten at firstname.lastname@example.org or
(901) 529-4507, or post a message at www.mifa.org/stories.
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Volunteer opportunities at MIFA
910 Vance Avenue • Memphis, TN 38126 If you are interested in volunteering for any of our programs, call or email the appropriate
contact below for available opportunities. If possible, please review our volunteer
Private donations combined
requirements online before selecting your volunteer opportunity, as each program has a
with funds from these partners
make MIFA’s services possible. different set of guidelines for volunteers. You can also fill out a volunteer application online!
Visit mifa.org/volunteer for more information.
Childcare – LaShonda Lewis, 525-7766 x31, email@example.com
TN Departments of Human
Services & Transportation
Facilities – Mary Wilder, 527-0208 x547, firstname.lastname@example.org
Life Skills Institute – Tonya Crowder, 525-7766, email@example.com
Long-Term Care Ombudsman – Rick Finkey, 527-0208 x230, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meals – Angela Scott, 529-4513, email@example.com
Senior Companion – Dennis Moy, 529-4535, firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Events/Development – Charlie Nelson, 529-4514, email@example.com
The MIFA Store – Charlie Nelson, 529-4514, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association,
Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible charity.
Volunteer orientation and tours are held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Contact Charlie Nelson to reserve a spot. 529-4514, email@example.com.
Bring in this
coupon to receive
a purchase of $30 or more
910 Vance Ave. • Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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