14th Annual Arc Benefit Gala
A night to remember
Thanks to everyone for making the 14th Annual Arc Benefit Gala a night to remember. Nearly 300 guests entered the Hilton Memphis' Grand Ballroom Saturday, September 26th, to enjoy food, entertainment, and music, all for a good cause.
The event featured a silent and live auction. Some of the items up for bid included a 47" Philips HDTV from Sam's Club, roundtrip tickets from Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways, a membership to The Crescent Club, and a John Hardy cocktail ring from Mednikow Jewelers.
Joe Birch of WMC-TV served as moderator for the evening. Because of a last minute mayoral debate on WREG, Mayor A.C. Wharton was unable to attend the event but taped a presentation showing his support of the organization and expressing his regret at missing the festivities. Wharton's speech can be found on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiryLRMAEaQ
Members of The Arc of the Mid-South's Board of Directors presented awards to honor those who continually strive to make a difference in lives of individuals with disabilities, their families, and friends. Congratulations to our nominees and winners!
Winners for this year’s awards include:
Taco Bell – Employer of the Year
Kristen Hicks – Employee of the Year
Anthony Sledge – Professional of the Year
John Barzizza – Distinguished Community Service Award
Lou Gettings – Educator/Advocate of the Year
Derrick Freeman – Outstanding Artist/Performer Award
Adrian Starks – Empowerment Award
Beverly Cannon – Humanitarian of the Year
Thanks to our volunteers, staff, and all attendees!