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The Arc Mid-South
24th Annual Awards and Benefit Gala
Bridging The Voices:
The Arc Mid-South Celebrates Memphis’ Bicentennial

The Arc Mid-South’s 24th Annual Awards & Benefit Gala was held on October 26th 2019.

The Arc Mid-South’s 24th annual Awards and Benefits gala was held on Saturday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Memphis Botanic Gardens.  This year’s gala theme was “Bridging the Voices: Celebrating Memphis’ Bicentennial”.
Joyce Peterson from WMCTV was this year’s moderator, and saxophonist Antonio Hopson provided live entertainment for the crowd during the event.

This year’s event featured both silent and live auctions.  John Roebuck from John Roebuck Auctions was the auctioneer for the live auction, which featured a variety of enticing items, including a basketball signed by Penny Hardaway, a football signed by Marcus Morieta of the Tennessee Titans, and several resort vacations donated by Elite Island Resorts. 

This year’s honorees included:

  • Janeen Gordon, WMC Action News 5’s Traffic Anchor/Lifestyle Host for Bluff City Life – Community Awareness Award
  • Bev Johnson, Talk Show Host for WDIA – Community Awareness Award
  • Willie H. Gregory, Senior Director of Global Community Impact for Nike – Platinum Sponsor
  • Charles Sims Jr., President/CEO of Sims Financial Group, Inc. – Gold Sponsor
  • John Lichterman, Agent at McKee and McFarland Inc., and – The Arc Mid-South Service Award
  • John Hiatt, Advocate – The Arc Mid-South Service Award

This year’s gala raised $37,500 to help support The Arc’s literacy, job development, family support/respite care, and advocacy programs.  The Arc Mid-South is a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential. 



Highlights from Gala 2018

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