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12 Ways to Invest in Memphis This Week: April 27 – May 1

Photo: Jake Ruth

While we love sharing all the fun events going on in Memphis, we also want to highlight some important invest opportunities that exist. From fundraisers to volunteer opportunities, we’ve got several ways to invest in the 901 this week.

Support your neighbors in bringing safer, cleaner, and more playful spaces to your neighborhood by supporting one of these ioby projects. Give now to ensure a greener, more livable Memphis.

Instead of getting dressed up and spending a night out, you’re invited to stay in, listen to the hosts’ musical recommendations, and donate your expenses for a night out to MIFA. Donate by May 13th and win four tickets to Memphis: The Musical. Go here for the playlist.

Learn about the possibilities of social innovation in Memphis at this free speaker event, hosted by High Ground and EPIcenter, and be part of a conversation on the fresh thinking that is pushing communities forward. Hear from David Tarver, an expert in urban entrepreneurship, on how those businesses are different from traditional views of entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs in Memphis can be social innovators, approaching civic problems in the same way they tackle a business obstacle.

Come to Clark Towers for an exclusive Wine Tasting and Silent Auction to benefit Our Fallen Heroes Foundation (OFHF). The foundation will recognize Director Gina Sweat for her appointment as the first female Director of the Memphis Fire Department. A local sommelier will lead a wine tasting of four wines from the Puglia region of Italy imported by Frederick Wildman and Sons Ltd. There will be a fully stocked cash bar as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres. The silent auction will feature items curated for authentic Memphis experiences. This foundation was created in loving memory to Lt. Trent Kirk who lost his life on Father’s Day on June 15, 2003 while battling a fire at the Family Dollar in Frayser. The mission of Our Fallen Heroes Foundation is to educate and support the surviving family members of Shelby County First Responders.

Kimbal Musk will speak at Rhodes College in the McCallum Ballroom located in the Bryan Campus Life Center.  Rhodes students and the greater Memphis community are invited to attend. Kimbal is a co-founder of The Kitchen, a growing family of restaurants that sources directly from local farmers, stimulating the local farm economy to the tune of millions of dollars a year, and creating quality jobs. In 2011, Kimbal co-founded The Kitchen Community, a complementary non-profit organization. The Kitchen Community builds Learning Gardens in schools around the U.S. reaching hundreds of thousands of students every school day, improving their vegetable intake and academic achievements.  The Kitchen Community has built outdoor Learning Garden classrooms in 46 schools in Memphis since launching the initiative in spring 2015. Kimbal’s restaurant group will open a bistro and a grab ‘n go cafe in Shelby Farms Park later this summer along with a casual pub concept opening in the Crosstown Concourse development in 2017.  Feel free to ask Kimbal questions on Twitter before and after his talk @Kimbal using the hashtag #RhodesTalk.

Explore and gain practice in specific skills for Nonviolent Communication, such as Active Listening and “I-messaging.” And explore and connect with the universal human needs and values.

The Family Safety Center is celebrating their fifth year in Memphis at the 50 Shades of Purple Gala on April 29. The event is a celebration of their accomplishments over the past five years, but also a reminder of the often unrecognized “shades” of domestic violence that victims still face in our community.

The Annual Tribute Luncheon is the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis’ signature fundraiser consisting of three distinct events that encourage philanthropy and foster women’s leadership. Proceeds support the Women’s Foundation’s grant-making and special initiatives that promote the economic security for nearly 16,000 women and children annually. All proceeds from this year’s Tribute Luncheon will benefit WFGM grant-making and the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan to reduce poverty by five percent over five years in the 38126 zip code, where 62 percent of adults and 76 percent of children live at or below the poverty line, more than double and almost triple the rate of the city (30%). Robin Meade, “Host of HLN’s Morning Express w/ Robin Meade” will serve as the featured keynote speaker for the 2016 Annual Tribute Luncheon.  Meade is a broadcast journalist, philanthropist, author and singer-songwriter. For over 15 years she has reported on many of today’s most pressing issues – from world events to momentous pop culture occurrences. Her body of work includes, New York Times best sellers, Emmy Awards and country music albums.

Come to the Overton Park Greensward for the fifth and final day of the Greensward Food Drive. Donate 5 or more items or $5 or more cash and get a Save the Greensward frisbee while they last, and enter to win a free t-shirt.

The Bartlett Academy National Junior Honor Society would like to invite you to participate in their Stomp Out Suicide community walk to raise money for suicide awareness and prevention. The proceeds from this event will go to the Jason Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The walk takes place at Shelby Farms Park. Activities will include the walk, live music, food, fellowship, and a closing ceremony that will allow participants an opportunity to remember those who have been lost to suicide and offer encouragement for those who are struggling with loss and depression. Early registration fee is $20.00, and includes a walk t-shirt, honor beads, and a luminary bag. More info here, and register here.

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the release of Johnny Cash’s Sun Record single #241 “I Walk The Line” at the Galloway House in Cooper-Young. Enjoy Memphis Made Beer for a suggested $5 donation and listen to the sounds of Rhodes College “Flying V’s”, Papa Tops West Coast Turnaround, Jesse & Noah Bellamy, and a Cash tribute by Rusty Rainey joined by Special Guests Roy Cash and his daughter Kellye Cash (former Miss America 1987). Cash’s original (and only) drummer W.S. “Fluke” Holland will be on hand to unveil a Historic Marker which details Cash’s first performance at Galloway in December, 1954. Goner Records will drop the needle on the Sun single “I Walk The Line”. Weather permitting, the entire show will be outdoors following the historic marker unveiling. All proceeds go to the Johnny Cash Statue Project.

Memphis Voices for Palestine will be showing the movie “The Little Town of Bethlehem”.  Little Town of Bethlehem, rated PG13, is an inspiring true story of three men (an Israeli Jew, a Palestinian Muslim, and a Palestinian Christian) in a land gripped by fear, hatred, and division. Expected to be enemies, they instead strive together to end the cycle of violence. You can park in the back parking lot and enter through the red back door then find a seat in Conference Room B.

Find more ways to give back to Memphis here.

Find specific volunteer opportunities with Volunteer Memphis and Volunteer Odyssey. Looking to bring a volunteer team to Memphis? Check out Serve901.