The Mid-South Fair is ‘Making Memories’ in 2012

Since its move from the old fairgrounds in Memphis to Southaven, MS, the Mid-South Fair kicks off its fourth consecutive year at the Landers Center. This year the fair will be held September 21- 30, 2012, with the theme “Making Memories.” Since the move to Southaven, traditional Mid-South fairgoers continue to attend the annual event. There is also a new group of attendees that we hope will create some new memories with their friends and family.

Mid-South Fair President Mike McGee says the organization is planning a great fair. “You can expect great entertainment, plenty of rides and wonderful food and fun,” said McGee. “Our 59th annual Youth Talent competition, which is the oldest amateur youth talent competition in the United States, only gets bigger and better. On the main stage, we are excited to showcase a lot of local talent this year.” Some other acts include motor cross racing and wrestling.

The Mid-South Fair will also continue its history of “giving back” to the community by supporting some very worthy causes in our community.” The Memphis Child Advocacy Center will receive brand new teddy bears and the Mid-South Food Bank will receive canned goods. Local area churches who participate in bringing a current weekly bulletin or offering envelope, with the church name and address, will receive $1 off a single adult admission. The Fair will then donate $1 back to their church youth program at the culmination of the fair.

Gates open weekdays at noon so you can take advantage of the “Come Have Lunch at the Fair” hours. Admission and parking will be free from noon – 2 p.m. Visit the website at www.midsouthfair.com for full details of hours, pricing and entertainment.

Some of the sponsors of this year’s Mid-South Fair include Epic Solutions, Captain D’s and The Commercial Appeal.

About The Mid-South Fair

The original and still the best, the Mid-South Fair has entertained families since 1856. As a non-profit organization, we exist to create a cultural and entertainment experience that exposes people in our community to items and events they might not otherwise encounter. The Fair is governed by a board of directors, operated by a full-time staff and funded by sponsorships and donations. Since 2001, the Fair has given out $64,000 in educational scholarships for excellence in Youth Talent, Creative Arts, and Agriculture.  For more information about the Mid-South Fair, visit our website at www.midsouthfair.com 

 

The Mid-South Fair Collects Teddy Bears for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center

The Mid-South Fair is partnering with the Memphis Child Advocacy Center to help them restock their teddy bear wall again this year. Last year’s opening day was so successful because of the support from the Mid-South community.

On opening day Friday, September 21, we are asking you to again help kids served at the Child Advocacy Center by bringing a brand new medium-sized teddy bear to the Mid-South Fair. Make sure the bear still has its tags or store packaging. When you donate a brand new teddy bear at the Mid-South Fair, you’ll get $3 off a single adult admission—and you’ll help a hurting child in need.

The motto of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center is “helping victims become children again.” The MCAC mission is to help children who are victims of sexual abuse. The center provides counseling for sexually abused kids, and every child can choose a brand new teddy bear from the Child Advocacy’s wall of bears. The bear becomes a trusted and comforting companion as the child finds justice and healing after being sexually or physically abused.

The center treated 1,200 children last year. At least 2,000 bears are needed this year to make sure every child gets a bear during their time at the center.

“When they come in and see this big bear wall full of teddy bears, it’s a loud message for them that this is a safe place for kids,” says Virginia Stallworth, the center’s associate director.

 

“The Mid-South Fair is very excited to partner once again with the Memphis Child Advocacy Center to restock their teddy bear wall,” says Mid-South Fair President Mike McGee. “We have provided for youth in the Mid-South for many years. When there is a need in our community, the Mid-South Fair wants to respond to the need in a way that will make an impact. We hope to assist the center with overflowing the wall.”

McGee gives credit to Mid-South Ford Dealers for assisting the Mid-South Fair with making a difference in the lives of children at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center.

About The Mid-South Fair

The original and still the best, the Mid-South Fair has entertained families since 1856. As a non-profit organization, we exist to create a cultural and entertainment experience that exposes people in our community to items and events they might not otherwise encounter. The Fair is governed by a board of directors, operated by a full-time staff and funded by sponsorships and donations. Since 2001, the Fair has given out $64,000 in educational scholarships for excellence in Youth Talent, Creative Arts, and Agriculture.  For more information about the Mid-South Fair, visit our

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis Only Memphis Hospital to Receive American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award  for Heart Attack Care

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis Only Memphis Hospital to Receive American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award for Heart Attack Care

Award demonstrates Saint Francis Hospital’s commitment to quality care for heart attack patients.

Accepting our Mission Lifeline Award from the American Heart Association representative, Paula Feather (center), is Michelle Britton, Director of Cardiovascular Services (left) and Donna Rye (right) Cardiac Research Site Manager.

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a high standard of care for heart attack patients. It is the only hospital in the Memphis area to receive this recognition.

Each year in the United States, nearly 300,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, the most severe form of heart attack. A STEMI occurs when a blood clot completely blocks an artery to the heart. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that makes sure STEMI patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients.

As a “STEMI Receiving Hospital,” Saint Francis Hospital meets high standards of performance in quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients to open the blocked artery. Before they are discharged, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers and they receive smoking cessation counseling if needed. Hospitals must adhere to these guidelines-based measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

“Saint Francis is dedicated to making our Heart & Vascular Center among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for our professionals to improve the outcomes of our cardiac patients,” said Dave Archer, CEO. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.”

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis is a 519-bed full service hospital located at 5959 Park Avenue in Memphis, Tenn.  The hospital has been recognized for excellence of care by United Healthcare, CIGNA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. In 2011, the American Heart Association presented the Gold Performance Achievement Award to Saint Francis for Heart Failure and Cardiovascular Disease in their “Get With The Guidelines” program. Offering a wide array of medical services, Saint Francis is noted for its many Centers of Excellence, including its Center for Surgical Weight Loss, Sleep Center, Chest Pain Emergency Center, Heart & Vascular Center, Surgical Services, Diabetes Center, and Women’s Center.

Saint Francis Hospital serves as an academic training site for University of Tennessee Surgical, Family Practice, and Psychiatric Residents.  The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Saint Francis Hospital, visit www.SaintFrancisHosp.com.


About Mission: Lifeline

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines.  For more information, visit heart.org/missionlifeline and heart.org/quality.

ASPIRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ MEMPHIS REGION WELCOMES NEW TEAM: Charter school organization prepares for planning year with seasoned staff

Aspire Public Schools is happy to announce new team members for the Memphis region, who will be working closely with community leaders, parents, students and teachers over the upcoming year. Aspire plans to open 2 schools in Memphis in 2013.

“We are so excited about our new team,” said Allison Leslie, Executive Director of the Aspire Public Schools Memphis Region. “Being on the ground and working within the community this year allows us the flexibility to work together to create and implement creative plans for each school that will speak to the needs of that specific community.”

The team includes: Kahlmus Eatman, Katie Kling, Saree Mading, Nickalous Manning, and Caroline Vance.

Kahlmus Eatman -Managing Director of Business & Operations
Eatman has been tapped to serve as the Director of Business and Operations. He worked for Aspire as an Operations Manager in 2008. After his time with Aspire he relocated to Los Angeles to work with Pacific Charter School Development, where he managed the development of new school facilities. During his time at Duke University as an undergraduate, Eatman co-founded an organization called Black Male Outreach and Education that supported African American young men during high school and college to realize their goal of being first in their family to graduate from college. He found his way into the charter school world after working with The Bridgespan Group in San Francisco and Boston.

Katie Kling – Memphis K-5 Math Instructional Coach
Kling has been a member of the Aspire team since 2004. She joined as an elementary schoolteacher at Aspire East Palo Alto Charter School in California. In 2010, Kling became a K-5 Math coach, serving multiple schools across Aspire, and this fall she will begin her work to support Memphis by spending the majority of the school year working with teachers to revise and align assessments, pacing guides and curriculum to the common core.

Saree Mading -Managing Director of Student Services, HR & IT
Mading has most recently served in the role of Director of Student Services for Aspire and is the President of the Ravenswood City School Board. Upon relocating to Memphis, Mading will support student services in Memphis, and manage HR and IT. Mading joined Aspire in 2001 as a middle school social studies and science teacher. She became a vice principal in 2006 and started her school board work in 2008. Currently, her experience as president of the school board has inspired her interest in expanding her work to include operations.

Nickalous Manning- Community Outreach & Partnerships Manager
A native of Memphis, graduate of Melrose High School in Orange Mound and former principal of Lanier Middle School in the Whitehaven area of Memphis, Manning will serve as Community Outreach and Partnership Manager. He is a graduate of the New Leaders program, and earned his Master‟s in Educational Leadership and his Doctorate while serving as a principal.

Caroline Vance -Memphis K-5 Literacy Coach
Vance is a graduate of Rhodes College. After her undergraduate studies, she joined Teach for America in Houston and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to work for RISE. After a few years, she decided she wanted to return to the classroom and became a founding teacher at Aspire ERES Academy. In Memphis, Vance will serve in as the K-5 Literacy Coach, which will be extremely important when reviewing the option of adding Pre-K to the educational program in Memphis.

About Aspire Public Schools
Aspire Public Schools is a nonprofit organization that currently operates 34 high-performing, open-enrollment public charter schools serving 12,000 students in underserved communities across California and will open schools in Memphis, TN in fall, 2013. Aspire is one of the highest-performing public school systems in California, delivering a rigorous „College for Certain‟ education to students in grades K-12. An unrelenting focus on college preparedness led to 100 percent of graduating Aspire seniors being accepted to four year colleges or universities in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Aspire offers a high-quality education in six cities throughout California: Los Angeles, Oakland, Stockton, Sacramento, Modesto and East Palo Alto. Visit Aspire Public Schools at www.aspirepublicschools.org.

Aspire Public Schools Kicks off Listening Tours in Memphis Area

In an effort to create awareness in the Memphis community about Aspire Public Schools-Memphis Region (APS), the organization will kick-off a series of Listening Tours to engage parents, guardians and community leadership in September and October.

“We are excited about the opportunity to enhance educational experiences in the city of Memphis,” said Nick Manning, Community Outreach & Partnerships Manager. “I want to say thank you for the support that we have received thus far. It is refreshing to live in a city that leads the nation in education reform. These listening tours will help us continue our mission of educating the community on what we stand for and how we are here to help.”
The entire Memphis community is invited to attend. Teachers, parents, guardians and students are urged to bring their questions and concerns.

Listening Tour Stops:

Thursday, September 13th
The Orange Mound Community Center
2572 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38114
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Thursday, September 20th
The MAM Grizzlies Center
2107 Ball Road, Memphis, TN 38114
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M

Thursday, September 27th
Whitehaven Library
4120 Millbranch Road, Memphis, TN 38116
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M

Thursday, October 11th
The Ed Rice Community Center
2907 North Watkins Street, Memphis, TN 38127
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M

Aspire Public Schools was selected by the Achievement School District to transform 10 schools over the next five years.

About Aspire Public Schools
Aspire Public Schools is a nonprofit organization that currently operates 34 high-performing, open-enrollment public charter schools serving 12,600 students in underserved communities across California and will open schools in Memphis, TN in fall, 2013. Aspire is one of the highest-performing public school systems in California, delivering a rigorous ‘College for Certain’ education to students in grades K-12. An unrelenting focus on college preparedness led to 100 percent of graduating Aspire seniors being accepted to four year colleges or universities in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Aspire offers a high-quality education in six cities throughout California: Los Angeles, Oakland, Stockton, Sacramento, Modesto and East Palo Alto. Visit Aspire Public Schools at www.aspirepublicschools.org or call (901) 205-9443.

The Mid-South Fair is ‘Making Memories’ in 2012

Since its move from the old fairgrounds in Memphis to Southaven, MS, the Mid-South Fair kicks off its fourth consecutive year at the Landers Center. This year the fair will be held September 21- 30, 2012, with the theme “Making Memories.” Since the move to Southaven, traditional Mid-South fairgoers continue to attend the annual event. There is also a new group of attendees that we hope will create some new memories with their friends and family.

Mid-South Fair President Mike McGee says the organization is planning a great fair. “You can expect great entertainment, plenty of rides and wonderful food and fun,” said McGee. “Our 59th annual Youth Talent competition, which is the oldest amateur youth talent competition in the United States, only gets bigger and better. On the main stage, we are excited to showcase a lot of local talent this year.” Some other acts include motor cross racing and wrestling.

The Mid-South Fair will also continue its history of “giving back” to the community by supporting some very worthy causes in our community.” The Memphis Child Advocacy Center will receive brand new teddy bears and the Mid-South Food Bank will receive canned goods. Local area churches who participate in bringing a current weekly bulletin or offering envelope, with the church name and address, will receive $1 off a single adult admission. The Fair will then donate $1 back to their church youth program at the culmination of the fair.

Gates open weekdays at noon so you can take advantage of the “Come Have Lunch at the Fair” hours. Admission and parking will be free from noon – 2 p.m. Visit the website at www.midsouthfair.com for full details of hours, pricing and entertainment.

Some of the sponsors of this year’s Mid-South Fair include Epic Solutions, Captain D’s and The Commercial Appeal.

 

About The Mid-South Fair

The original and still the best, the Mid-South Fair has entertained families since 1856. As a non-profit organization, we exist to create a cultural and entertainment experience that exposes people in our community to items and events they might not otherwise encounter. The Fair is governed by a board of directors, operated by a full-time staff and funded by sponsorships and donations. Since 2001, the Fair has given out $64,000 in educational scholarships for excellence in Youth Talent, Creative Arts, and Agriculture.  For more information about the Mid-South Fair, visit our website at www.midsouthfair.com

ASPIRE PUBLIC SCHOOL KICKS-OFF LISTENING TOURS IN MEMPHIS AREA

In an effort to create awareness in the Memphis community about Aspire Public Schools-Memphis Region (APS), the organization will kick-off a series of Listening Tours to engage parents, guardians and community leadership in September and October.

“We are excited about the opportunity to enhance educational experiences in the city of Memphis,” said Nick Manning, Community Outreach & Partnerships Manager. “I want to say thank you for the support that we have received thus far. It is refreshing to live in a city that leads the nation in education reform. These listening tours will help us continue our mission of educating the community on what we stand for and how we are here to help.”

The entire Memphis community is invited to attend. Teachers, parents, guardians and students are urged to bring their questions and concerns.

Listening Tour Stops:

• Thursday, September 13th @ The Orange Mound Community Center
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
2572 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38114
• Thursday, September 20th @ The MAM Grizzlies Center
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M
2107 Ball Road, Memphis, TN 38114
• Thursday, September 27th @ Whitehaven Library
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M
4120 Millbranch Road, Memphis, TN 38116
• Thursday, October 11th @ The Ed Rice Community Center
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M
2907 North Watkins Street, Memphis, TN 38127
Aspire Public Schools was selected by the Achievement School District to transform 10 schools over the next five years.

About Aspire Public Schools
Aspire Public Schools is a nonprofit organization that currently operates 34 high-performing, open-enrollment public charter schools serving 12,600 students in underserved communities across California and will open schools in Memphis, TN in fall, 2013. Aspire is one of the highest-performing public school systems in California, delivering a rigorous ‘College for Certain’ education to students in grades K-12. An unrelenting focus on college preparedness led to 100 percent of graduating Aspire seniors being accepted to four year colleges or universities in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Aspire offers a high-quality education in six cities throughout California: Los Angeles, Oakland, Stockton, Sacramento, Modesto and East Palo Alto. Visit Aspire Public Schools at www.aspirepublicschools.org or call (901) 205-9443.