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As you may know, last year, my hometown in Oklahoma was hit by a F5 tornado. As a result, I partnered with The Westin Memphis Beale Street and RedRover Sales and Marketing. Together, we threw a fundraiser that raised over $34,000 for my hometown’s Moore Public Schools Tornado Relief Fund.

Last week, The Westin won an award for community service as a result of their giving. Below is an excerpt from the Memphis Daily News article. To read the entire article, click here.

When an F-5 tornado tore through Angela Copeland’s hometown of Moore, Okla., last year, she initially felt helpless.

Though the tornado had just missed her parents’ house, their neighborhood was hit hard. And every time Copeland went on Facebook there were friends from home posting pictures of the devastation that had come into their lives at 200 miles per hour.

The Moore Public Schools were especially hard hit, with 20 of the 35 properties sustaining damage. Copeland couldn’t even go home to her parents’ house because the National Guard had cordoned off the area to protect against looting.

Copeland, a career counselor who writes a column for The Daily News, decided she would try to do a fundraiser here in Memphis on her own. But then the Westin Memphis Beale Street and RedRover Co. got involved.

What began as a small idea for a barbecue turned into a significant fundraiser that raised more than $34,000 – all of the money going directly to Moore Public Schools Tornado Relief Fund.

To read the entire Memphis Daily News article, click here.

Author: Angela Copeland

Angela Copeland is Founder and Coach for Copeland Coaching, a great way to jump start your job search. Follow her on Twitter @CopelandCoach for tips on finding the perfect job for you.

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