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.
Thank you to Sean Parker and Local 24 for a second amazing story today! Sean did an update on the Memphis To Moore fundraiser, and my hometown of Moore, Oklahoma.
Last May, Moore was hit by an EF5 tornado that was more than 1 mile wide. It caused damage to more than 1,400 homes and 20 of the 35 Moore Public Schools buildings.
As a former student from Moore Public Schools, I felt compelled to partner up with The Westin Memphis Beale Street, and RedRover Sales & Marketing to host a fundraiser for 200 Memphians to raise funds for the schools.
We raised over $34,000 in donations, including gym equipment for my junior high school, Highland East. The equipment was donated by Karen Wilder Fitness and shipped by Big League Movers (who donated 100% of their shipping services!!). Cash raised was donated to the Moore Public Schools Tornado Relief Fund to cover the needs of teachers and students impacted by the tornado.
In all, there was $55M in total damage to the school system. The three most badly damaged properties, Plaza Towers Elementary, Briarwood Elementary, and High East Junior High, are all still under construction. Most other school properties have been repaired, and students are back in school.
For those who have asked about my parents street, one home was beyond repair and was rebuilt completely. Two others were badly damaged and are almost completed. Other repairs are complete.
Thank you to everyone who donated their time, money, and energy for the fundraiser. I appreciate all of your help and support! Moore teachers, students, and residents send their thank yous to everyone in Memphis.
Thank you to Sean Parker, and Local 24 for a great story today about South Main Recycles! In addition to my career coaching practice, I volunteer my time for a few causes I’m passionate about. One is recycling.
My neighborhood in Downtown Memphis lost its recycling bins last year after our grant funded by the Office of Sustainability ran out. That’s when myself and two of my neighbors, Bob Lundy and Sharon Leicham, decided to do something.
A visit to single stream recycling facility ReCommunity and a few phone calls later, we found that adding recycling back into the neighborhood was just $100 per month for everyone. We started an online campaign to accept donations from other neighbors. We were able to raise over $1,200 from donations as small as $5 and as large as $100. Then, the Downtown Memphis Commission generously matched what we raised!
Recycling is back. If you’d like to use the single stream bins, they’re located next to the Memphis Farmers’ Market at G.E. Patterson and Tennessee Street. If you’d like to learn more, or to donate, visit Facebook.com/SouthMainRecycles.