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Angela on Local 24 Memphis: Memphis To Moore Update

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.

Read Sean’s entire story here.

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Angela on Local 24 Memphis: South Main Recycles

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.

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