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Short news items of interest from around the community Monthly ‘HealthWalk’ to aid survivors of domestic violence

Oak Court Mall is joining the YWCA of Greater Memphis, Citadel Broadcasting, and the Nursing Staff of Methodist-South Hospital to launch a monthly gathering of domestic violence survivors this Saturday (March 12) from 10 a.m. to noon at Oak Court.

The “Taffi 2-K HealthWalk” is named in honor of Taffi T. Crawford, the nurse and mother who was killed last February on the parking lot of the Delta Medical Center, in a domestic violence incident.

Supporters, advocates, victims and survivors are invited to Oak Court Mall for the HealthWalk, educational literature, fellowship, and to create a new “sisterhood of survivors”.  This first monthly gathering is part of a year-long public education and advocacy Campaign – the MIADA Initiative – designed by The 110 Institute, a Memphis-based consulting firm specializing in public education and assistance to single Mothers.

MIADA joins the Memphis Radio Group, the Oak Court Mall staff, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and all organizations seeking to end the cycle of violence in homes, schools, and in personal relationships.  The initiative is supported by local Physicians Drs. Todd & Ann-Marie Motley, and by the Taffi T. Crawford Domestic Violence Foundation.

Participants are asked to bring donations of personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and other gifts to strengthen the YWCA Abused Women’s Shelter. All proceeds, donations, and in-kind support will directly benefit local shelters in Shelby County, and the 2011 MIADA Public Education Campaign. The initiative will raise awareness of the signs and consequences associated with domestic violence, and also targets chronic abusers.

(For more information, call 901-336-2399, or the YWCA and their Abused Women’s Program at 323-2211.)

‘Coronation Tea’

On Sunday, March 20, the Tiara Tea Society and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton will crown Ceniyah Dotson as its eighth princess. The tea will be held at Le Pavillon at 1052 Brookfield Rd. from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The keynote speaker will be Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder.

The Tiara Tea Society, founded in 2006, is a non-profit organization that recognizes and honors girls in dire situations. Dotson, this year’s princess, is a native Memphian. She was only a few months old when she was seriously wounded during a violent crime in March 2008. She is now three years old.

For members, admission is $77, with $50 of that going toward dues. For guests, admission is $47, which includes a $20 donation directly to Ceniyah. A larger donation can also be made at each level. Children’s admission is $18.

Call 377-6065 or 210-3515 to reserve seating. To make a donation for Ceniyah, make checks out to the Tiara Tea Society and mail to P.O. Box 341841, Bartlett, TN, 38184. The Tiara Tea Society will also be recognizing a new Grande Dame to the Circle this year: Carol Prentiss.

(For more information, visit www.tiarateasociety.com.)

North Memphis residents Set community clean up

On Saturday, March 19, members of the greater Memphis community are invited to unite for a day of service. Participants will meet in the parking lot of Kipp Diamond Academy located at 230 Henry Ave. to take part in a community clean up.

 From 8 a.m. to noon, volunteers and members of North Memphis Community Development Corporation (NMCDC ) will collect debris, rake grass, pick up trash and pull weeds. Volunteers will break off into groups led by community members Andrea Barlow, Andrea Curry and Cornelius Sanders.

The clean-up is part of NMCDC’s mission to change the face of the North Memphis Community and to “Build a better place to live, work, and play.”

The location was chosen as part of an ongoing effort to beautify the area.  “Several vacant lots have fallen into disarray. We are working to change that image,” said Sanders, executive director.

Joining NMCDC will be “The Young and Empowered,” a group of socially minded high school and middle school students led by Barlow.

“Participating in the last clean up was a really fulfilling experience because it allowed me to help out the Memphis community. I think that having a clean area allows people to take pride in their community,” said past participant and University of Memphis student Chauncey Lowery.

(To get involved, contact Andrea Curry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 901-907-0035.)

Dance Works ‘Gives the Gift of Dance’

On Thursday April 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper Ave., Dance Works’ Board of Directors will host its fifth Fundraiser/Silent Auction and Reception.  

The guest speaker is Natalie Catchings, principal at Idlewild Elementary School.   Dance Works students perform at 6:15 pm. Tony Thomas will accompany dancers and serve as musical entertainment at the reception.

Admission  $15. For more information and tickets: 901- 452-8811.

BRIEFLY: The Lupus Foundation of America-Memphis Area Chapter, Inc. will host a Patient Education and Support Meeting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday (March 13). The meeting, featuring representatives from BrightStar Care, will be held in Classroom D at the Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, 6225 Humphreys Blvd. For information, call 458-5302.


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