March 2017
33rd Women of Achievement Awards reception to salute National Women's History Month

Eight local women will be celebrated on March 26 for change-making leadership across
Memphis and Shelby County.

Front row from left: Springfield-Collins, Anderson, O'Grady.
Back row from left: Negrette, Moore, Terrell, Lewis.

The Women of Achievement honorees for 2017 are:

Rev. Lisa Anderson, Room at the Inn
Ines Negrette, Casa Luz
Rebecca Terrell, CHOICES
Mary Magdalene Solari, artist and teacher
Kamekio Lewis, domestic violence survivor
and writer
Joyce Springfield-Collins, civic leader
Ruby O'Gray and Karen Moore, Women's Theatre Festival Memphis

The celebration will be at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis with a 2 p.m. tea party 
reception and 3 p.m. awards.

Co-hosts are Adrienne Bailey, retired CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Emily Ballew Neff, 
director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

Celebrate women who broke barriers for female artists, who stage a festival showcasing women 
in theater, who fight for reproductive rights, who speak out about surviving violence, who house the homeless, who create services for Latina victims of partner violence and whose ongoing leadership sustains women's organizations. 

Nominations for awards come from across the community. Since the first celebration in 1985,
232 individual women plus the Yellow Fever martyrs and local suffragists have been honored at events
that draw up to 500 people. A three-volume book series captures the biographical essays 
and photographs of the WA honorees.

Deadline for reservations is March 19.
Make reservations for $35 or tables of 10 for $350.

A $60 donation includes a reservation for this event, membership for WA for 2018 and inclusion in selection of 2018 honorees and other WA gatherings. 

For credit card orders  use PayPal at or make checks payable to Women of Achievement at 2574 Sam Cooper Blvd., Memphis, TN 38112. 
For more information, call 
or email
Memphis Says NO MORE
Grizzlies Game Night April 9

Get your tickets now for Memphis Says NO MORE game night with the Memphis Grizzlies on April 9.

Be there for special events and giveaways -- and to see campaign videos on the huge screen -- as
the Grizzlies play the Detroit Pistons in the FedEx Forum.

Find the Memphis Says NO MORE exhibit and get free sets of the four powerful posters featuring Grizzlies players Tony Allen, Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, and Zach Randolph.  

We continue to be very grateful for the participation and support of our NBA team.

To get sets of posters and resource cards for your office, school or business, contact Deborah Clubb at or phone 
901-378-3866. We especially hope to reach middle and high school youth but want to share these messages all across our community.  

Candlelight vigil April 7;
5K against SA April 15  

Shelby County Rape Crisis Center (RCC) hosts a Candlelight Vigil on April 7 at 6 p.m. at
Peabody Park, 712 Tanglewood Street, near the Cooper-Young District.

Rape Crisis Center leaders invite all to set this time aside to collectively focus upon the societal problem of sexual violence and the ways in which we can work together to end this violence and seek justice for victims. Candles will be provided. 

On April 15, the Memphis & Shelby County Domestic & Sexual Violence Council hosts the 2nd annual 5K Race Against Sexual Violence at Shelby Farms at 9 a.m. Register at

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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In T his Issue

33rd Women of Achievement Awards Reception March 26 

Grizzlies Say NO MORE 
April 9

Candlelight Vigil April 7

DV 5K April 15

National NO MORE Week  March 5-11

Employer Training on DV
May 11 

About MAWC
You Can Support 
Memphis Says NO MORE

March 5 to 11 is Memphis Says NO MORE Week, proclaimed by
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland to coincide with the National NO MORE Week. 

Read proclamation here.

The week offers several ways to join the campaign to end domestic violence and sexual assault:
--Donate to Memphis Says NO MORE  here.

The  national NO MORE project and Verizon Wireless offer a fundraising challenge for organizations  with budgets less than $2.5 million.  The organization that raises the most between March 2 at 12pm ET and April 11 at 1:59 p.m. ET  will win a $40,000 donation to its cause. Second place will receive $20,000, third will win  $10,000, fourth will win $5,000, fifth will win $3,000 and sixth will win $2,000.

--Follow MSNM on Twitter @mem_saysnomore and like MSNM on Facebook as we
boost our social media outreach. Share info with your friends and circles.

--If you or anyone you know experienced sexual assault in the past and believes a rape kit
could be in the backlog now being tested, please contact the Memphis Police Department  at 545-2677. Some cases with DNA matches cannot proceed because investigators cannot locate victims/survivors. For emergency help with rape or any crime, always call 911. 

--Bring old cell phones to the Women's Council at 2574 Sam Cooper Blvd. - for Verizon's
HopeLine project.

HopeLine collects no-longe r-used wireless phones, batteries, chargers and accessories in any  condition from any service provider to benefit victims and survivors of domestic violence.

Wireless phones given to HopeLine are turned into valuable financial support for domestic violence awareness and prevention initiatives. 

--Watch for an announcement next week of a very special, creative gift to the Memphis  Says NO MORE campaign by some local men who want to help make change.

Be a part of Memphis Says NO MORE - changing attitudes, sharing help for survivors and
increasing bystander support.


Specialized training and awareness for employers -- "Violence at Home. Victims at Work" -- will be presented on May 11.  This two-hour training prepares supervisors, managers and business owners to recognize domestic violence among staff and workers; respond appropriately and with compassion and connect needy employees or colleagues to community resources.  

The Women's Council has provided this training to more than 300 employers - facilitated by Dr. Carol Danehower, associate professor of management, University of Memphis Fogelman School of Business, and Deborah Clubb, executive director, Memphis Area Women's Council.

Registration at 8:30 a.m.; session 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Fee $25. Location to be announced soon.   

About Memphis Area Women's Council
The Memphis Area Women's Council is a non-profit dedicated to advocacy to assure equity and opportunity for local women and girls. Our goal is strategic changes in policy, procedure, law and regulations that remove barriers, eliminate sexism and assure equal access.  

For more information or to donate go to
or contact Deborah Clubb at 
901-378-3866 or