Thursday, June 20, 2013

Memphis To Moore results in the Memphis Business Journal

Big thanks to the Memphis Business Journal for highlighting the results of the Memphis To Moore fundraiser.  Click here to read the entire article.

Memphis to Moore fundraiser pulls in cash for tornado victims
By Michael Sheffield 

The Memphis to Moore fundraiser that was held June 14 raised $34,000, more than doubling the goal of $15,000 organizers set when they put the event together.

Memphis to Moore was organized through a collaboration between Angela Copeland, who grew up in Moore, but lives in Memphis, The Westin Beale Street Memphis, which hosted the event and Red Rover Sales & Marketing.

The Westin donated food, drinks and parking, and the event sold 200 tickets, with all of the money raised from ticket sales going to the Moore Public Schools District’s tornado relief fund. Local businesses also provided items for a silent auction and sponsorships. The district, which is the third largest in Oklahoma with 23,000 students, saw 20 of its 36 public schools destroyed when a tornado hit the area in May.

In addition to the money raised from the fundraiser, Karen Wilder, a local fitness coach donated $18,000 worth of gym equipment to Highland East Junior High. The school’s gym was completely destroyed. However, the event’s organizers are looking for shipping and delivery assistance to move the equipment.

“The spirit of giving in Memphis is nothing short of extraordinary,” Lori Turner-Wilson, CEO of RedRover, said in a statement. “With the help of countless residents from across the city, a mere 17 days from when Angela Copeland conceptualized the idea, the Westin Memphis ballroom filled with supporters rallying for the teachers and kids of Moore. It reminded us all just exactly why we love our city.”

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