The Foundation actively seeks ways to engage family members in philanthropy and wants to build on the legacy of giving that Kemmons and Dorothy began. All five of Kemmons and Dorothy’s children and spouses have lived out the values of philanthropic engagement and many, along with their spouses, have been visionaries in the community through non-profit leadership.
Family Engagement Spotlights 2018
THE LAUNCH OF THE MIGHTY LIGHTS
Memphis Bridge Lighting, inc. was established is 2016 to oversee the development, design, installation, and ongoing programing of the LED lights on the Harahan Bridge's Big River Crossing and Hernando De Soto Bridge. Webb Wilson and fellow Board of Directors, Todd Richardson;Lauren Kennedy; George Monger; and Terrance Patterson spearheaded this globally acclaimed initiative to re-invigorate Memphis's Riverfront. The "M" bridge will not only reflect Memphis's robust gateway, but also the City's perpetuation as a worldwide tourism attraction and constant source for local civic pride. The public reveal took place on Saturday, October 27th, 2018 in conjuction with the annual River Arts Fest.
BRIDGE BUILDERS CELEBRATES 30th ANNIVERSARY WITH ALUMNI AWARDS
Bridge Builders, a youth leadership program in the Shelby County public, private, and parochial schools honored outstanding Alumni from the last 3 decades in November, 2018. Becky Wilson founded the program in 1988 in an effort to bridge individual, social, economic and cultural differences among Memphis youth. Today, 20,000 alumni have demonstrated through their work and leadership, the value of and need for diverse and equitable opportunities.