Engaging Family

family engagement

Family connectivity to the mission of the foundation is highly important as the foundation grows its impact in the city of Memphis. 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. 

Dr. Bill West is a leading physician in the area of cancer research, treatment and support and he is the founder of the West Clinic.  He is also embarking on another new ambitious endeavor to build the UT West Institute for Cancer Research.  The family celebrated the grand opening of the West Cancer Center, a state of the art facility created to manage adult care for cancer. 

Betty and Jack Moore made a significant gift in honor of Dr. Bill West's mother who lost her fight to cancer and their gift has named the Margaret West Comprehensive Breast Center.

Spence and Becky Wilson made the lead gift in the new Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children's Hospital.

Becky Webb Wilson is the founder of the Bridge Builders program, the signature program of BRIDGES, providing leadership development, diversity awareness and community action training for students in grades 7-12th.

Allison Wilson is the founder of Wilson Animal Rescue, focused on saving dogs in shelters from euthanasia by placing in foster homes until a permanent home can be found.  Both Lee and Eliot and Lauren and Tommy have created a permanent home for their rescue dogs.  You should too!

Lauren and Tommy Young opened Sweet LaLa's Bakery as a social entrepreneurship company designed to employ at risk youth.  They employ the students and graduates of JIFF and bake out of the JIFF facility.  Orders are taken online at www.sweetlalas.com

Do not be afraid to take a chance. Remember a broken watch is exactly right at least twice a day.
Kemmons Wilson