The Association of Fundraising Professionals advances philanthropy through its nearly 30,000 members in more than 200 chapters globally. The Memphis chapter conducts regular meetings and workshops for its 160 members to share strategies and information.
The Crystal Awards are held on Philanthropy Day every year to recognize those who champion philanthropy through leadership, fundraising, and volunteering.
To learn more about AFP Memphis and the Crystal Awards, please visit afpmemphis.org.
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Jim Jaggers
In 2015, Jim Jaggers’ “Go Jim Go” fundraiser for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital raised $340,000. That’s a far cry from 2005, the first year of the event, which raised just a few thousand dollars. Now in its 11th year, “Go Jim Go” has raised more than $1.75 million in total.
Jaggers, a meteorologist since 1978 and seen nightly on WREG-TV, rides his bicycle from school to school across the region — more than 333 miles and 85 schools this past year — to help out with fundraisers, do morning announcements, and participate in talent shows and pep rallies.
In a nomination letter, Meri Armour, president and CEO of Le Bonheur, writes: “Jim is committed to our mission as much as anyone I know . . . He comes to Le Bonheur without any need or want of recognition to visit patients and families on a regular basis. I can recall several times when I’ve bumped into him in the halls of Le Bonheur as a patient visitor.”
Jaggers attended Michigan State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications with a minor in theater and journalism. He has a Master of Science from the University of Memphis in Geography concentrating in Atmospheric Sciences. He has been certified by the American Meteorological Society as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist.
When not on the air or pedaling from school to school, Jaggers spends time with his family, including three children and two grandchildren, and volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America.
Outstanding Young Philanthropist: Molly & Daniel Shumate
The Molly Shumate Scholarship, founded by Molly and Daniel Shumate in 2012, serves the Campbell Foundation Community Outreach programs, specifically an international elective within the orthopaedic residency program, which provides funding for medical residents to serve on a medical mission in impoverished countries. Residents are able to share the latest in orthopaedic surgery and care techniques with medical professionals in underserved regions, and the residents are also able to provide care and surgery for patients in those countries.
Through this program, Campbell orthopaedic residents are able to share their knowledge about best practices, and are able to train other surgeons in the techniques and methods that will ensure patients with orthopaedic injuries and conditions will be able to return to an active lifestyle with less pain.
To further support the scholarship, Molly and Daniel established Footprints in Motion, an annual auction and gala event which raises funds and awareness for the community outreach activities of the Campbell Foundation, both locally and across the globe. Last year’s Footprints in Motion Bourbon Derby event raised almost $150,000, and involved support from more than 30 local sponsors. Daniel serves as the chief financial officer at Campbell Clinic and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Alabama along with a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Molly holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Baptist College of Health Sciences and served as an RN until their 2-year-old son Patrick was born. The couple has been married for four years and are active members of Independent Presbyterian Church.
Outstanding Philanthropist: Mike and Marian Bruns
Mike and Marian Bruns have committed heavily to Memphis in many ways, but most obviously by committing heavily through the University of Memphis as members of the steering committee for the Empowering the Dream centennial campaign, which ended in 2003. The Bruns also established the $300,000 endowed Bruns Professorship in the School of Public Health to help attract and retain some of the brightest minds in the country with expertise in public health. Their charitable giving levels to the school total more than $750,000, and Mike served as executive-in-residence at the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute in 2010. The Brunses were recently recognized as Honorary Alumni by the University of Memphis.
Currently, Mike sits on the Board of Visitors for the University and is Chairman Emeritus of Youth Villages where he led the way for an expansion of programs beyond the Mid-South, and was previously chairman of the board for Church Health Center. The Brunses charitable interests extend to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ronald McDonald House Charities, West Cancer Center, the Assisi Foundation of Memphis, WKNO, and the Society of Entrepreneurs, among others.
Mike was born and raised in Chicago, graduated from the University of Illinois in 1973, and 10 years later founded Comtrak Logistics. Comtrak is a transportation company with numerous full-service terminals across the country that offer trucking services including full truckload, intermodal, depot, and logistics services. The company has received numerous industry and community recognitions including being named as one of the “Fastest Growing Private Companies” by Inc. 500. Comtrak was acquired by Hub Group, Inc., a $3 billion, publicly traded transportation company, in 2006, and Mike retired as president in 2010.
Outstanding Fundraising Executive: Diana Kelly
As manager of Institutional Development at the Medical Education and Research Institute (MERI), Diana Kelly has managed all aspects of business development, fundraising, and marketing for the past 10 years.
Kelly serves on the advisory committee of the Shelby County Emergency Management Office and is a member of the Urban Area Security Initiative, a government entity funded by Homeland Security. In her role at MERI, she was instrumental in the development of a nationally recognized disaster training program that resulted from her efforts in forming partnerships with local government first- response agencies and raising funds for paramedic and EMT training. She raised money to open the Simulation Center at MERI and successfully lobbied to have the Center designated a “Simulation Center of Excellence” by the Tennessee State Legislature and Governor Phil Bredesen.
Kelly started her career at Goldsmith’s (now Macy’s) in 1981. During her 25-year career in retail she served as a buyer, divisional manager, store manager, and ultimately as regional manager. She directed the ground-up construction and opening of the 185,000-square-foot Wolfchase store, was selected to be a member of the General Manager Council, earned the Leadership Award for the region, and chaired both the “Friends & Family” and the “Charity Day” marketing events.
Kelly has spent a lifetime volunteering. She is a member of the Le Bonheur Club and spends many Saturdays preparing the flowers for worship at Holy Apostles Episcopal Church. She is a graduate of Leadership Memphis and has held several board positions with AFP, serving as president in 2011.
Outstanding Foundation: Jay Uiberall Legacy Fund
The Jay Uiberall Legacy Fund (JULF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supplying over $75,000 annually in services to the restaurant and hospitality industry in Memphis. Uiberall was a leader in the Beale Street business community and co-owner of Automatic Slim’s, Alfred’s On Beale, Dyer’s, Ubee’s, and Catering for You. The fund was begun by his parents, Michael and Andie Uiberall.
Through support and partnership with several local industry and youth organizations, JULF supports causes near and dear to Uiberall’s heart, such as helping children, promoting Memphis and the downtown area, offering educational scholarships, and encouraging the values of mentoring and hard work.
JULF is funded through private and corporate donations. The annual golf tournament fundraiser “Play for Jay” at Mirimichi raised $67,000 in 2015, its fifth year. That year, JULF awarded $1,500 to the Harwood Center; $3,000 to the Jay Uiberall Scholarship at the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management; $5,000 to Serving Memphis for the continuation of free flu shots for restaurant employees; $20,000 to the Jay Uiberall Culinary Academy at Knowledge Quest, where area teens learn to grow and cook food as a trade; and $25,000 to the continuation and expansion of the Jay Uiberall Scholars Program at Reach Memphis, allowing students the opportunity to improve their communication skills.
Youth in Philanthropy Group: National Junior Honor Society at Woodland Presbyterian School
The Youth in Philanthropy Group award is presented to an outstanding middle school-, high school-, or college-age individual or group that has demonstrated outstanding service to the community through fundraising and/or volunteerism. The recipient serves as a leadership role model for other youth in Memphis, promoting philanthropy and encouraging community involvement among young people.
The group of students comprising the T. Carroll Smith Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society at Woodland Presbyterian School is 14 members strong. Yet even though its number may be small, the dedication to good work is enormous. The group organized a canned food drive to support the Woodland Food Bank, providing enough quality food to feed multiple families in their neighboring community for several months.
The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is the nation’s premier organization recognizing outstanding middle school students. The T. Carroll Smith Chapter recognizes students from Woodland Presbyterian who have demonstrated excellence in and commitment to the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship.
In order to promote the drive, the students wrote, directed, performed, and edited a commercial for the school. Once the drive was in full swing, they went to the classrooms to count cans and keep a tally of the number collected school-wide while encouraging each room to collect more than they had the previous year. By the end of the two-week drive, 5,600 cans had been collected, providing 14 weeks worth of food to feed 392 people. In all, the T. Carroll Smith Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society led Woodland Presbyterian to help provide one-fourth of the year’s food supply to the food bank.
Youth in Philanthropy: Patton Orr
Patton Orr founded TEDx Memphis, a program of local, self-organized events that brings people together to share a TED-like experience, as a senior at Memphis University School. Interest in the program was sparked by his older sister, who had previously worked on a TEDx organizing committee at the University of North Carolina. Orr started TED clubs at MUS and the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library to watch and discuss the talks online.
But there are great ideas coming out of Memphis as well and Orr soon saw the value in a local program. He asked Luke Jensen, an MUS alumni and associate with Cushman & Wakefield, to serve as a “loaned executive,” and the two partnered to obtain a TEDx license.
Orr worked to organize a volunteer team of more than 50 students, recruited adult helpers and 17 speakers, selected a venue, secured sponsorships, designed sets, and created an online ticket ordering system.
The inaugural TEDx Memphis was held at the University of Memphis in 2015 and hosted 1,000 attendees. Among those in attendance were Kimbal Musk, entrepreneur and philanthropist; Dr. Scott Morris, founder and CEO of Church Health; and Dr. Sarah Petschonek, founder and CEO of Volunteer Odyssey. The second-annual event was held this past August.
Orr graduated from MUS in May and attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain scholar.
Outstanding Corporation: Orion Federal Credit Union
Founded in 1957, Orion FCU has grown to become the largest credit union in West Tennessee, with almost 60,000 members and $650 million in assets. In addition to its financial acumen, Orion is a stalwart of the city through its Orion Gives Back program, and through encouraging employees to volunteer and engage in community service on company time.
“Orion is an example of what the corporate role model should be: Philanthropy coupled with commitment and service in the community,” says Anne Pitts, executive director of the Levitt Shell. “Orion leads a unique philanthropic campaign, providing a significant leadership gift, but also fostering an organizational dynamic that supports the enthusiastic participation of its employees and members in the community and in the organizations that are making a positive impact on Memphis and Shelby County.”
The Levitt Shell is just one of the organizations in town that has benefitted from the service-oriented mission of Orion. Others include the Memphis Library Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Boys & Girls Club, and Literacy Mid-South, among others.
The Orpheum Theatre says of Orion, “Orion Federal Credit Union has shown their deep commitment to the arts and our community by sponsoring the Orpheum’s Summer Classic Movie Series over the past five years. Their sponsorship insures that we can continue offering this historic series to our community with a low ticket price and focus on providing a unique experience with each movie.”
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