Women’s Foundation “Legends” on Display at FedExForum Starting January 25

Posted by JD Graffam on January 25, 2010

On January 25, the Grizzlies take on Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. But they’ll also be hosting some real legends of Memphis.

Starting that Monday, the 2009 Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis’ Legends Awards artwork will be on display on the Plaza Level of FedExForum. 

In its first year, the Women’s Foundation honored Memphis women Minerva Johnican, Susan Sanford, Maxine A. Smith, Happy Jones and Jeanne Varnell and recently retired Grizzlies Academy principal, Dr. Jane Walters. Guests to FedExForum will see how the spirit and life’s work of each woman are captured in the artwork of accomplished local artists. Using various media, the art personifies their accomplishments in service, education, advocacy and civil rights.

“These women are extraordinary, and they’ve been role models and mentors to countless women and men in Memphis.  We’re especially excited to showcase the tribute to Dr. Jane Walters, who was the principal of Grizzlies Academy for seven years and someone to whom we owe tremendous gratitude,” says Jenny Koltnow, Grizzlies Foundation Executive Director.

The Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis created the Legends Award in 2009 to pay tribute to women whose visionary and innovative work is paramount in their specialized areas of outreach.  For each woman honored, an original work of art is created to symbolize her success and leadership.

The traveling exhibit has been recently displayed at First Tennessee’s Downtown Memphis headquarters and the National Civil Rights Museum. In March 2010, it will move to FedEx Headquarters.

The deadline for 2010 Legends Award nominations is January, 29, 2010.
Make your nominations today at www.wfgm.org. Each work of art will be unveiled at the Legends Award Reception on April, 20, 2010 and the Annual Tribute Luncheon on April 29, 2010.

Since 1995 the Women’s Foundation has successfully awarded over $4.7 million to 296 programs in core grant-making, advocacy and research.  The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) is a 501© (3) non-profit organization founded in 1995.  WFGM’s mission is to encourage philanthropy and foster leadership among women and support for programs that enable women and children reach their full potential.


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