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A heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone who supported our Celebration Luncheon!

Nearly 600 guests packed the Pipkin Building to celebrate our girl and women honorees, break bread under our “big top” and raise funds to help us continue in our mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Our packed house raised more than $26,000 during our luncheon’s Strong, Smart and Bold investment challenge—a record-breaking total that will provide scholarships for 52 families for whom program fees are just out of reach.

This year’s Strong, Smart and Bold Award winners personify the Girls. Inc. mission, and their inspirational words personified how and why these women serve as examples of the strong, smart and bold women Girls Inc. girls strive to be.

Brooke Jones of FedEx, the Strong Award winner, encouraged us to honor our strength by acknowledging how we each successfully overcome challenges we face each day with inner strength and character. Smart Award winner Patricia C. Howard recently retired from her 50 years with Girls Inc. She reminded our girls that they are capable of attaining their dreams through hard work, determination, and taking advantage of opportunities before them. Author and philanthropist, Becky Wilson, the Bold Award winner, motivated us to take risks and boldly make a difference in our community by giving back in a meaningful way—values that Girls Inc. girls both learn and benefit from every day.     

In addition to our donors and honorees, our full hearts are owed to more than 60 volunteers, including corporate groups from Cummins, First Tennessee, International Paper, Medtronic, and Mass Mutual. Our full bellies are grateful to Central BBQ who provided our delicious lunch and Café Society who provided the sweet treat of cookies. 

Because of all of you—sponsors, volunteers, supports, and friends—we continue to expand our ability to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. There’s still an opportunity to make a greater impact on Memphis girls. Make a gift that’s meaningful to you now.


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Empowering girls and a new generation of women leaders is the global civil rights issue of our time. It takes a village to unlock a girl’s tomorrow in today’s world. Girls Inc. is one of the critical keys to opening that door for thousands of Memphis girls. I am a proud supporter because I believe that it is men who have to step up when it comes to the current plight and future hopes of all the girls within our reach. - Rabbi Micah Greenstein
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