CY Festival bring Memphis together

By Tamara Cook

The Cooper-Young Festival is a place where everyone feels comfortable. People from all over the city come to the Festival to celebrate together for one day, and the barriers that separate us go away. Those are some of the comments I heard during television interviews and videos from our recent Cooper-Young Festival on Saturday, September 17.

I have also received emails, phone calls, and Facebook messages from people all over the city, county, and beyond in praise of our Cooper-Young Festival. Everyone wonders how we pull off such a wonderful, safe, entertaining day year after year. People from all walks of life tell me they enjoy coming to the Festival more than any other event that Memphis has to offer.

This event is truly like none other in Memphis. It takes all of us to pull this off, and for that, I am grateful to the business community, the residential neighborhood, and the property owners. There are some specific people that really offered their help this year that I would like to thank. Please let me begin with the folks that are the backbone of the Festival that work on this event year-round to make it successful. They are Bill Stemmler, Stephen Crump, Chuck Parr, Ken Whitehead, Charlie Ryan, Lizi Beard-Ward, and Cameron Mann.

And now everyone else from the Cooper-Young area that helped put on the largest single day event in Memphis. Thank you so much for what you offered – however big or small.

Richard Sullivan – Comm-Trans Sully Corporation

Bill Malone – Crye-Leike Realtors

Ryan Trimm – Sweet Grass

Bret James – Decade Properties

Dale Johnson – Signworks

Nick Mitchell – Fortunes by Stephanie

Barb Elder and the Lamplighter staff

Kristan Huntley – Cooper-Young Community Association

DJ Naylor – Celtic Crossing

Reggie Frazier – Café Ole

Bobby Cook – Albert Cook Plumbing

Jim and Nancy Pettit – Memphis Drum Shop

David Bratton and Connie Buchanan – Bratton Construction

Eric Babb and Joey Price – Wilson-Babb Upholstery

Julia Hicks – First Congregational Church

Glen Melton and Mark Heath – Melton and Heath CPAs

Ray Todd, Jamie, and staff – High Electric

Jason Doty – The Sweet Life Bakery

Tom Knowles – Memphis Art Academy

David Cleveland – Cortona

Kevin Dean – Literacy Mid-South

David Smith – David Perry Smith Gallery

Theresa Clinton – Party Concepts

Bill Pritchard

Gene Hiteberger

Samantha Tate

And all those that are not in our neighborhood:

Billy Riley and staff – Combustion

Julie Terry and staff – Civitans

CeCe Palazola and students – Memphis College of Art

Victoria Parker, George Baldwin, and students – Visible Music College

Paul and Chris Averwater

Bumper Dunn

Lt. Chalmers and his Co-Act Officers

Officer Barbara Davis and her Reserve Team

I also wish to extend a special thank you to all of our sponsors for donating money and other items that help offset the cost of this huge event. Our 2011 sponsors were: A. S. Barbaro, Lenny’s Sub Shop, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis Grizzlies, Sam’s Town, CVS, Comcast Communications, Memphis Drum Shop, Bank of America, T-Mobile, Albert Cook Plumbing, Southland Park Gaming & Racing, Visible Music College, Salvation Army – Kroc Center, Summer Winds Resorts, TCBY, Signworks, Vonage, Entercom Radio – FM100, WRVR 104.5, ESPN 92.9, WKQK 94.1, Toof Commercial Printing, Methodist Healthcare, EMHC, Delta Ice Services, Zebra Marketing, and ProShow Systems Memphis.

Please mark your calendar, September 15, 2012, for our 25th anniversary Festival! See you then!

Author: Staff

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