By Emily Bishop and Jason Word

Every December the Cooper-Young Community Association celebrates the holidays by throwing a party for the community to honor the volunteers who work hard all year. This year, the party will be held at The Stone Soup Café and Market (see the article on page ??) on Tuesday, December 13. Everyone is welcome to stop by, enjoy refreshments, and visit with your neighbors. Below are some highlights of the work that CYCA volunteers made happen in 2011.


Membership Drive – The benefits of CYCA membership just keep growing. Great discounts to local businesses make it smart to support the CYCA, so join early and start saving.

CYCA recovers from fire – The CYCA office building suffered from a fire in 2010 but celebrated the improvements after repairs with an office warming party in January 2011. The building is home to two businesses in addition to the community office; Charmed, a consignment clothing store, and soon to open Shoenistas, a women’s shoe store.

CERT training – Volunteers spent two Saturdays learning skills for when the next emergency happens. Preparing for the next wind storm, ice storm, earthquake, or unexpected emergency is more fun when you do it with your neighbors.

Smallest User competition – Cooper-Young and Evergreen competed to see who could lower their energy consumption the most. CY won the competition and both communities celebrated the fun rivalry at a party on February 1 at the Playhouse on the Square.

Pet Safety Week – On a Sunday afternoon in March pet owners gathered with their pets at the dog park to talk to experts on animal care, safety, health, and training and to meet new friends.

Art for Art’s Sake Auction – This annual event, hosted at Young Avenue Deli, celebrates the talents of our local artists and raises funds for the CYCA and the Trestle Art.

CY Community Yard Sale – Spring brings out the bargain hunters and those looking to make some extra cash. The neighborhood-wide, annual yard sale in May is always a big hit.

Parallel Lives The first art show was held in the CYCA offices in May and June. The work of Paula Kovarik and Jean Holmgren delighted everyone and transformed the office space into a gallery.

LampLighter All year long volunteers put in countless hours to produce and deliver the LampLighter to your doorstep and online for your enjoyment and information.

Neighborhood clean ups – At least 4 times a year the Beautification Committee organizes clean ups in the community to keep us looking good.

CY Festival Friday 4 Miler and Festival booth – The 20th running of the 4 Miler had over 2000 runners. Mayor Wharton started the race while neighbors competed to throw the most spirited Light the Way party along the race route. The CYCA Festival booth sold posters, t-shirts, history books, and more while welcoming visitors to CY for the busiest day of the year.

Pop-Tab-Palooza – CYers collected pop tabs for St Jude in a fun competition for a good cause.

Neighborhood Night Out – The CY community celebrated safety and had fun catching up with neighbors on October 11. Block captains helped organize parties and get info to our residents.

CY Regional Beerfest – The Beerfest in October doubled in size in just its second year. This event is now a much anticipated CY tradition.

Halloween safety and fun – Signs were posted to remind trick-or-treaters to be safe while having fun. Neighbors joined the festivities by decorating their yards in hope of winning the coveted Great Pumpkin Award.

St Jude Marathon Aid Station – We cheered on the runners and handed out water along with a warm CY welcome.

CY Holiday and Volunteer Thank You Party – The CYCA Board of Directors host this party for the entire community to honor the volunteers who work hard all year.

Holiday snack bags – Volunteers drop off homemade goods or pre-packaged snacks for the police and firefighters who work the night shift on Christmas Eve.



The CYCA Board of Directors will hold their annual retreat on January 21, 2012. This is the

time when the volunteer board looks back at what our organization has accomplished and

makes plans for our new goals.



Events – Festival Friday 4 Miler, Art Auction, Beerfest, Festival booth, Smallest User competition, CY history book sales

LampLighter – ad sales, email sponsorships, LampLighter Benefactors

Memberships and donations

Building – rent from the two commercial spaces

Programs/Projects – beautification, UOM grant



Events – Festival Friday 4 Miler, Art Auction, Beerfest, Festival booth, Smallest User competition

LampLighter – printing, management, production, online support/hosting

Membership and donations – campaign supplies

Building – taxes, insurance, maintenance

Programs/Projects – Trestle Art, Neighborhood Night Out

Community Director – part-time wages and benefits

Office – postage, supplies


2011 TOTAL INCOME – $137,172.35*


70% Events – 96,360.70

16% LampLighter – 21,928.00

6% Membership/Donations – 8,568.65

6% Building – 7,775.00

2% Programs/Projects – 2,540.00


2011 TOTAL EXPENSES – $103,179.09*


31% Events – 32,169.89

26% LampLighter – 26,507.63

0% Membership, donations – 119.99

24% Building – 24,577.83

3% Programs/Projects – 2,608.67

15% Community Director – 15,509.52

2% Office – 1,685.56


*Totals as of 11/16/2011


The mortgage balance is currently $103,335

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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