CYCA end-of-year financial reports

Highlights from 2012:

Membership Drive – Great discounts to local businesses make it smart to support the CYCA, so join early because the membership sponsor list continues to grow.

Building Tenants – The CYCA office has two bays it does not use. For additional income to help pay the mortgage, these are rented out. Charmed, a consignment clothing store, is celebrating its second year. The other bay is recently vacant and will have a new renter soon.

Alley Survey Grant – This grant through the University of Memphis Strengthening Communities program was awarded to help the CYCA research residents’ perspectives on how the alleys impacted safety, aesthetics and other areas in the community, as well as resident views on how to make the alley upkeep more sustainable going forward and ideas for best use.

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. This year had a renewed focus on the local artists.

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

Art Showings – The CYCA held its second art show this past spring. Nick Canterucci showed his unique works and increased the attention of the office as a gallery space for local artists. We plan on having additional shows in 2012. 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 cleanups – At least four times a year the Beautification Committee organizes clean ups in the community to keep us looking good.

Code Awareness – We are proud to have a very strong relationship with the City of Memphis Code Enforcement department, and in particular the dedicated Inspector Troy Brown. After some departmental reorganization, we had a renewed focus on trouble properties in Cooper-Young and will continue to work with them to fight blight.

Murals – We hit an unexpected delay with the murals at McLean and Barksdale when we discovered that we were required to have the railroad’s approval to paint the underpass. After much red tape, we have received the green light from the City of Memphis and expect a green light from the railroad the first quarter of 2013. Artists Carl Moore and Michelle Reeves are still committed to the project and ready to get started.

CY Festival Friday 4 Miler and Festival booth – The 2012 running of the 4 Miler had almost 2,500 runners, an all-time record for us. As is tradition, neighbors competed to throw the most spirited Light the Way party along the race route. This year, we featured a new party site at Midtown Auto Werks and invested in a Water Monster water tank for 2013 to ensure no runners go thirsty. The CYCA Festival booth sold posters and T-shirts celebrating the 25th anniversary of the festival, as well as history books, maps and koozies

Pop-Tab-Palooza – Residents 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 in October. Block captains helped organize parties and get info to our residents. We couldn’t have asked for better weather!

CY Regional Beerfest – This was the third annual Beerfest and we had an attendance of almost 800 people. Weather was amazing and new brewers from Kentucky and George joined the fun. This is 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 in January 2013. This is the time when the board looks back at the previous years and begins planning for the upcoming year. Thoughts and ideas from residents are encouraged. You may send them to

1212Income Chart


Events – Festival Friday 4 Miler, Art Auction, Beerfest, Festival booth, Alley Survey, CY history book sales, special donation from Frayser CDC

LampLighter – ad sales, email sponsorships, LampLighter Benefactors

Memberships and donations

Building – rent from the two commercial spaces

Programs/Projects – beautification, UOM grant

1212Expenses Chart


Events – Festival Friday 4 Miler, Art Auction, Beerfest, Festival booth, Alley Survey

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

Membership and donations – campaign supplies

Building – taxes, insurance, maintenance

Programs/Projects – Trestle Art, Neighborhood Night Out, Clean-ups

Community Director – part-time wages

Office – postage, supplies


2012 TOTAL INCOME – $182,919.08*

65% Events – $118,238.89

10% LampLighter – $18,145.57

8% Membership/Donations – $14,304.27

8% Building – $14,267.69

10% Other (Including mural donations) – $17,962.65


2012 TOTAL EXPENSES – $130,188.43*

37% Events – $28,237.87

20% LampLighter – $26,337.12

22% Building – $28,237.87

15% Community Director – $17,500

9% Other – $11,638.85


*Totals as of 11/14/2012


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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