Letter from the President:Another successful art auction

A more relaxed June, wielding a knife, sticky with cheesecake

Another Art Auction has come and gone, and boy am I relieved that it was a huge success! After reluctantly taking over the auction committee this year, I was overjoyed at the longtime volunteers’ willingness to step up and make this a record-breaking year. Generous donations from some of our local businesses who were passionate about our solar project helped us raise more than $16,000 for beautification. That is unbelievable to me that we surpassed our goal in the current economy, just unbelievable.

After seeing a couple photos of me at the auction with a classic “deer in the headlights” look on my face, I realized how different it is to actually run and supervise an event rather than work a specific volunteer shift. I longed for my simpler, yearly duties of setting up the dessert table that somehow always left remnants of cheesecake in my hair. Instead, I found myself in a constant state of alert — scanning the crowd for distressed faces (“Why does that artist look upset?”), helping out when needed (“Where is all the damn Scotch tape!?!”), and trying to monitor how the live auction was going (“Did Ric just say ‘testicles’ on stage?”) — wondering who I could “June” into running this thing next year.

So how can YOU make a difference in your community? This past year, we have seen some turnover on the CYCA Board of Directors, as dedicated volunteers wrap up or hand off projects and move on to different endeavors. This means that it’s time, once again, for some new blood to come in and help us make Cooper-Young a better place to live, work, worship and play. I promise you won’t ever be bored. Come on … I double-dog-dare you.

–          June Hurt

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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