The "Spark" Highlights Mid-South Food Bank's Mission
June 11, 2014
June 9, 2014-
“The Spark” on WKNO-TV Explores AutoZone’s Reinvestment in Memphis
In this month’s episode of the
monthly series The Spark, premiering
Thursday, June 19, at 9 p.m., host Jeremy Park meets with AutoZone to discuss some of the philanthropic and cultural
advancements they have been involved with in the city. The Spark, a
co-production of WKNO with Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club (LPBC) and Media
Source, airs the third Thursday of each month on WKNO/Channel 10.
The Spark is a monthly 30-minute series about business and
community leaders who are fueling change by giving back to the Mid-South. Each
month we showcase several of these hometown heroes who are affecting change and
leading by example.
Major funding is provided by Lipscomb & Pitts
Insurance, Data Facts, and State Systems, Inc., with additional funding from Baptist
Memorial Health Care and Christian Brothers University.
This month, host
Jeremy Park sits down with Jenny Koltnow, Director of Communications, Community
Relations & Customer Satisfaction for AutoZone; Ned Canty, General Director
of Opera Memphis; and Estella Mayhue-Greer, President and CEO of Mid-South Food
Bank, to discuss how corporations, like AutoZone, have partnered with local
organizations to develop and promote social and cultural initiatives across the
Koltnow provides insight on AutoZone’s
history and corporate culture, and how their 75,000 employees fully embrace
their motto of “What It Takes To Get The Job Done Right,” or “WITTGTJDR.”
1979, AutoZone has made serving their customers and the community a top
priority. For 35 years, AutoZone has been committed to providing the best
parts, prices, and customer service in the automotive industry.
The company is
the leading retailer of automotive parts in the nation. From engaging
philanthropically and striving for customer satisfaction, to focusing their
efforts on being a force for good and developing our city, AutoZone has
partnered with several non-profits and organizations to advance Memphis both
socially and culturally.
Ned Canty shares the details of Opera Memphis,
a premier opera company in the Mid-South region. The company was established in
1956 to produce operas that entertain, educate, and inspire people across our
community. Their productions have attracted thousands of local patrons, along
with opera lovers from St. Louis, Atlanta, New York, and elsewhere. Canty
highlights Opera Memphis’s signature event, “30 Days of Opera,” which features
over 100 free performances and will take place in September of this year.
has also incorporated Soul and Rock & Roll music into Opera Memphis’s
productions, and has adapted these shows to appeal to modern audiences.
Estella Mayhue-Greer discusses the efforts of Mid-South Food
Bank and their role in reducing food insecurity in the Mid-South. As a
Feeding America partner, Mid-South Food Bank delivers over 14 million pounds of
food to residents in 31 counties across our community each year.
Hope and Mobile Pantry programs focus on delivering healthy foods to those in
need, and are moving families from hungry to healthy. According to Greer, over
417,000 individuals do not know where their next meal will come from, and a
majority of these individuals are children. The Mid-South Food Bank is focusing
on children and, in partnership with MIFA, is also providing specialized
programs to senior citizens in need. Greer also highlights how they are the
first responders in times of crisis to provide healthy meals and other disaster
relief programs to our community.
The Spark airs Thursday, June 19, at 9 p.m. and
repeats at 2:00 a.m. on WKNO/Channel 10. It also airs Saturday, June 21, at 2:30
p.m. and Sunday, June 22, at 10 a.m. on WKNO. It will repeat the
Saturday, June 21, at 3:30 p.m.
on WKNO2, available over the air on Channel 10.2 and on Comcast Cable Channel
About The Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club
The Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club
is a privately-funded catalyst for the Mid-South, serving to enrich business
leaders and impact the community. The organization hosts over 100 events each
year, including a Signature Breakfast Series that brings together 400 business
and community leaders who shape the Mid-South.
About Media Source
Source is a full-service corporate and broadcast television production firm
based in Memphis, and was founded by Joe Incardona after his career as an
award-winning on-air reporter for KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City and WREG-TV in
company also provides local and national media monitoring services to a host of
corporate and non-profit organizations nationwide.
its television production credits, Media Source has produced broadcast material
for ABC News, PBS, CBS “60 Minutes,” CNN, CNBC, TV One, and national TV
networks in Germany, Austria, Japan, and France. In addition, the firm has
produced local broadcast TV shows and segments for Memphis Light, Gas, and
Water, and Methodist Healthcare.
Corporate television clients have included Baptist Memorial Health Care,
Hilton Worldwide, Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, Power & Tel, C Spire
Wireless, and the City of Memphis.
WKNO is a non-profit, private
foundation serving the Mid-South for more than 57 years. An important community
resource, WKNO uses the power of non-commercial public broadcasting to provide
the Mid-South with quality educational and cultural programs that inform,
entertain, and inspire.
For more information, visit www.wkno.org
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