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Memphis Mayor and United Way CEO Race with Distorted Vision Goggles to Help More People Escape Poverty

Mayor Jim Strickland will race United Way President & CEO Rev. Kenneth S. Robinson on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

MEMPHIS, TN – On Wednesday, October 18th, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and United Way of the Mid-South President and CEO Rev. Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D. will compete in a race in conjunction with City of Memphis employees’ United Way campaign.

Rev. Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D.

Mayor Jim Strickland

Mayor Strickland and Rev. Robinson will race golf carts – which should be funny, but there’s an added challenge that may make the contest more hilarious: each will wear “distorted vision” goggles!

The loser will give the funds raised by his organization to the other’s 2017 United Way resource development drive, so either way, our community wins. The race begins at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main Street, Memphis, TN.

The City’s campaign theme is “Driving The Dream,” in support of United Way’s new, groundbreaking initiative of the same name. Driving The Dream is a system-of-care network with shared data, strategies, and resources amongst a host of organizations, agencies, and services. The goal is to collaboratively support people living in poverty as they “drive” themselves toward a better quality of life and self-sufficiency, assisting people who are tackling the multiple stressors and challenges that arise and keep a person in poverty.

City of Memphis employees have a long history of generous support for United Way. Last year, city employees raised over $230,000 for United Way’s Community Impact Fund, which supports local nonprofit programs providing lasting, collaborative solutions for people living in poverty and ensures they have more opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency through stronger education, financial stability, and health.

Media contacts: 
Lori Spicer Robertson, United Way’s Chief Communications and Engagement Officer
lori.robertson@uwmidsouth.org    901-433-4317
Dave Skorupa, United Way’s Director of Communications
dave.skorupa@uwmidsouth.org    901-433-4380

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