Dare to Dream Executive Committee: R. Scott Barber – Chairman Calvin Anderson The Belz Family Dave Ferraro Kathy and J.W. Gibson Ursula Madden Diane Terrell Dare to Dream Honorary Host Committee: Ashley Cash Darrell & Mikki Cobbins Erika & Damon Conley Cynthia Daniels Kayla Rodriguez & Kevin Graff Kontji Anthony & Patrick Hendricks Michael Hooks, Jr. Lee Rankin Hopson Danielle Inez Megan & Corey Klein Afshan Latif Tarrin McGhee Cardell & Nefertiti Orrin Terence Patterson Claire Rossie Tami Sawyer Athena Turner Joy Turner Tekedra Terry & Andre Gibson Monica & Andre Wharton Jamal & Carlisha Whitlow Russ Wigginton Dare to Dream Sponsors: Phillip Ashley Chocolatier Crews Family Foundation John & Leslie Daniel Memphis In May International Festival Picture Pod
Last night’s Dare to Dream event was a wonderful success, with roughly 550 people joining United Way for an evening that relaunches the organization in the battle against Mid-South poverty. The Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis ballroom was transformed into a more relaxed yet upscale atmosphere with illuminated towers conveying the impact of people’s support for United Way. One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the first-ever United Way Impact Award to the Belz family by R. Scott Barber (Chairman of the event and Regional President of Caesar’s Entertainment) and Dr. Kenneth S. Robinson, President and CEO of United Way. Dr. Robinson said the Belz family has provided strong support of United Way for generations, and cited their involvement as leadership and Tocqueville donors, working as hands-on volunteers, serving on United Way Boards of Directors, and engaging their family business and its employees with United Way to make the Mid-South an even better place to live and work. Ron Belz received the award on behalf of the family. Dr. Robinson called the attendees together to dare to dream of a Mid-South region where individuals and sectors are working together with United Way, making an incredible impact on the lives of people living in generational poverty. We’ll have more photos and information on Dare to Dream via our social media platforms on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram in the days to come. We thank everyone who helped make Dare to Dream a success. Please see the listing of Executive Committee members, Host Committee members, and sponsors at the end of this post. PHOTOPOD FUN! Dare to Dream guests enjoyed the fun and silliness of the Photopod, and we have some pictures from the event site!