About The Dinner..
Join MTS Thursday, February 21, 2013, at the Memphis Hilton from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. to honor our outstanding award recipients.
The 2013 Award Recipients are:
Reginald W. Coopwood, M.D., President & CEO - President's Humanitarian Award
Mrs. Ruby Bright, Executive of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis - Distinguished Service Award
Rev. Marlon Foster- Outstanding African American Alumnus
Dr. Debra Matthews - Outstanding African American Alumna
Grammy award winning artist and MTS alumnus Kirk Whalum will serve as MC for the 25th Anniversary Dr. Henry Logan Starks Scholarship Dinner. Whalum was recently appointed CEO/President of the STAX Music Academy and the STAX Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis.
SEMINARY HONORS THE PAST WHILE LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Memphis Theological Seminary
168 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
For immediate release: December 14, 2011
Contact: Erika Conley, 901.334.5841, econley@MemphisSeminary.edu
Memphis, TN - Rose Flenorl, Manager of Social Responsibility at FedEx and Tony Dungy, former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts will serve as honorary co-chairs for Memphis Theological Seminary’s (MTS) 25th anniversary celebration of the Dr. Henry Logan Starks Scholarship Dinner and Awards Presentation on February 9, 2012, at the Memphis Hilton Hotel. Dungy will be the featured speaker for the evening.
Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein, Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel, will receive the President’s Humanitarian Award, and Dr. Jerre Freeman, founder of the World Cataract Foundation, will receive the Distinguished Service Award. Organizers also announced recipients of the Outstanding African American Alumni Awards: Dr. Inetta F. Rogers, president of Memphis Inter-Denominational Fellowship, Inc., and Dr. Travis Robinson, retired Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) pastor and USAF Chaplain. In celebration of the 25th anniversary, The Legacy Award will be presented for the first time to the Concerned Women of Memphis, a group who crossed racial and socio-economic lines to promote civil rights.
Over 800 guests including community leaders, past recipients, special guests, MTS students, faculty and staff are expected to attend the ceremony. Proceeds from this event help benefit the Dr. Henry Logan Starks Endowment fund, which provides scholarships for African American students pursuing theological education at MTS.
|Jerre M. Freeman, MD|
|Rabbi Micah Greenstein|
|Dr. Inetta F. Rogers|
|Dr. Travis Robinson|
The event honors the legacy of MTS’ first African American professor, Dr. Henry Logan Starks, and salutes individuals who embody his spirit and service. Dinner proceeds benefit the Henry Logan Starks Scholarship Endowment Fund, which provides scholarships for African American students at MTS.
About the Dr. Henry Logan Starks Distinguished Service Award:
The Distinguished Service Award is presented to an outstanding leader who is a role model and inspiration for others, an advocate for the oppressed and one who gives personal and sacrificial service to better the global community.
About the Presidents Humanitarian Award:
The President’s Humanitarian Award is presented to an ambassador of goodwill who, with faith and compassion, builds the community of God by breaking down barriers that separate us and improves the welfare of humankind.
About Outstanding African American Alumni Award:
This award is presented to an MTS graduate who has demonstrated a thirst for theological education, a passion for ministry, a commitment to community service and faithfulness of service in ministry on behalf of the impoverished and oppressed.
About the Legacy Award:
The Legacy Award recognizes and affirms a significant accomplishment by an individual or group, whose contributions continue to impact future generations in the areas of race relations and justice.
About Memphis Theological Seminary:
MTS is an ecumenical graduate school of religion that has been in existence in some form since 1852, originally established as a theological department of Bethel College in McKenzie, TN. A strategic relocation to Memphis, TN, in 1964 was a defining one for the seminary, which has consistently been committed to scholarship, piety and justice, and to diversity and reconciliation. In Memphis, the seminary set an intentional course to serve men and women of all races and denominations at a time in our country’s history when racial segregation was deeply entrenched. For more information about the seminary visit, www.MemphisSeminary.edu.
Tables and tickets:
Contact Sandra H. Mays, Starks Advancement Director, at 901.334.5808 or
smays@ MemphisSeminary.edu to purchase tickets.
Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein, Senior Rabbi of
Over 600 guests including community leaders, past recipients, special guests, MTS students, faculty and staff will attend the ceremony. Proceeds from this event help benefit the Dr. Henry Logan Starks Endowment fund, which provides scholarships for African American students pursuing theological education at MTS.