Pictures from “Women of Excellence” Brunch

The Tri-State Defender held the "Women of Excellence" Champagne Brunch & Awards Presentation at the Memphis Botanical Gardens on Saturday, April 27th; below are a few pictures from FTP's owner TJ Jefferson at the brunch as an honoree.
Here is the article published by the Tri-State Defender after the event

[caption id="attachment_520" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Group shot of all of the "Women of Excellence" Honorees"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_532" align="aligncenter" width="253" caption="TJ Jefferson- FTP's owner "][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_531" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="TJ's face and name on the Big Screen during the Brunch"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_533" align="aligncenter" width="235" caption="TJ and Bernal E Smith, Tri-State Defender's President & Publisher"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_534" align="aligncenter" width="247" caption="TJ and Lashundra Richmond, owner of RichEd Consults"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_536" align="aligncenter" width="251" caption="TJ and Cynthia Daniels, an honoree & President of the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals"][/caption]

FTP’s Owner Selected as one of the 2013 “Women of Excellence”

As arduous tasks go, selecting only 50 honorees for the 6th annual presentation of The New Tri-State Defender's Women of Excellence ranks right up there.
The selections now have been made and the list of honorees for 2013 is complete, with the Women of Excellence (WOE) Champagne Brunch and Awards Celebration set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, 750 Cherry Road.
"We had another phenomenal response from the community this year with over 100 nominations," said Bernal E. Smith II, President/Publisher of The New Tri-State Defender.
"We also had a hard time narrowing it down because each and every one was deserving of the honor in her own right, but ultimately we were able to select a tremendously impressive group of women of which we are very proud."...
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Second Annual Food Drive Uses Social Media to Drive Donations

MEMPHIS, Tenn.The Mid-South Food Bank will host its 2nd annual Good Friday Food Drive online on Friday, March 29. This year’s food drive, much like last year’s, will rely on social media to spread the word and encourage support. Last year, the Food Bank received over $3000 in donations online, which is the equivalent of 9,000 meals.


The Food Bank, along with the Good Friday Food Drive’s official sponsors, Easy Way Produce and First State Bank, will initiate a call-to-action to followers via Twitter. Using the hashtag #MEMFOOD13, the organizations will ask their supporters to donate online at Also, donations can be made at Easy Way at 814 Mt. Moriah Rd and the First Bank locations at 5385 Poplar Ave and 3607 Houston Levee Rd.


“Mid-South Food Bank encourages everyone to get involved,” says Marcia Wells, Mid-South Food Bank Communications Director. “Community food drives are an important source of food and funds to purchase food.”
The Good Friday Food Drive was created to restock the Food Bank’s cupboards during the spring, as the organization typically experiences a shortage of food and supplies during this time period. Last spring, when the Food Bank’s shelves were nearly barren, Amy Howell of Howell Marketing Strategies asked her Twitter followers to donate. This ignited a surge of support in a matter of hours.


Easy Way and First State Bank want to continue the social media support this year.


“No one in Memphis should be hungry,” Howell wrote on her blog. “We need to use social [media] to do good things in our community.”


About Mid-South Food Bank
Mid-South Food Bank, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was founded in 1981. MSFB is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks. It serves 227 agencies in 31 counties in West Tennessee, north Mississippi and east Arkansas. Its mission is to fight hunger through the efficient collection and distribution of wholesome food, and through education and advocacy which supports its vision of a hunger-free Mid-South.


About Easy Way Food Stores, Inc. – Your Everyday Farmers Market
In operation since 1932, Easy Way Food Stores, Inc. is a locally and family owned business based in the Mid-¬‐south featuring fresh and locally grown produce, meat and grocery items. The long standing and current studies that suggest that eating more fruit and vegetables is a health benefit that fuels the passion to provide those products to this area in convenient locally staffed, easy in and out locations in a “farmer’s market” friendly atmosphere. Other than major holidays, all Easy-¬‐Way retails stores are open six or seven days a week throughout the year.


About First State Bank
First State Bank has 31 full-service banking locations in 25 communities throughout West and Middle Tennessee. It is owned by Community First Bancshares, a holding company headquartered in Union City, Tenn., which also operates a mortgage company, an insurance company, a specialized ag services division, investment services, a consumer finance company, an employee benefits division, a specialized trust services division, a small business lending division, and an indirect auto financing division at various locations across the state.

Something Good in Memphis

Memphis' newspaper, The Commercial Appeal, featured FTP's owner TJ Jefferson for FTP's 2nd Annual "Simply Giving Project". It read:


T.J. Jefferson has been nominated for recognition in MIFA's Something Good in Memphis campaign by Ieshea Hartwell.


Hartwell writes: "Because of our city's growing recognition for entrepreneur development and support, T.J. Jefferson recently moved her business from Atlanta to Memphis. Already she has a holiday giving project under way to collect clothes, shoes, food and money for our community. She is from Memphis and is so happy to bring her business to her hometown. For reasons like this, there are good things going on in Memphis, and she wants to be part of that positive community."