October 7, 2019 -- The Tennessee Valley Authority recently honored the Memphis Urban League (MUL) for 75 years of “Empowering Communities and Changing Lives” during their special anniversary gala that welcomed some of the city’s top leaders. TVA served as a premiere sponsor for the event, which was centered on providing H. O. P. E. for minority families to “Have Opportunities to Pursue Empowerment.” A list of public servants from a variety of industries were also awarded for their commitment as community champions.
“The Tennessee Valley Authority believes in service; it is at the core of our mission,” Creech (pictured above, left) told the ballroom of guests. “One way that we serve is through providing reliable, low-cost power, but it is through partnerships with agencies like the Memphis Urban League that we can empower individuals, families, communities and the entire city of Memphis.”
TVA recently partnered with the Memphis Urban League for the Building Futures initiative, a program that offers soft-skills training for minority contractors to grow their businesses and pursue contracts with TVA. In addition to the training program, the Memphis Urban League’s daily work in the community has led to an ongoing partnership that was years in the making.
For five years, TVA’s EnergyRight Solutions Program Manager Aulton Greene has served on the Memphis Urban League Board. “TVA works alongside the Memphis Urban League as a proud partner because we want to uplift communities around Memphis that need it most,” Greene commented. “It was only befitting that we honored the Memphis Urban League and all award recipients for decades of dedication and selfless service.”
“We appreciate TVA for believing in the mission of the Memphis Urban League and for supporting our work,” said MUL President and CEO Tonja Sesley-Baymon. “I appreciate everyone who worked so hard to make this event possible, from my staff to the event sponsors. I could not thank you enough
TVA–Memphis Executive Director Mark Creech served as the event speaker, alongside Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland