By Lesley Harris Colvett
Photography by Keith Renard/Skipworth Photography
The ten Grand Krewes of Carnival held their royal coronation balls and fundraisers during the season and for the second year in a row, Krewes for Kids presented by nexAir, set financial records. This year’s Business & Industry Salute Luncheon celebrated the Mid-South Fashion Apparel Industry and was another success.
The parties and other events highlight the purpose of today’s Carnival – to raise funds for local children’s charities. Started in 1999, the Carnival Memphis Children’s Charity Initiative (CCI) assists those who improve the quality of life for children throughout the community by selecting three charities each year. This year’s charities: Agape Child & Family Services, Emmanuel Center and Memphis Athletic Ministries received a combined total of $330,000 with matching funds. Since the inception of the CCI over $2,830,000 with matching funds has been donated to local children’s charities.
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