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21st annual SRVS Sparkling Nights Set for Aug. 17

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 24, 2019 – The 21st annual SRVS Sparkling Nights premier auction, food and wine tasting gala will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, from 6:30–11:30 p.m., at Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd.

 The event has raised more than $2 million since its inception in 1999 as a fundraiser to support SRVS programs. The founding of Sparkling Nights, originally called the Spirit of SRVS, grew out of conversations between SRVS board member John Barzizza and SRVS staff. The idea was to raise money and awareness for the nonprofit.

 Sparkling Nights has grown considerably in the past 20 years, with the first event attracting approximately 90 people and raising $10,000. Today, Sparkling Nights is SRVS’ largest fundraiser and attracts more than 700 attendees and raises an average of $200,000 each year. In 2018, a record $224,395 was raised. Funds from Sparkling Nights support SRVS programs that include children’s services, residential supports and employment.

 “As a non-profit organization committed to helping others, the people we support rely on your contributions so SRVS can continue to provide services that people with disabilities need to live meaningful lives as members of their community,” said SRVS board member and Sparkling Nights chairwoman Jerilyn Hayward.  

 Each year an original painting is commissioned by a local artist to be auctioned at Sparkling Nights. The 2019 painting, “Success in the City,” is by artist Michael Maness. The painting includes handprints of people SRVS supports scattered around a heart with the skyline of Memphis serving as a backdrop. Maness’ artwork is often displayed and sold around Memphis and the mid-south.

Posted by SRVS PR at Wednesday, November 13, 2019

SRVS and Pugh’s Flowers Team for Surprise Smile Delivery

     Fifty people supported by SRVS will be surprise recipients of Be Happy Bouquets from Pugh’s Flowers in observance of national Make Someone Smile Week. Local volunteers will prepare and deliver the handmade bouquets. SRVS is among local nonprofits to be recipients of flower deliveries.

WHO:   SRVS (Shelby Residential & Vocational Services) and Pugh’s Flowers.

WHAT: Be Happy Bouquets flower delivery during national Make Someone Smile Week.

WHEN:   July 22, 2019, 11 a.m.

WHERE: Memphis Room, fourth floor, Benjamin L. Hooks Central  Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 381

Contact:  Matt Woo, Communications Specialist, SRVS,,  Debbie McCown, Pugh’s Flowers,

Posted by SRVS PR at Tuesday, July 23, 2019

SRVS Kids & Families hosts the 23rd annual Bunny Run 5K

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 11, 2019 – SRVS Kids & Families will host its 23rd annual Bunny Run 5K on April 20 at Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors Park, 701 Perkins Ext.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. All proceeds from the run support SRVS Kids & Families, a program of Shelby Residential and Vocational Services (SRVS) offering early intervention and therapies, family support groups and an inclusive preschool for children with developmental delays. Last year, SRVS Kids & Families supported more than 600 children.

Register a team or as an individual. The cost is $10 for people with disabilities, $15 for children 14 and younger, $20 to be a spirit runner and $25 for early registration. The cost is $30 if you sign up on race day. Awards will be given in 15 age categories, plus first place in overall open, master and grandmaster. Children with special needs will have their own age group categories. This is a USA Track and Field certified course allowing your name to be in the Tennessee State Record Books.     

In addition to the 5K, the event will include a visit by the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, games for children, music and more. To register, visit 

Posted by SRVS PR at Thursday, April 11, 2019