AFP Memphis Crystal Awards

When:  Nov 17, 2023 from 04:30 PM to 07:30 PM (CT)
Associated with  AFP TN, Memphis Chapter

Get ready to ignite your passion for philanthropy in our vibrant community! Join us for an unforgettable evening of celebration. You will have the chance to personally connect with true community heroes. Together we will give a standing ovation to honor their remarkable contributions to propel philanthropy forward right here in Memphis.

But that's not all! We are turning up the excitement with a special selection of wines and spirits to tantalize your taste buds. And let's not forget the pièce de résistance: an array of delectable dishes prepared by the culinary genius, Chef Tanocha, and her culinary wizards at Big Momma's & Granny's Catering. Your taste buds are in for an electrifying journey of flavors!

And if that wasn't enough to get your heart racing, brace yourself for an evening filled with exhilarating live entertainment, setting the mood for an enjoyable evening.

Don't miss out on this extraordinary event that promises an unforgettable evening of celebration, gratitude, and inspiration. Secure your tickets now and be a part of 2023's incredible Crystal Award Ceremony!

Award Winners & Categories

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser - Lawson Arney 
Recognizes a person who provides exceptional leadership in coordinating fundraising projects or activities for a charitable organization or cause, with a preference for community work that has direct impact in Memphis and the Mid-South. The recipient must demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and the ability to motivate volunteers. By giving generously of his/her time and talents, this person makes a measurable impact on community philanthropy.

Outstanding Philanthropist - Tommie Dunavant 
Recognizes an individual or family for exceptional generosity and commitment demonstrated by significant financial contributions to charitable organizations. The recipient's personal generosity and community leadership should motivate others to give and to become involved in philanthropy.

Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist - Michael Zepatos
Recognizes an individual 40 and under for exceptional generosity and civic responsibility demonstrated through financial contributions and volunteerism to charitable organizations.

Outstanding Philanthropic Organization - Southern Security Credit Union
Recognizes a philanthropic corporation, foundation, or organization (e.g. civic groups, volunteer organizations, etc.) whose grant programs, gifts, and charitable activities enrich the community. This organization should be a role model of philanthropic activity serving many segments of the community.

Outstanding Fundraising Executive - Zach Pretzer
Recognizes a fundraising executive whose actions and leadership exemplify ethical and effective professional practice and whose performance has enhanced the financial resources and recognition of the organization(s) for which he/she works. Nominees must demonstrate a strong commitment to philanthropy, volunteerism, and continuing education and have actively worked as a professional fundraiser for at least five years prior to this nomination.


AFP Community Partner of the Year - Porter-Leath
Recognizes a person or organization who demonstrates extraordinary generosity towards their AFP Memphis community. This person or organization should work for the thriving of our local chapter and fundraisers.

Our Hosts

Jared "Jay B." Boyd, WYXR 91.7 FM

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4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Meet & Greet Crystal Award Honorees, Guests Arrive

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Crystal Awards Presentation

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Crystal Awards Reception and Celebration


Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Rd
Memphis, TN 38117
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