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Make-A-Wish Mississippi Takes Home Two Awards From National Conference
After an eventful fiscal year, full of granting wishes and successful fundraisers, Make-A-Wish® Mississippi brought the year to a close with rewarding news from national headquarters at Make-A-Wish® America.
The Mississippi chapter was awarded the Turnaround Award out of 63 chapters for showing such success in improvements of fundraising, wish granting and financials.
“From a national perspective the Turnaround Award recognizes chapters that have significantly improved organizational and financial stability,” said Berta James, senior manager at Make-A-Wish® America. “This year, we are pleased to honor a chapter that, during the past 18 months, has turned around virtually every aspect of its operations,” added James.
In addition to being named the Turnaround Chapter of the year, Mississippi was also named as one of the chapters with Outstanding Fundraising for the fiscal year, bringing in $1.365 million to the organization — a significant increase from last year’s numbers.
“This award reflects the spirit of Mississippi’s good people, who believe and support our mission to enrich the lives of children who might otherwise miss the joys of childhood,” said Kit Barksdale, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Mississippi.
“The fruit of this commitment is a chapter better positioned than ever to grant the wish of every child in Mississippi with a life threatening medical condition. I can say personally it is an honor to serve this important mission with so many other outstanding community leaders,” added Jamie Chustz, who is serving his second year as board president.
While the chapter has taken time to celebrate its achievements, the wishes continue to be granted and the mission continues to be fulfilled as the year begins again for Make-A-Wish®.
Make-A-Wish® Mississippi grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
For additional information, contact Kit Barksdale at 601-366-9474 ext. 1301 or email email@example.com
Neel-Schaffer Welcomes New Engineer
Neel-Schaffer, Inc. is proud to announce the addition of Chris Trebisky, PE, PLS, PP to their team of professionals.
Trebisky brings with him over 13 years of experience in recreational design, roadway reconstruction, water/wastewater supply and treatment and land surveying.
Prior to joining Neel-Schaffer, Trebisky spent 13 years in municipal engineering as a consultant for a variety of local, state and federal agencies. He also served as city engineer for several municipalities in New Jersey, as well as representing various Planning and Zoning Boards as an engineer and planner.
Joining Neel-Schaffer was a very easy decision for Trebisky: “Neel Schaffer showed a very genuine desire in bringing me on board, and it definitely made my decision in choosing Neel-Schaffer a lot easier. Neel-Schaffer is a great company, and I have really enjoyed my short time here so far.”
Trebisky is optimistic about his future with the company: “I look forward to flourishing into an integral part of the company and developing a presence in the Mississippi community. I love the engineering design process, and I like the thought of someone looking at a project we have done and thinking, ‘That’s a Neel-Schaffer design and it’s great.’”
Mark Beyea, engineer manager in the Madison, Mississippi office, is enthusiastic about hiring Trebisky and eager to use his expertise on projects: “I am excited that Chris Trebisky has joined our team because I believe that his experience and expertise in planning and designing urban projects and recreational facilities will allow Neel-Schaffer to provide a wider variety of quality projects, with more options, to our municipal clients.”
Trebisky holds a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering, and surveying engineering technology. He is also a registered licensed engineer, land surveyor and professional planner.
Hibbett Neel Awarded ACE/MS Teddy Roosevelt Award For 2012
The 2012 recipient of the American Council of Engineering Companies - Mississippi (ACEC/MS) Teddy Roosevelt Award is Hibbett Neel, President of Neel-Schaffer, Inc., which he co-founded in 1983. The Teddy Roosevelt Award is given for distinguished service to the engineering profession in going the extra mile to improve conditions and the profession as a whole. Neel received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Vanderbilt and earned a master’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and served as an officer in the U.S. Army.
He has been an active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers for more than four decades and was recently elected international vice president. His numerous awards from this organization include the 2011 Burton W. Marsh Distinguished Service Award and the ITE Outstanding Service Award in 2000. He was recognized by the American Public Works Association as Mississippi Member of the Year in 2000 and in 2004 by the American Society of Civil Engineers, receiving the Diversity Champions Award for his work fostering diversity within the industry. He received the 2007 American Council of Engineering Companies Community Service Award and in 2009 the National American Public Works Association recognized him with a lifetime achievement award.
His community involvement includes the Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi Blood Services, Catholic Charities, Greater Jackson Foundation, Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce, Keep Jackson Beautiful, Leadership Jackson and Jackson 2000. He has committed both time and resources to Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering as an active six-year member of Vanderbilt’s Engineering Alumni Council and the Lewis Society.
Mississippi Kids Count First Annual Light Up The Night Celebration
Mississippi KIDS COUNT will play host to Light Up The Night benefit dinner and celebration on January 31st at 6:30 p.m. at the award-winning Mississippi Children’s Museum. This special event will recognize the Honorable William Winter as the first Luminary Award recipient for his commitment to improving the well being of all children across Mississippi. Guests will celebrate his legacy and also recognize the 2013 Mississippi KIDS COUNT Success Stories that include the Moore Community House, Jackson Medical Mall Foundation’s Obesity Prevention Program and Starkville School District’s Emerson Family Center.
The festive evening includes a cocktail reception, seated dinner, and an opportunity to see first-hand why the Mississippi Children’s Museum has been selected as MS KIDS COUNT’s Program of Promise recipient for 2013. This intimate dinner is limited to 160 guests, individual tickets are $150 and a table of eight guests can be reserved for $1,000. Mississippi KIDS COUNT is also offering sponsorship opportunities for individuals and organizations that share a commitment to improving opportunities on the local and state level.
Financial contributions are tax deductible and allow Mississippi KIDS COUNT to continue our mission as the leading resource for comprehensive information on Mississippi’s children and serving as a catalyst for improving outcomes for children, families and communities. To purchase tickets and tables as well as receive details about sponsorships, please contact Heather Carson at 662-325-0633 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Mississippi KIDS COUNT visit our website: www.ssrc.msstate.edu/kidscount.
Jackson Investor Group Announces The Redevelopment Of The Iron Horse Grill
A Jackson-based group of investors announced the redevelopment of the Iron Horse Grill. Built as the Armour Smokehouse in 1906,this iconic Jackson landmark, which housed the popular Iron Horse Grill, has been abandoned since a fire in 1999.
The investors, led by Joseph Simpson of the Simpson Group, include Jackson businessmen Jesse Simpson, John Luckett, Johnny Johnson, David Waddell, Andrew Jenkins and Mark McCormack. This group acquired the property in 2009, and the resulting development will include the Iron Horse Grill restaurant and a live music venue in a 12,000 square foot facility. The building will also house the Mississippi Music Experience, which is a collection of Mississippi Music Hall of Fame memorabilia collected by Dr. Jim Brewer, as well as a retail store featuring items from the Mississippi Blues Trail.
With the ongoing revitalization of Downtown Jackson, Simpson explains, "We expect this project to help further solidify that Downtown Jackson is in a revival and has a bright future. Downtown must be a center for business and development, and we must all come together to keep it healthy. With the tourism goals for our development, it makes sense for the Iron Horse to be located in the heart of Downtown Jackson."
MuniStrategies, in conjunction with Trustmark National Bank in Jackson, who served as the lead investor, spearheaded the $8 million investment. MuniStrategies is a Mississippi-based New Markets allocatee that provides federal and state tax credit incentives to help finance this project. This investment utilized $4.5 million in MuniStrategies federal New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation along with federal historic tax credit incentives and Mississippi NMTC incentives provided through the Mississippi Development Authority. Trustmark provided the senior debt along with the tax credit equity and the Jackson Redevelopment Authority provided Urban Renewal Bonds in support of the project. This project is expected to create 120 jobs. At least $3 million in annual income is projected for the restaurant, with the City of Jackson gaining over $200,000 in tax revenue.
“This development means so much to the city of Jackson,” says Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson. “It provides a tremendous tie-in between the core of downtown and projects west of the rail line, extending to the campus of Jackson State University.”
Third District Congressman Gregg Harper stated, “So many Mississippians have such fond memories of this landmark establishment. Using Federal New Markets Tax Credits in support of this project is the sort of support that government can provide to help rebuild communities and develop jobs for its residents.”
Ben Allen, president of Downtown Jackson Partners, said, “I cannot overstate the impact this will have on Jackson. To have this come back to life is a major triumph. This is just another sign of the momentum in downtown, and it really ties together the developments on the west end of our community.”
Gerhard Mundinger, Jr., MD Joins Cardiovascular Services Of Central Mississippi
Gerhard H. Mundinger, Jr., MD has joined the practice of Cardiovascular Services of Central Mississippi in Jackson.
Dr. Mundinger is a renowned board certified surgeon in the field of Cardiovascular and Thoracic medicine. He has provided services to the residents of Mississippi for over 27 years. He received his medical degree from the University of Colorado where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He completed a General and Vascular Surgery residency at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD; a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD and a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Michigan.
His professional society memberships include the American College of Surgeons, Southeastern Surgical Congress, American College of Chest Physicians, American Heart Association, Association of Academic Surgeons, John Alexander Society for Thoracic Surgery, Le Club Mitrale, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Central Mississippi Medical Society (as well as past president), Physicians' Advisory Board, National Republican Congressional Committee Advisory Board, American College of Surgeons for the State of Mississippi (having also served as President and Governor) and the Association for Academic Surgery.
Dr. Mundinger is the recipient of the 2000 Christus Vivit Award and the 2007 Miles Christi Award from the Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO and Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN, respectively. He is very active in the community, participating in the American Heart Association, Habitat for Humanity and the Good Shepard Lutheran Church and School. Over the past 17 years, Dr. Mundinger has also completed medical mission work in Honduras through Salt and Life.
Dr. Mundinger specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Oncology and Vascular/Endovascular Surgery.
He is accepting patients at two convenient locations: 1860 Chadwick Drive, Suite 252 in Jackson and 1020 River Oaks Drive in Flowood. For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Mundinger, call (601) 376-1394.
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