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RiverKings serve as host, helping network non-profits with grant provider

March 15, 2005 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Mississippi RiverKings News Release

SOUTHAVEN—You’ve heard it a million times: it’s not always what you know, but who you know. Taking that statement to heart, the Memphis RiverKings have set up a tête-à-tête

between area non-profit organizations and the Mississippi Commission of Volunteer Service.

The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (MCVS) supports non-profit organizations in service to their communities by awarding more than $14 million a year and supplying $16.5 million worth of services performed by volunteers in AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America and other programs.

MCVS is also responsible for the GIVE (Governor's Initiative for Volunteer Excellence) Awards, which recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Mississippi's non-profit volunteers. Local winners of these awards have included Valeria Robertson (DeSoto Health and Wellness Center), Cindy Lipscomb (DeSoto Family Theatre), and Homer Skelton (Homer Skelton Charitable Foundation).

MCVS will be the featured non-profit at the RiverKings game against the Amarillo Gorillas at 7:05 p.m. this Thursday, March 17. An hour and a half before the game, the ‘Kings are hosting an intimate reception in which a non-profit representative can meet MCVS staff personally and give them information on their cause.

“This is a chance for the non-profits to get in front of an organization that awards millions in grant money and volunteer services every year,” Community Relations representative Michael Rice said. “It’s an opportunity to put a face with a name, and you never know when that might make the difference.”

The RiverKings have been dedicated to working with non-profits since the team was purchased by Maddox Foundation three years ago. Since then, the team has helped several hundred non-profits raise money and awareness.

To show the Commission the tremendous amount of support by DeSoto Countians, the team is asking non-profit organizations that plan to attend to show a strong presence at the game. By purchasing 20 tickets at a special $5 rate, 50 tickets at $4 each, or 100 at $3 each, non-profits can send one to three representatives to the reception.

“We believe that volunteers are a powerful force for community improvement, whose efforts make the most of limited resources” MCVS Executive Director Marsha Meeks Kelly said. “The Commission seeks to involve Mississippians to make a difference in every community in the state. From the beginning, our dream has been to make good things happen for Mississippi through the power of volunteers.”

To find out more about MCVS Night at the RiverKings, call 662-342-1755. For more information on MCVS, visit the Web at, call 1-601-432-6779 or toll free, 1-888-353-1793.

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