Susan Mackenzie

  • TEP Gumbo Contest 2018 presented by Hilton Memphis

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    The 8th Tennessee Equality Project Gumbo Contest presented by Hilton Memphis will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018. 

    TEP's annual Mardi Gras celebration brings together teams from the Western, Middle and Eastern United States to compete for the best gumbo in Memphis. Gumbo contestants will be awarded prizes by an appointed panel of judges and by individual tasters like you in the People's Choice competition. Official judges shall also vote for the Best Vegetarian Gumbo. TEP is grateful for the generous support of its presenting sponsor for 2018: Hilton Memphis! 

    Live music from Lisa. B. and Zigadoo Moneyclips!


    SPONSORSHIPS:


    Who is sponsoring the contest? Scroll down! Sponsorship packages at all levels available at https://tnep.nationbuilder.com/tep_gumbo_contest_sponsorships_2018

    TICKET DESCRIPTIONS:

    Online ticket sales at http://tepgumbo2018.bpt.me/ available through midnight on 1/14/2018. After this date, all tickets must be purchased at the door.


    Gumbo Team Registration is $25 (3 tickets for $8.33 for your team). Purchaser will be required to submit team information and agree to contest rules. Teams may purchase registration for only one gumbo. Duplicate or additional team registrations are non-refundable and will be considered a donation to TEP. 

    Gumbo Contest Team Registration Steps:
    1. Review the rules available at http://bit.ly/gumbo2018rules
    2. Complete registration payment on this page: http://tepgumbo2018.bpt.me
    3. Submit gumbo team information at http://bit.ly/GumboTeamEntryForm2018

    General Admission (21 & over) $25 - Includes gumbo tasting, voting in the People's Choice Competition, live music, general seating, and beer voucher.

    General Admission (under 21) $15 - Includes gumbo tasting, voting in the People's Choice Competition, general seating, and live music.

    VIP TABLE $300.00 (8 @ $37.50 each) - Includes 8 gumbo tasting, voting in the People's Choice Competition, live music, reserved seating for 8, complimentary King Cake and 8 beer vouchers. Purchasers will compete for best decorated table at the contest. Arrive by 3:30 PM before the event to decorate your table. VIP tickets available until supplies last Purchasers will compete for best decorated table at the contest. Arrive between 3 and 3:30 PM before the event to decorate your table. VIP tickets available until supplies last. 

    ATTENTION ALL TICKET HOLDERS: The small stub of your ticket is the ballot to vote for your favorite gumbo in the People's Choice Competition. Save your stub to place in the ballot bag of your favorite gumbo team by 6 PM on the day of the event. 

    Beverage Service: Each gumbo contest ticket for those 21 and older includes one voucher for beer from local breweries (more vouchers can be purchased for $5 with cash or credit/debit card from TEP). Hilton will also provide a full bar with wine, cocktails, other beer and soft drinks (cash only). Valid ID required for the service of any alcoholic beverages.

    TEP is grateful to Hilton Memphis and our other sponsors for this event:

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    🔥FLAMING SPONSORS🔥

    Mid South Homebuyers

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    HOT SPONSORS 

    Helen Akin

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    Baker Donelson

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    First Tennessee

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    Anne Gullick 

    Mystic Krewe of Pegasus Memphis

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    Dr. Shawn Hayden

    Susan MacKenzie, Attorney at Law and Mediator

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    PSAV

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    Ray Rico Freelance

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    RentMemphis, LLC

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    Utopia Animal Hospital

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    MEDIUM SPONSORS 

    Julie Byrd Ashworth, Attorney at Law

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    High Cotton Brewing Company

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    Memphis Made Brewing Company

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     MILD SPONSORS

    Carol and Dell Livingston

    CHOICES 

     

     

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    Jennifer Valli, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, psychotherapist and specialist in sexual health, Instructor at UTHSC

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    WHEN
    January 21, 2018 at 4:30pm
    WHERE
    Hilton Memphis
    939 Ridge Lake Blvd
    Memphis, TN 38120
    United States
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    $25.00 USD · 95 rsvps rsvp

  • posted about TEP Gumbo Contest Sponsorships 2018 on Facebook 2017-09-18 22:48:13 -0500
    I am proud to support the work of Tennessee Equality Project as a sponsor of the TEP Gumbo Contest on Jan. 21, 2018

    TEP Gumbo Contest Sponsorships 2018

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    The 8th Tennessee Equality Project Gumbo Contest presented by Hilton Memphis will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018. TEP's annual Mardi Gras celebration brings together teams from the Western, Middle and Eastern United States to compete for the best gumbo in Memphis. Gumbo contestants will be awarded prizes by an appointed panel of judges and by individual tasters like you in the People’s Choice competition. TEP is grateful for the generous support of its presenting sponsor for 2018: Hilton Memphis!

     CLICK HERE FOR INDIVIDUAL TICKET PURCHASES 

    TEP's annual Mardi Gras gumbo competition draws large crowds who support the LGBTQ community of the Mid-South and draws many public and elected officials. 

    The annual Mardi Gras gumbo competition draws large crowds who support the LGBTQ community of the Mid-South including public and elected officials. You can support this year’s event and the work of TEP to advance and protect equality in Tennessee as a host or in-kind sponsor. Here are the steps:

    1. Review the sponsor information below and select the right level for you on the left. If you prefer to write a check for your sponsorship, mail a check to "TEP Foundation", c/o Jonathan Cole, 1889 Nelson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38114. 
    2. If you choose a Flaming or Hot sponsorship, you will be assigned a VIP Table closest to the dance floor in the event space in the order that sponsorship are completed. Sponsors will receive tickets by mail to the purchaser within a few weeks of the event. 
    3. Sponsors must submit event program ads and organizational logos for the sponsor reel (300+ dpi image) to Charles Fowler at gumbosponsor@tnep.org by December 20, 2017 to guarantee ad placement. Click the bulleted sponsor level links below for ad specifications:

     

    PRESENTING SPONSOR

    Hilton Memphis is the Presenting Sponsor for the 2018 TEP Gumbo Contest.

    HOST SPONSORSHIPS

    How spicy do like your gumbo? Gumbo contest sponsors may contribute as hosts for this event at the Flaming, Hot, Medium or Mild level as individuals, organizations or businesses:

    🔥FLAMING SPONSOR🔥

    Event sponsors giving $1000 or more will receive:

    • VIP Table (8 seats) with complimentary King Cake (while supplies last). After making your sponsorship donation, you will be prompted to choose a VIP table nearest the stage and dance floor. 

    • 8 gumbo tasting tickets for the People’s Choice competition which includes live music and 8 beer/soft drink pass wristbands. 

    • Promotional advertisement of your business on the event web page. 

    • Promotion of your business or organization on the TEP Gumbo contest website and in the event program (full page ad - 5.5 x 8.5”), event announcements, event advertising poster, and two individual slides on the sponsor reel display.*

    HOT SPONSOR

    Hot sponsors giving $500-999 will receive:

    • VIP Table (8 seats) with complimentary King Cake (while supplies last). After making your sponsorship donation, you will be prompted to choose a VIP table nearest the stage and dance floor. 

    • 8 gumbo tasting tickets for the People’s Choice competition which includes live music and 8 beer/soft drink pass wristbands.

    • Promotional advertisement of your business on the event web page. 

    • Promotion of your business or organization on the TEP Gumbo contest website and in the event program (full page ad - 5.5 x 8.5”), event announcements, and an individual slide on a sponsor reel display.*

    MEDIUM SPONSOR

    Medium sponsors giving $250-499 will receive:

    • 4 gumbo tasting tickets for the People’s Choice competition which includes live music and 4 beer/soft drink pass wristbands. 

    • Promotional advertisement of your business on the event web page. 

    • Promotion of your business or organization on the TEP Gumbo contest website and in the event program (half page ad - 5.5 x 4.25” or 2.75 x 8.5”), and a shared slide on the sponsor reel display.*

    MILD SPONSOR


    Mild sponsors giving $100-249 will receive:
    • 2 gumbo tasting tickets for the People’s Choice competition which includes live music and 4 beer/soft drink pass wristbands.

    • Promotion of your business or organization in the event program (quarter page ad - 5.5 x 2.125” or 2.75 x 4.25”) and on a shared slide on the sponsor reel display.*

    *Sponsors must submit event program ads and organizational logos for the sponsor reel (300+ dpi image) to Charles Fowler at gumbosponsor@tnep.org by December 20, 2017 to guarantee ad placement. Click the bulleted sponsor level links below for ad specifications:
    Click the "Continue" button on the left to contribute your desired sponsorship level based on the above table. 

    IN-KIND SPONSORS

    In-kind gifts of decorations, beer, or other supplies used in the event may be donated. In-kind sponsors will receive 2-8 gumbo tasting tickets (which includes live music and one beer or soft drink ticket per admission) and promotion of your business in the event program. In-kind gifts of $500 or greater will receive a VIP Table with 8 seats. In-kind gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

     
    In-Kind Sponsor Donation
    $100
    $200
    $300
    $400
    $500+
    Tickets given
    2
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    Laissez le bon temps rouler!

    For more information or to volunteer for this event, contact Jonathan Cole at jonathan@tnequalityproject.com / 901-301-3306.

     

    Why should your business or organization sponsor the TEP Gumbo Contest?

    Tennessee Equality Project Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, provides educational projects and programs which advance the well-being of LGBTQ people and their families here at home in Tennessee. Unlike other organizations that advance equality, every dollar contributed to TEP Foundation is spent here in Tennessee.

    A diverse group of over 500 LGBTQ people and their allies attend the TEP Gumbo Contest each year. Attendees receive a program with sponsor ads and information and will see the event sponsor reel on the projection screen during the event. Our PRESENTING sponsor and FLAMING sponsors will be thanked from the main stage during event announcements.  

    Your sponsorship will be advertised through the TEP Gumbo Contest Event web page, Facebook event page and email list (14,000+ contacts). Tennessee Equality Project social media reach extends deeply in the Mid-South and the State of Tennessee (as of 9/2/2017):

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  • signed Governor Haslam, Veto SB1085/HB1111 2017-04-27 17:02:20 -0500

    Governor Haslam, Veto SB1085/HB1111

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    Add your name and urge Governor Haslam to veto SB1085/HB1111, the Sneaky LGBT Erasure Bill.  After you sign the petition, share it with your friends.  We will deliver a hard copy of the signatures to the Governor's Office.  Your voice can help determine whether he uses the VETO pen or the BECOMES LAW pen!

    5,715 signatures

    Dear Governor Haslam,

    We ask you to veto SB1085/HB1111.  This bill, as the Attorney General has noted, is broadly written.  Its vagueness could result in conflicts with existing laws about judicial interpretation.  These conflicts are likely to cause discrimination against LGBTQ people, particularly with respect to marriage, adoption, and legal documents.  This bill risks subjecting Tennessee to the same scrutiny that North Carolina has received.  We cannot afford hundreds of millions of dollars in economic boycotts and sanctions.  Please, veto this bill so we can avoid judicial chaos and costly discrimination.  Thank you for considering our views.

    Add signature

  • posted about TEP Gumbo Contest Sponsorship 2017 on Facebook 2017-01-08 18:30:25 -0600
    Just became a sponsor of the TEP Gumbo Contest.

    TEP Gumbo Contest Sponsorship 2017

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    The 7th Tennessee Equality Project Gumbo Contest presented by Hilton Memphis will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2017. TEP's annual Mardi Gras celebration brings together teams from the Western, Middle and Eastern United States to compete for the best gumbo in Memphis. Gumbo contestants will be awarded prizes by an appointed panel of judges and by individual tasters like you in the People’s Choice competition. TEP is grateful for the generous support of its presenting sponsor for 2017: Hilton Memphis!

    TEP's annual Mardi Gras gumbo competition draws large crowds who support the LGBTQ community of the Mid-South and draws many public and elected officials. 

    The annual Mardi Gras gumbo competition draws large crowds who support the LGBTQ community of the Mid-South including public and elected officials. You can support this year’s event and the work of TEP to advance and protect equality in Tennessee as the an host or in-kind sponsor. Here are the steps:

    1. Review the sponsor information below and select the right level for you on the left. If you prefer to write a check for your sponsorship, mail a check to "TEP Foundation", c/o Jonathan Cole, 1889 Nelson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38114. 
    2. If you choose a Flaming or Hot sponsorship, you'll receive instructions for choosing your VIP Table (1-9 or A-G). Table choices will be processed in the order they are received. Sponsors will receive tickets by mail to the purchaser within a few weeks of the event. 
    3. Sponsors must submit event program ads and organizational logos for the sponsor reel (300+ dpi image) to Charles Fowler at gumbosponsor@tnep.org by January 20, 2017 to guarantee ad placement. Click the bulleted sponsor level links below for ad specifications:

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    PRESENTING SPONSOR

    Hilton Memphis is the Presenting Sponsor for the 2017 TEP Gumbo Contest.

    HOST SPONSORSHIPS

    How spicy do like your gumbo? Gumbo contest sponsors may contribute as hosts for this event at the Flaming, Hot, Medium or Mild level as individuals, organizations or businesses:

    🔥FLAMING SPONSOR🔥

    Event sponsors giving $1000 or more will receive:

    • VIP Table (8 seats) with complimentary King Cake (while supplies last). After making your sponsorship donation, you will be prompted to choose a VIP table nearest the stage and dance floor. NO LONGER AVAILABLE BUT WILL RECEIVE 8 GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS.

    • 8 gumbo tasting tickets for the People’s Choice competition which includes live music and 8 beer/soft drink pass wristbands. 

    • Promotional advertisement of your business on the event web page. 

    • Promotion of your business or organization on the TEP Gumbo contest website and in the event program (full page ad - 5.5 x 8.5”), event announcements, event advertising poster, and two individual slides on the sponsor reel display.*

    HOT SPONSOR

    Hot sponsors giving $500-999 will receive:

    • VIP Table (8 seats) with complimentary King Cake (while supplies last). After making your sponsorship donation, you will be prompted to choose a VIP table nearest the stage and dance floor. NO LONGER AVAILABLE BUT WILL RECEIVE 8 GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS.

    • 8 gumbo tasting tickets for the People’s Choice competition which includes live music and 8 beer/soft drink pass wristbands.

    • Promotional advertisement of your business on the event web page. 

    • Promotion of your business or organization on the TEP Gumbo contest website and in the event program (full page ad - 5.5 x 8.5”), event announcements, and an individual slide on a sponsor reel display.*

    MEDIUM SPONSOR

    Medium sponsors giving $250-499 will receive:

    • 4 gumbo tasting tickets for the People’s Choice competition which includes live music and 4 beer/soft drink pass wristbands. 

    • Promotional advertisement of your business on the event web page. 

    • Promotion of your business or organization on the TEP Gumbo contest website and in the event program (half page ad - 5.5 x 4.25” or 2.75 x 8.5”), and a shared slide on the sponsor reel display.*

    MILD SPONSOR


    Mild sponsors giving $100-249 will receive:
    • 2 gumbo tasting tickets for the People’s Choice competition which includes live music and 4 beer/soft drink pass wristbands.

    • Promotion of your business or organization in the event program (quarter page ad - 5.5 x 2.125” or 2.75 x 4.25”) and on a shared slide on the sponsor reel display.*

    *Sponsors must submit event program ads and organizational logos for the sponsor reel (300+ dpi image) to Charles Fowler at gumbosponsor@tnep.org by January 20, 2017 to guarantee ad placement. Click the bulleted sponsor level links below for ad specifications:
    Click the "Continue" button on the left to contribute your desired sponsorship level based on the above table. 

    IN-KIND SPONSORS

    In-kind gifts of decorations, beer, or other supplies used in the event may be donated. In-kind sponsors will receive 2-8 gumbo tasting tickets (which includes live music and one beer or soft drink ticket per admission) and promotion of your business in the event program. In-kind gifts of $500 or greater will receive a VIP Table with 8 seats. In-kind gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

     
    In-Kind Sponsor Donation
    $100
    $200
    $300
    $400
    $500+
    Tickets given
    2
    4
    6
    8
    VIP Table
     
    Laissez le bon temps rouler!

    For more information or to volunteer for this event, contact Jonathan Cole at jonathan@tnequalityproject.com / 901-301-3306.

     

    Why should your business or organization sponsor the TEP Gumbo Contest?

    Tennessee Equality Project Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, provides educational projects and programs which advance the well-being of LGBTQ people and their families here at home in Tennessee. Unlike other organizations that advance equality, every dollar contributed to TEP Foundation is spent here in Tennessee.

    A diverse group of over 500 LGBTQ people and their allies attend the TEP Gumbo Contest each year. Attendees receive a program with sponsor ads and information and will see the event sponsor reel on the projection screen during the event. Our PRESENTING sponsor and FLAMING sponsors will be thanked from the main stage during event announcements.  

    Your sponsorship will be advertised through the TEP Gumbo Contest Event web page, Facebook event page and email list (16,000+ contacts). Tennessee Equality Project social media reach extends deeply in the Mid-South and the State of Tennessee (as of 11/2/2016):

    Donate

  • Governor Haslam, Keep listening and oppose HB2414

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    Sign this NEW petition urging Governor Bill Haslam to keep listening to the voices opposed to the anti-transgender student bathroom bill!

    1,533 signatures

    Governor Haslam, please continue to oppose HB2414 and listen to the voices of transgender students and the business community speaking out against the bill.  Thank you for considering our views.

    Add signature

  • Governor Haslam, Fight for trans students and against SB2387/HB2414

    Please, join us in encouraging Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to fight against this attack on transgender students.

    983 signatures

    Dear Governor Haslam,

    We call on you to do everything in your power to lobby against passage of SB2387/HB2414, the anti-transgender student bathroom bill.  We also ask that you VETO the bill if it reaches your desk. 

    The bill endangers vulnerable students and it risks significant U.S. Department of Education funds to Tennessee.  If this bill became law, the enforcement would be a nightmare for school districts across the state. 

    Show the world that Tennessee is a welcoming state.  Thank you for considering our views.

    Add signature

  • endorsed via 2016-02-04 14:34:41 -0600

    The People's Resolution Opposing Tennessee House Joint Resolution 529 on Marriage Equality

    Sign on as a co-sponsor of the People's Resolution Opposing Tennessee House Joint Resolution 529 on Marriage Equality.

    WHEREAS, Rep.  Susan Lynn has introduced a resolution urging the members of the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee to express their disagreement with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges; and

    WHEREAS, the Tennessee Constitution affirms "That the citizens have a right, in a peaceable manner, to assemble together, for their common good, to instruct their representatives, and to apply to those invested with the powers of government for redress of grievances or other proper purposes, by address or remonstrance;" and

    WHEREAS, the State of Tennessee ought to be focused on the legal equality of all its people rather than attacking the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community; and

    WHEREAS, "the equal protection of the laws" is a cherished principle in American jurisprudence; now, therefore,

    BE IT RESOLVED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, that we oppose House Joint Resolution 529 and urge the members of the 109th General Assembly of the State of Tennessee to uphold the entire Constitution of the United States, including the Fourteenth Amendment, and cease their legislative attacks on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

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  • signed Issues: SBC 2014-10-29 18:44:50 -0500

    Urge Southern Baptist Leadership to rethink the impact of their teachings on LGBT people

    Learn more about the issue and consider signing the petition to add your voice to this call to action.

    87 signatures

    This week the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission is holding a conference in Nashville on marriage, sexuality, and gender.  Add your voice to urge them to consider the impact of their teachings on violence against LGBT people and LGBT youth homelessness.  According to national estimates, up to 40% of the youth homeless population is LGBT.  Many of those youth were turned out of their homes because of certain kinds of religious bias.  We believe that rather than holding conferences on how to preserve marriage discrimination, the Southern Baptist Convention's leadership should begin to address the ways in which their teachings contribute to harms to LGBT people. 

    TEP joined OutCentral and Vanderbilt Divinity School in organizing a protest of the event outside the Opryland Hotel.  TTPC and PFLAG also participated.  Your voice can help highlight needed changes in the Southern Baptist Convention's approach.

     

     

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