NOMINEE NARRATIVES 2023: NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR

In our final Nominee Narratives, we are excited to share more information about this year’s Nonprofit of the Year honorees.  Junior Auxiliary of Collierville, New Day Children’s Theatre, Page Robbins Adult Day Center, and the Rochelle Steven Foundation. These four organizations are true bright spots in our community. There is a strong sense of camaraderie among the nominees, as each expresses a fond appreciation for all nonprofits in the community. They couldn’t do what they do without each other.

Junior Auxiliary of Collierville

The women of the Junior Auxiliary of Collierville are passionate about providing service to the children of Collierville. With five percent of Collierville living beneath the poverty line, the Junior Auxiliary recognizes the need. Their Collierville Angel Tree provides Christmas presents with the help of Collierville Schools. Their Sweetheart Ball offers a night of music, dancing, food and fun for Collierville High School’s special needs children, the Stuff the Bus program provides children with backpacks full of school supplies. Rockin’ Rabbit hosts an Easter celebration for the underserved population. The Junior Auxiliary also engages with the whole community through a variety of events and offer an annual $2500 scholarship to a female Collierville High School graduate. The Junior Auxiliary of Collierville – Committed to Collierville, Passionate about Children and Leading by service.

New Day Children’s Theatre

Sure, they’re well known for their wonderful shows, but that’s hardly the essence of New Day Children’s Theatre. When children enter the world of the stage through New Day, they learn skills that will help them become successful in all areas of life. Regardless of race, skill, cognitive differences or ability to pay, New Day offers an exciting world of theater arts education and performing arts opportunities. With three main stage performances staged at Collierville’s Harrell theater and three performances during the summer, New Day presents a total of 27 performances a year, with 11 performances free of charge. Now located at Collierville United Methodist Church, New Day offers camps and classes for children ages 4 to 18 and is committed to a fun-filled and safe learning environment for all participants.

Page Robbins Adult Day Center

Every day, in every way possible, the Page Robbins Adult Day Center staff wants to provide clients and families with their best day ever. A warm welcome and smiling faces greet everyone who enters the doors. Page Robbns embraces joy, focusing not on memories and abilities lost, but on what loved ones can still celebrate and do. The care team includes a registered nurse, trained personal care assistants, activities coordinator, social worker, art instructors and music instructors. Therapy dog Daisy is a great cuddler and listener. Even personal care like showering, shaving, home style hair care can be provided for a reasonable fee. Page Robbins offers a clean and bright facility, giving families peace of mind that their loved one is safe with a caring staff.

Rochelle Stevens Foundation

“Achieving Dreams” serves as their motto, and their mission is simple: “To inspire and develop the next generation of runners in track and field, in academics and professional careers.” Led by two-time Olympic Gold and Silver medalist, 200-meter world record holder, author and motivational speaker Dr. Rochelle Stevens, the Rochelle Stevens Foundation impacts the lives of young athletes in underserved communities with scholarships, computers, shoes and other athletic equipment, transportation, and even school supplies. Additionally, the foundation changes lives through seminars, camps and competitions, all designed to help develop leadership and life skills. Since its establishment in 1991, they have mentored and assisted over 30,000 boys and girls, ages 6 to 1 in track and field, working with the underserved communities throughout the Southeast.

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