I have always been proud to be an entrepreneur and one of
the biggest "perks" of my job (in my opinion) is that I have the
freedom to run my business the way I want to run it. And at ISI, I have always
said that giving back to the community "is not an option for us but an
obligation" In my mind, it's just that simple. And to that point, I
constantly challenge ISI employees to understand that it is not enough for the
company to be successful but strive for us to be "significant" as
One community organization that ISI has been proud to
support in the past few years is the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis The Ronald McDonald House
Charities® of Memphis - at no charge to their guests - provides supportive
services and a "home-away-from-home" for St. Jude families and their children receiving
treatment for cancer and other catastrophic illnesses.
Families are stronger when they are together, and their
presence helps a sick child heal faster and cope better. While Ronald McDonald
House Charities® of Memphis cannot make medicine taste better or take away
painful treatments, they do help lessen
the burden and ensure families have the stability and resources to keep their
child healthy and happy. Because of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis,
families can face the weight of illness together.
One fundraising event that donates 100% of its proceeds
to the Ronald McDonald House is the Southern Hot Wing Festival which has been
staged in downtown Memphis for the past 13 years. To date, this nonprofit event
has raised over $150,000 in financial support for this worthy organization.
This signature fundraiser event features great music targeting a diverse array
of Memphis and regional natives with an unquenchable hunger for fun,
entertainment, and outdoor entertainment. And when presented the opportunity
for ISI to be a sponsor for the Hot Wing Festival this year, it wasn't a
difficult decision A fun event supporting a great cause-we were only too happy
to help out!
The funny thing is
while Memphis has a worldwide reputation for excellent barbecue, after this weekend, I think that hot wings might need to be added to the list of
local culinary delights. And the best part? Lots of money was raised to
continue supporting one of the finest organizations in the city of Memphis.