MidtownMemphis.org announces virtual Wednesday “Happy Hour” 2020 MOJO Awards

Annual Mojo of Midtown Awards kicks off Sept. 30 with virtual happy hours to ‘maximize the mojo’

Updated from the February, 2020 announcement

The annual Mojo of Midtown Awards Bash, presented by MidtownMemphis.org and typically held each year in front of a live audience at the Circuit Playhouse each March, may have been forced out of the theater this year due to COVID-19, but the show will go on this fall. 

Make that shows, plural.

To honor this year’s Mojo of Midtown Award recipients, MidtownMemphis.org is presenting a series of awards happy hours, each honoring one award recipient, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30. With seven total sessions – six announced award recipients plus one surprise, unannounced award recipient – these bi-weekly sessions will be held every other Wednesday through the end of the year. See full recipient list below.

Music plus Talk

Each Mojo Award Happy Hour will feature live music and talk. The sessions will be live-streamed and also recorded for free downloads, and will feature a Q&A with Midtown Connects host Porsche Stevens and live music by a local Midtown musician. See details below.

“Our annual awards Bash is always held on a Wednesday evening around happy hour, just in time for those great after-work conversations,” said Midtown’s President-Elect Mark Fleischer, “so we thought we’d carry on that tradition by hosting these sessions on Wednesday evenings.”

“Happy Hour means a little background music, a cocktail, and both casual and deep conversation after work,” said Midtown’s Vice-President-Elect Porsche Stevens. “Come out and join us for a virtual evening of music, conversation and cocktails, a really hip way to celebrate the Mojo Awards!”

“These happy hour sessions will be a way for us to not only formally honor our awards recipients,” said Fleischer, “but it will also showcase our Midtown Connects interview series and give Porsche a chance to chat with recipients about their Midtown connections, their current projects during this challenging year and what their plans are for the future.”

MidtownMemphis.org presents The Mojo of Midtown Awards, on Happy-Hour Wednesdays

(the following dates are Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm): September 30; October 14; October 28; November 11; November 25; December 9; December 23

To attend the September 30 session, please register for your free ticket here at Eventbrite


For this the sixth Mojo of Midtown Awards, MidtownMemphis.Org (Midtown Memphis Development Corporation) has announced the recipients of their 2020 Mojo of Midtown Awards, named for their significant contributions to the growth and vibrancy of Midtown. 

The honorees this year reflect a perseverance and passion for connecting Midtowners and Memphians and for building a vibrant, diverse and creative Midtown. They are:

The Memphis College of Art for helping generations of dreamers to become artists.  Their art, and it’s everywhere we look, is the college’s enduring legacy. 

Kathy and Kelly Fish for giving over their home and back yard for Cocktails For A Cause, raising money and awareness for too many causes to name.

Jerry Feinstone of Boscos, for brewing up Tennessee’s first brewpub and for serving it up since 1992 in Overton Square.

Emily Trenholm, for twenty years of vision with the CD Council and BLDG Memphis, growing community development corporations while helping to create thriving, sustainable neighborhoods. September 30th! Register here for your free online tickets!

LaVogue Salon, owned and operated by Adrienne Roddy. For thirty years of helping her clients look and feel their best. And for being a rock through Midtown’s ups and downs.

The Memphis Zoo for bringing in fresh leadership with the willingness to build a new and inclusive future. And for bringing back the roar to a Midtown landmark.

Over 30 Midtown individuals, businesses and organizations have been recipients since the first awards were handed out in 2015. Recipients receive a customized, hand-crafted and framed award made by Karen Capps:

The coveted Mojo Award. Hand-crafted by Karen Capps (KarenBottleCapps), each award is custom made for each recipient and presented during the Mojo of Midtown Awards Bash. Pictured are the 2018 awards.

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MidtownMemphis.Org was established in 2007 as the Midtown Memphis Development Corporation, a non-profit serving as Midtown Memphis’ advocate, a voice for the neighborhoods and businesses of Midtown, and for fostering public awareness of Midtown’s assets and amenities. 

The annual Mojo of Midtown Awards Bash is held annually at the Circuit Playhouse on Cooper at Union.

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