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Music and Comedy Benefit Event

This benefit is to help Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2018 – Lindsey Becker raise money for her entry fee and travel expenses required to compete and represent the state of Tennessee in the Ms. Wheelchair America 2019 competition in Grand Rapids, MI as well as her travel expenses throughout her reign as Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2018. There will be a raffle/silent auction. All ticket sales and money raised through raffle/auction items at the event will benefit her and the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization.

The lineup for this Comedy & Music benefit is FANTASTIC! Click the link below to order your tickets now!

http://zaniesnashvilletickets.laughstub.com/event.cfm?cart&id=499213

18+ to attend. 21+ to drink. There will be a 2 item minimum. If you cannot attend, but would still like to contribute in some way, you can donate to the gofundme account at: https://www.gofundme.com/lindseys-ms-wheelchair-america-fee or contact me for more details.

Host: Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2018 – Lindsey Becker

Musicians:
Jamie Becker (Jamie Becker Music)
Danny Lee Dunn (Danny Lee Dunn)
Stevenson Everett (Stevenson Everett)

Comedians:
Brad Sativa (Comedian Brad Sativa)
Hannah Hogan (Hannah Hogan)
…and more!!!

Raffle/auction items from:
Nashville Predators
Nashville Zoo
Mary Kay
Twin Peaks
Kroger
…and more to come!

Zumba Benefit Event

Ms Wheelchair Tennessee is excited to announce the Ms Wheelchair Tennessee 2017, Andrea Klein’s Zumba Fundraising Event! The event will feature Zumba dancing lead by licensed instructors. T-shirts, wristbands, and bottled water will also be available. There will also be a Silent Auction with items from:

  • Tastefully Simple 
  • LuLaRoe
  • Pampered Chef
  • ThirtyOne
  • Premier Jewelry
  • Clay Divas Design
  • Arbonne
  • Pure Haven Essentials
  • Magnolia and Vine
  • Kindermusik

… and more! Admission will be at the door. Prices are listed below

  • Adults: $10.00
  • Children under twelve: $7.00

For more information, please contact Regina at 423-310-9557 or Andrea at 423-829-6729. 

All proceeds benefit Ms. Wheelchair 2017 who will represent the state at Ms. Wheelchair America. Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee is a non-profit organization with no paid staff. 

Farewell to a Great Advocate

Michael McGrath of Knoxville, TN passed away on October 6th 2015. His death was due to complications from his congestive heart failure. He was 34 years old.

Michael McGrath was a MWA “lifer”. He began supporting the Ms. Wheelchair America program as a resident of Maryland, where he befriended state coordinator, Robert Watson. Michael volunteered as a judge on several occasions and was fortunate to meet many of the women who would go on to compete for and win the title of Ms. Wheelchair America.

In 2009, he and Samantha Moreno happened to “meet” online and form a quick friendship. The two were linked not only as wheelchair users and individuals living with muscular dystrophy, but they also shared a desire to advocate for and with people with disabilities. Michael encouraged Samantha to compete for the title of Ms. Wheelchair Oklahoma, which is where she lived at the time. He also traveled to Michigan to cheer Samantha on as she competed for the title of Ms. Wheelchair America.

Michael and Samantha started a life together in Tennessee in 2011. Soon after, they were also asked to revive the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization. It was an exciting time and, while it was challenging, they brought life back to the program. Michael served as the organization Treasurer, webmaster, technical writer, and anywhere else he was needed. He was the true definition of the word Volunteer and never said “no” to anyone who needed his help.

Michael is survived by his loving family. Samantha wrote once after a Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee Crowning Ceremony: “Thank you to my husband Mike McGrath. When people are questioning my every judgement and when I feel like I can’t see the finish line, you are my peaceful getaway and constant encouraging presence.” He will be missed terribly.

Good Luck, Jenny!

On July 27th, Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee, Jenny Morton will take her very first airplane flight in her 32 years of life. She will be taking off for Des Moines, Iowa to compete in the national Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant. The competition begins as soon as all of the titleholders from each of the participating states arrive, and will culminate in the highly anticipated announcement of the new Ms. Wheelchair America.

The entire Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization would like to wish our Jenny Morton safe travels and all the best as she joins her fellow wheel sisters for what many competitors call a “life changing” event. The week is packed full of workshops, interviews with judges, and of course, fun. Jenny is “looking forward to making lifelong friends” and we know she will have no trouble doing this.

As Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee, Jenny Morton traveled across the state of Tennessee attending events and promoting the organization so that we can continue for years to come. Individuals who are interested in becoming the next Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee or would like to be involved in other ways may visit our website at www.mswheelchairtn.org or speak with the State Coordinator, Samantha at 865-441-6888.

Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee is charged with a continuing effort to educate the public regarding the dignity, productiveness and basic values of people with disabilities. She must be able to communicate both the needs and abilities of her constituency to the general public, the business community and government. Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee will have the opportunity to travel and make public appearances, and she will ultimately represent Tennessee at the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant.

Hootenanny at Volunteer Landing

The Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee organization is hosting a concert at Volunteer Landing Park – Central in Knoxville on June 6, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm. Included in this event are opening act, the Patio Pirates, a local country band from Knoxville. Our headliner will be the Nashville folk/country duo Me and Molly.

Seating is limited, but feel free to bring chairs and blankets. There will be soda for sale, as well as freebies, and a silent auction table with some great items!

Entry is $10. Donations, of course are always appreciated.

Ms. Wheelchair of Tennessee is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization. Funds raised will help Jenny Morton get to the national Ms. Wheelchair America competition in Des Moines, Iowa July 27-August 4th.

We hope to see all of our friends and family there!!!

Columbia woman wins Ms. Wheelchair title

Jenny Morton of Columbia was crowned this year’s Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee during a ceremony at the Tennessee School for the Blind on March 7.

Morton is expected to spend the next year traveling across the state to educate the public about individuals with a disability, spokesperson Samantha Moreno said.

“At the end of July she also will represented the state of Tennessee at the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant in Des Moines, Iowa,” Moreno said.

Morton said she is looking forward to educating the public about people with disabilities.

“The title is dream come true I am very excited about the upcoming year,” she said. “It’s my desire to help parents with children with disabilities that self esteem is very important.”

Morton, 32, was born with spina bidfida, a congenital disorder caused by incomplete closing of the embryonic neural tube.

She graduated from Central High School in 2001. She and her husband, James, have a son who attends Highland Park Elementary School.

Morton said she is an active volunteer at her son’s school and at Maury Regional Medical Center. She also graduated from the Partners in Policy making program — a training program for adults with disabilities and family members of person with disabilities.

The Ms. Wheelchair competition began in 1996. .to select the most accomplished and articulate spokesperson for people with disabilities across the state. Competitors take part in a yearly event which includes team-building exercises, educational workshops and several interviews by a panel of judges.

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Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser

Eat Wings. Raise Funds. It Pays.

Join us for dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings on February 2nd from 4-10pm.
Location:11431 Parkside Drive at Turkey Creek in Knoxville, TN
Details: Show up, hand your server the yellow fundraising ticket found below, and stuff your face! 10% of your bill will be donated to the Ms. Wheelchair of Tennessee organization.

Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2015 Crowning Ceremony

Four wonderful individuals came to compete in Nashville March 7, 2015 at the annual Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee crowning ceremony.

View the Crowning Ceremony Program

Congratulations to Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2015 Jenny Morton, Junior Miss Wheelchair Tennessee 2015 Rachel Godsey, and Little Miss Wheelchair Tennessee 2014-2015 Skylar Vaughn-Hisey.

People’s Choice Award – Jennifer McMillion

Best Speech – Jenny Morton

Ms. Congeniality – Jennifer McMillion

Advocacy Award – Chelsie Nitschke

Achievement Award – Rachel Godsey