Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc., (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, has announced that it will be the title sponsor of the 22nd Annual Youth Villages Soup Sunday on February 27, 2011 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn. The popular annual fundraiser, which benefits the children and families helped by Youth Villages, attracts more than 2,000 soup lovers and Youth Villages supporters each year and is one of the organization’s largest fundraising events.
Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. Headquartered in Memphis, Youth Villages this year will help more than 17,000 children and families in ten states and Washington, D.C., through a wide array of programs, including intensive in-home services, residential treatment, foster care and adoption, transitional living services, mentoring and crisis services. Youth Villages’ focus on strengthening families consistently produces an 80 percent success rate of children living successfully at home with family two years after completing a Youth Villages program.
“We are very excited about this new partnership with Konica Minolta,” said Richard Shaw, Chief Development Officer, Youth Villages. “It’s a major boost for this important event that is beloved by our community and a wonderful way for people to show their support for Youth Villages and the more than 17,000 children and families we help every year. We are proud to have Konica Minolta on board and to be recognized by them as a leader in the field of children’s and family services.”
Soup Sunday features a wide variety of soups, specialty items, breads and desserts provided by unique and popular Memphis-area restaurants for unlimited sampling. Youth Villages is looking for restaurants and bakeries to participate in the 2011 Soup Sunday. Restaurants and vendors may provide one or more items in the following categories: soup, gumbo, specialty item, bread or dessert. To sign up, call Aaron Keegan, Development Manager, Youth Villages, at 901.251.4827 or Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are proud to sponsor this annual event hosted by Youth Villages that promises both a great turnout and a tremendous benefit to the communities that the organization serves,” Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “In partnership with our friends at Youth Villages, we aim to position Soup Sunday 2011 as a premier family fun experience, and the excitement is already building in Memphis for the event.”