Tom Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated radio program, the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” and founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation held a live fundraising broadcast on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Paul Quinn College as part of North Texas Giving Day. Joyner’s radio cohorts, J. Anthony Brown and Sybil Wilkes, joined him in the effort.
State Sen. Royce West, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, state Rep. Eric Johnson and Dr. Frederick Haynes III of Friendship West Baptist Church came out to donate and network with celebrity guests and city leaders for the Giving Day festivities.
Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn, explained the fundraising broadcast by saying that “The We Over Me Community Garden is located on two acres of what used to be the college’s football field. Its purpose is to provide affordable and healthy food options in Southern Dallas and it serves as a model for urban redevelopment to promote healthy eating and living in an area known as the food desert. The goal is to raise $50,000 for the we over me farm to purchase items to convert manual processes for efficiency and increased production.”
Celebrity chef and executive chef of the Private Social Restaurant in Dallas Tiffany Derry served specially prepared samples featuring fresh produce and herbs from the community garden to the celebrity guests and local attendees from 7 a.m. to midnight. “This is a wonderful cause,” said Perry. I’m so honored to showcase the gardens wonderful produce threw my culinary techniques.”
Pictures by: Michael Savoie Photography