FRF Honored With CVB Visionary Award
In ceremonies held yesterday at the War memorial auditorium in downtown Jackson, Fondren Renaissance Foundation was awarded the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau’s highest honor during their 23rd annual SUMIT Awards.
FRF received the organization’s Visionary Award, a distinction that recognizes industry partners and corporations and new standards of involvement to develop Jackson’s tourism future. The Visionary Award was created “to honor the vision of ordinary individual or group who spearheaded an idea where end result had positive result on city of Jackson.”
“It’s validation that the efforts on behalf of the neighborhood and the business district over the last nearly fifteen years have brought us to where we are,” said Fondren Renaissance Executive Director Jim Wilkirson, who accepted the award on behalf of the organization. “It’s our neighborhoods within Fondren and our partners throughout the community that make this possible. Receiving this award from the CVB pushes us to continue to extend an arm of assistance to other areas of the city to help them further develop as we have.”
Founded in 2002, Fondren Renaissance Foundation, a 501(c)3 “non-profit,” came from the marriage of two previous organizations functioning as separate but partnering entities. FRF’s mission, “to promote the preservation and revitalization of the greater Fondren community and empower people, organizations, and neighborhoods to contribute to the economic growth, stability and quality of life in Fondren,” has lead to a bevy of free activities such as Symphony at Sunset, Fondren’s Zippity Doo Dah® Weekend and the Four Seasons of The Cedars visual and performing arts series. FRF’s partnerships with St. Dominic Hospital for the Phoenix Initiative, a housing facade grant program; area churches and neighboring organizations like Greater Belhaven and LeFleur East are additionally noted for the positive impact this organization is having upon its community.