Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and his wife, Ruby Wharton, are sponsoring the Taste of Jubilee, an annual charity event, because of the big impact Jubilee Schools have had on their family.
The Whartons sent their children through schools that are now part of the Jubilee Schools. The schools now serve some of the poorest children in the city of Memphis. The Whartons have six boys. Five of them attended school at what are now Jubilee Schools.
"We're strong supporters of the Jubilee Schools," said Ruby Wharton. "Our children, while they were not referred to as Jubilee Schools at the time, went to Memphis Catholic and St. Augustine."
Jubilee Schools are the inner city Catholic schools that were shut down when much of the Catholic population moved to the suburbs. Eight schools were reopened by the Catholic Diocese of Memphis in 1999 to form the Jubilee Schools.
"The children who could benefit most from being enrolled in the Jubilee Schools are the ones who financially, can afford it least," Mayor Wharton said.
That's where the Blue Streak Foundation comes in. The foundation gives full and partial scholarships to Jubilee Schools students.
Nearly 95 percent of the children who attend Jubilee Schools are on scholarship and qualify for free or reduced lunch.
"I think there should be no income barrier between an individual who wants to get his or her child in a classroom they think is the best fitted for that child," Mayor Wharton said.
The Taste of Jubilee is Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at the Pink Palace Museum. Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door. The ticket includes food from some of Memphis' best restaurants, all drinks and entertainment.
For more information visit the Blue Streak Foundation's website.