The Focus Awards

…are the Mid-South’s premier awards for recognizing LGBT+ persons and allies who are making a significant impact on the LGBT community through their leadership, career achievements and personal qualities, and who also inspire others to excel.

This red carpet event will be held Thursday, August 23, 2018, at The Atrium in Overton Square and will feature an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. The event will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. with red carpet photos followed by a cocktail reception and awards presentation.

Dress code for this event is semi-formal.

Early Bird Tickets available May 15, 2018, with tables (seats 8) at $350 and individual tickets at $50.

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The Focus Awards are produced by The Focus Center Foundation, 501c3.

Announcing all of our amazing 2018 Focus Award nominees!

This year, we are pleased to announce the Legacy Award winner is The Pumping Station!

For the better part of two decades, The Pumping Station has been a welcoming place for many who live and visit Memphis. The bar has always made a point to give back to its community by hosting events, donating money, fundraising, working with local nonprofits, and even making the holidays better for others who are less fortunate. In its time in existence, The Pumping Station has seen some changes and proven to evolve with time and its patrons. The full-service 21 and up bar has become a staple in Midtown Memphis and has the best treehouse around. Providing a place that has given so much to the community and served its customers is what makes The Pumping Station shine. Join us in congratulating Steve, Robert, and the whole staff at The Pumping Station on their Legacy Award.

Congratulations to Robin Beaudoin, winner of the Focus Awards 2018 Publisher’s Award.

The Publisher’s Award is a distinguished award given to someone who excels in participation with Focus Magazine, supports LGBT+ causes, and inspires others to be engaged. This award is designated by our Publisher and awarded to an individual or group that he sees has tremendously progressed Memphis, our community, our partners, and our readers.

Focus Awards 2018 Sponsors

 

Focus Awards 2017 Recipients

 

Award Categories

The Visionary Award
Awarded to an LGBT person aged 30 or older whose work has created opportunities, or will have long-lasting benefits in the Mid-South LGBT community.

The Trailblazer Award
Awarded to an LGBT person aged 30 or younger whose work has created opportunities, or will have long-lasting benefits in the Mid-South LGBT community.

The Allie Award
An ally of any age whose work has created opportunities, or will have long lasting benefits in the Mid-South LGBT community.

The People's Choice Award
An LGBT person or ally of any age. Nominations will be submitted online. Top vote getters will be sent to a panel of judges for final determination of winner.