Focus Mid-South Magazine Announces Focus Awards 2023

Focus Mid-South Magazine Announces Focus Awards 2023 People’s Choice Award Recipients with Surprise $10,000 Prize

Focus Mid-South Magazine is thrilled to reveal the 2023 People’s Choice Award recipient, Mr. Eli Townsend, for his outstanding contributions and dedication. This prestigious award not only recognizes Mr. Townsend’s achievements but also empowers him to make a significant impact on our community.

As part of the People’s Choice Award tradition, Eli Townsend has chosen a nonprofit organization to receive the cash and ad prize. We are delighted to share that this year’s beneficiary is Mid-South Pride, a commendable organization making a difference year-round.

What makes this year even more remarkable is the incredible support and success of the Focus Awards. Thanks to the dedication of our readers and the broader community, we could award $5,000 to Mid-South Pride. However, there’s an exciting twist! A generous funder has stepped in with a matching donation, so Focus is adding to the award and doubling the prize to $10,000 in cash and ads for our award recipients.

Mid-South Pride’s tireless work and the impact they create in our community is truly deserving of this support. We invite all our readers and supporters to join us in congratulating all those involved and celebrating the power of community and recognition.

For more information about the 2023 People’s Choice Award and other updates from Focus Mid-South Magazine, please visit our website at

The check presentation occurred Friday, October 20, 2023, at the Cossitt Library during “An Evening with Chef Eli and Friends” event.

About Focus Mid-South Magazine:

Focus Mid-South Magazine is a publication dedicated to promoting diversity and celebrating the achievements and contributions of individuals and organizations in the Mid-South area. We are committed to being a platform for sharing inspiring stories and fostering community connections.