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Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards

Diane Giddens, Mary Pearce honored with top awards
at annual Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards

Mary Pearce, longtime executive director of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, was honored Wednesday, Aug. 17, by Franklin Tomorrow with the 2016 Business Legacy Award for the impact of her work in creating a positive business climate and an enhanced quality of life in Williamson County.

The Business Legacy Award recognizes an individual who has made significant impact in the areas of business, quality of life, and leadership. Pearce has been with the Heritage Foundation since 1987 and during that time has seen Franklin’s historic downtown gain recognition nationally as an example of historic preservation and restoration. Earlier this year, she received the Presidential Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the organization’s highest award, honoring her career in preservation.

Business Legacy Award winner Mary Pearce with her husband Harris, daughter Holly, and grandchildren Andrew and Evie after the ceremony at the Franklin Theatre.

Business Legacy Award winner Mary Pearce with her husband Harris, daughter Holly, and grandchildren Andrew and Evie after the ceremony at the Franklin Theatre.

Speaking on her behalf were Heritage Foundation Board Chair Julian Bibb and Ed Silva, a former board chair who worked with Pearce and others on the implementation of the Streetscape program in downtown Franklin, which while providing beautification of the downtown area was billed as an economic development project as well.

Under her tenure, the Heritage Foundation has been instrumental in preserving thousands of acres of green space in Williamson County, ensuring that new development fits the historic and geographic context, and saving more than 50 historic buildings from the wrecking ball, including the Franklin Theatre and the Old, Old Jail.

Receiving the Anne T. Rutherford Exemplary Community Volunteer Award was Diane Giddens for her tireless work for organizations such as WAVES, Youth Leadership Franklin, and the Williamson County Fair.

Diane Giddens accepts the Anne T. Rutherford Exemplary Community Volunteer Award from Anne T. Rutherford while flanked by nominators Debbie Henry (left) and Paula Harris (right).

Diane Giddens accepts the Anne T. Rutherford Exemplary Community Volunteer Award from Anne T. Rutherford while flanked by nominators Debbie Henry (left) and Paula Harris (right).

“Diane Giddens is one of those extraordinary people who leave a lasting handprint on the heart of all and on her extraordinary Williamson County,” nominators Paula Harris and Debbie Henry wrote in their nomination. “Her legacy is her passionate love and work for and unselfish dedication to the betterment of Williamson County and its people. It has been said that hard work and a giving heart spotlights the character of an individual; this exemplifies Diane Giddens.”

Volunteer Spirit Awards were given to Ann Bright, Pro-Health Medical Services; Kathie Moore, Franklin Tomorrow and Williamson County Association of Realtors; and Paula Harris, Leadership Franklin and Williamson Inc.

The Youth Initiative Award was presented to Katie Shelton, a Page High School junior, for her work with High School Heroes and the Dream Center, but also her practice of random acts of kindness in the community.

“At a time when many teens are consumed with consumerism and the developing brain is naturally self-absorbed, Kate stands out as someone who is making a very real difference in her sphere of influence,” said Ondrea Johnson in nominating Shelton.

Receiving the Corporate Volunteer Achievement Award was Christine Smalley of Jackson National Life. Smalley has been an active member of the volunteer program at Jackson for many years and is passionate about engaging children, and especially girls, in technology and exposing IT as a career path. She has planned, recruited additional volunteers and led a coding workshop for middle school girls with WiTT/Adventure Science Center for two years. Outside of technology, Smalley is an active volunteer with Jackson’s volunteer programs at Second Harvest Food Bank and the Nashville Food Project. Not only does she volunteer at these programs but she also engages her children in her volunteer service with her. She, her children and their dog are often found supporting many causes including the Ronald McDonald House during the Hustle for the House and the March of Dimes’ March for Babies.

Tractor Supply Co. received the Corporate Team Award for its work with numerous agencies, as described in a nomination from United Way of Williamson County, as well as specific work described in a nomination from local nonprofit SaddleUp!

“Both as a company and through the support of individual employees, Tractor Supply Company makes a big difference in multiple ways,” said Cheryl Scutt, SaddleUp! executive director. “From the barn to the Board, Tractor Supply Company models excellence in service to the community. Since 2005, the company has been the presenting sponsor of our largest fundraising event, the Music Country Grand Prix. Its visible leadership and support has also helped Saddle Up! expand support from other businesses.”

A few examples of Tractor Supply Co. employees making a difference: serving as volunteers in SaddleUp! programs; regularly performing group volunteer projects around the farm (including 250 employees volunteering on the same day to paint fences); Board membership and leadership; and, through their generous financial support.

The Civic Group Award was presented to both the Franklin Firefighters Charities, nominated by Williamson County CASA, and Franklin Noon Rotary, nominated for its long history of service to numerous organizations and an outstanding year recently.

The late Roy Barker was remembered for his life of service with Ned Lea Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Making the event possible as partners were FirstBank, Williamson Medical Center, and Vanderbilt University’s Office of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations. Acting as partners were Buerger Moseley Carson, PARKS Realty, and Franklin Rotary at Breakfast.

Patrons supporters for the event were The TMA Group and Signs First. Supporters were 61st District State Rep. Charles Sargent, 63rd District State Rep. Glen Casada, 23rd District State Sen. Jack Johnson, Ernie & Nell Bacon, Benchmark Realty, Deana Hood, Attorney at Law, The BBB Integrity Foundation, District Attorney General Kim Helper, and Ryan Search & Consulting.

Nominations for the annual awards were received from more than 20 nonprofits and individuals recognizing the “stars of our community.”

In 2007, Franklin Tomorrow established the Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards to honor the decades of service and tremendous impact of Anne T. Rutherford, a founding member of Franklin Tomorrow and an active volunteer for many community organizations. Additional awards have been added as the awards continued.

In each category, Franklin Tomorrow makes a donation in each award recipient’s name to the nonprofit of their choice.

Photo album courtesy of Brandy Blanton & Southern Exposure magazine

Volunteer Spirit Award nominees announced in Aug. 17 Community Volunteer Awards

The 1oth annual Franklin Tomorrow Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards are set for Aug. 17 at the Franklin Theatre and the wide array of nominees shows that many people in our community are doing good works, either as individuals or part of a group, and few seek recognition.

Untitled-1The event will begin at 7 p.m. following a 5:30 p.m. reception at First Bank at Five Points for nominees, their families and ticketholders to the event.

Almost 20 different organizations and volunteers supporting them are nominated in the Volunteer Spirit Award category, of which three winners will be named during the event.

Nominees for the Volunteer Spirit Awards include: Alison Kirk, High Hopes; Ann Bright, Pro Health Medical Services; Ashlyn Hines Meneguzzi, O’More College of Design, Barbara Griffy, Graceworks Ministries; Cyril Stewart, Heritage Foundation; Dan & Rachel Williamson, Franklin First United Methodist Room In The Inn; Dave Crouch, Williamson Inc.; Diane Giddens, WAVES Inc. and Williamson County Fair; Donna Choate, Graceworks Ministries; J. Edward & Brenda Tuck Campbell, Heritage Foundation and other agencies; Jim & Jackie Woodard, Big Brothers Big Sisters; John Kimball, Boy Scouts of America, Middle Tennessee Council; Karen & Tim Costello, Graceworks Ministries; Kathie Moore, Franklin Tomorrow and Williamson County Association of Realtors; Paula Harris, Leadership Franklin and Williamson Inc.; Rick Jansen, United Way of Williamson County;Shannon Seiler, Mid-Cumberland Meals on Wheels; and Sharon Bottorff, Sister Cities of Franklin & Williamson County.

Individuals eligible for these awards are involved either in a variety of community activities or primarily in one organization as a significant volunteer. The effect of their work, either collectively in the community or primarily in one organization, has a profound impact. This individual stands out as altering the environment around them simply by their service and heart for their community.

It is from this category also that the recipient of the night’s top volunteer award, the Anne T. Rutherford Exemplary Community Volunteer Award, is chosen.

Individuals eligible for this award are involved in a variety of community activities. The collective effect of their work has impact on the agencies themselves and the community at large. Consideration is given to each nominee’s variety of work and overall impact.

Only one award is given annually and will be presented by Anne Rutherford herself, along with Franklin Tomorrow President Tim Murphy.

For the third year, Franklin Tomorrow will present the Legacy Award, a continuation of the Business Legends Award previously presented by the Williamson County-Franklin Chamber of Commerce. This award will recognize an individual or individuals who have made significant impact in the areas of business, quality of life, and leadership.

Awards also to be presented will recognize Civic Groups, Corporate Volunteer Teams, as well as Individual Corporate volunteers. Also being presented will be the Volunteer Spirit and Youth Initiative Awards, and the Ned Lea Lifetime Achievement Award, this year bestowed upon the late Roy Barker.

The Ned Lea Lifetime Achievement Award is presented posthumously to recognize individuals who have had a significant impact for one organization or on their community through their life. They exemplify a heart of service and a dedication to the community at large.

Tickets are available through the Franklin Theatre at www.franklintheatre.com. Making the event possible as Platinum Partners are FirstBank, Williamson Medical Center, and Vanderbilt University’s Office of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations. Acting as partners are Buerger Moseley Carson, PARKS Realty, and Franklin Rotary at Breakfast.

Patron supporters for the event are The TMA Group and Signs First. Supporters are 61st District State Rep. Charles Sargent; 63rd District State Rep. Glen Casada; 23rd District State Sen. Jack Johnson; Ernie & Nell Bacon; Benchmark Realty; Deana Hood, Attorney at Law;, The BBB Integrity Foundation; District Attorney General Kim Helper; and Ryan Search & Consulting.

Franklin Tomorrow is the community visioning nonprofit which seeks to engage the community, foster collaboration, and advocate for a shared vision for the future of Franklin. That shared vision includes a vibrant economy, distinct character, robust neighborhoods, and great people.


The late Roy Barker to be honored Aug. 17 with Ned Lea Lifetime Achievement Award at Franklin Tomorrow Volunteer Awards, other nominees announced

As part of the 10th annual Franklin Tomorrow Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards and Volunteer Spirit Awards, set for Aug. 17, the Ned Lea Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented posthumously to the late Roy Barker.

The award will be presented at the Franklin Theatre as part of the 10th annual Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards and Volunteer Spirit Awards. The event will begin at 7 p.m. following a 5:30 p.m. reception at First Bank at Five Points for nominees, their families and ticketholders to the event..

The awards presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through the Franklin Theatre at www.franklintheatre.com. Making the event possible as partners are FirstBank, Williamson Medical Center, and Vanderbilt University’s Office of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations. Acting as partners are Buerger Moseley Carson, PARKS Realty, and Franklin Rotary at Breakfast.

The Ned Lea Lifetime Achievement Award is presented posthumously to recognize individuals who have had a significant impact for one organization or on their community through their life. They exemplify a heart of service and a dedication to the community at large.

Roy Barker

Roy Barker

Barker, who died in March 2016, was known as a quiet, civic-minded leader who rarely sought attention for his work, instead choosing to be constant source of encouragement and leadership by example.

He was nominated by Derby Jones, publisher of the Williamson Herald.

“I only knew Roy Barker for the past 10 years of his life. The first thing I learned about Mr. Barker, as I called him, was the he was true World War II hero,” Jones wrote in his nomination. “He was seriously wounded by German machine gun during the war. His left arm was paralyzed but he did regain partial use of his arm.

“I never once heard him complain about his handicap. I just noticed how he adapted to not having use of his left arm,” Jones said, adding despite Barker’s injury, “He was dedicated to working at the (Franklin Noon Rotary) Rodeo every year, despite his health, he would be there.”

Barker was a Williamson County native who spent his professional life in the insurance business, although his short adventure as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives in the early 1960s is credited as being the force behind construction of New Highway 96 West, giving a better connection between the Fairview and the county seat of Franklin.

As publisher of the Williamson Herald, Jones was not the first young businessman Barker mentored and supported, but to Jones, it had special meaning.

“He took me under his wing because he wanted to see a newspaper survive and thrive in this community. He cared about this community, always making sure I knew of locals that passed away and what they meant to the community,” Jones said in his nomination. “He encouraged me to join the Franklin Noon Rotary Club, which was his passion. He was very involved with the American Legion and was a proud veteran. I would not be here today if not for Roy Barker’s influence and passion for community involvement.”

Barker had served as the Franklin Noon Rotary President, was a delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention and served on the Franklin Planning Commission for 17 years.

As a veteran, he was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation and the Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award. He was an active member of the American Legion Post 22 and a past post commander.

The top award of the evening is the Anne T. Rutherford Exemplary Community Volunteer Award, chosen from nominations submitted by more than 30 local nonprofit organizations or charities.

Awards also to be presented will recognize Civic Groups, Corporate Volunteer Teams, as well as Individual Corporate volunteers. Also being presented will be the Volunteer Spirit and Youth Initiative Awards.

For the third year, Franklin Tomorrow will present the Legacy Award, a continuation of the Business Legends Award previously presented by the Williamson County-Franklin Chamber of Commerce. This award will recognize an individual or individuals who have made significant impact in the areas of business, quality of life, and leadership.

To read more about nominees for other awards, click the link below.

2016 Nominees listing

Patrons supporters for the event are The TMA Group and Signs First. Supporters are 61st District State Rep. Charles Sargent, 63rd District State Rep. Glen Casada, 23rd District State Sen. Jack Johnson, Ernie & Nell Bacon, Benchmark Realty, Deana Hood, Attorney at Law, The BBB Integrity Foundation, District Attorney General Kim Helper, and Ryan Search & Consulting.

Franklin Tomorrow is the community visioning nonprofit which seeks to engage the community, foster collaboration, and advocate for a shared vision for the future of Franklin. That shared vision includes a vibrant economy, distinct character, robust neighborhoods, and great people.

10th annual Exemplary Volunteer Award tickets on sale this week for Aug. 17 event

Franklin Tomorrow’s 10th annual Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards will be held Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Franklin Theatre, with the program starting at 7 p.m.

The awards recognize the “Stars of Our Community” for the good works they do for area nonprofits and organizations.

Awards are given in the categories of Volunteer Spirit, Youth Initiative, Civic Group, Corporate Team, Corporate Individual, with top award of the night being the Anne T. Rutherford Exemplary Community Volunteer Award.

Franklin Tomorrow also presents the Business Legacy Award to honor an individual or individuals who have made a deep impact on our community through their philanthropy.

Each recipient receives a cash prize to be donated to the nonprofit of their choice.

Tickets will go on sale this week through the Franklin Theatre Website.

Partnering with Franklin Tomorrow this year to present the awards are FirstBank, Williamson Medical Center, Vanderbilt University’s Office of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations, as well as Buerger Moseley Carson, PARKS Realty, and Franklin Rotary at Breakfast. Additional partners include The TMA Group and Signs First. Supporters are 61st District State Rep. Charles Sargent, 63rd District State Rep. Glen Casada, 23rd District State Sen. Jack Johnson, Ernie & Nell Bacon, Benchmark Realty, The BBB Integrity Foundation, District Attorney General Kim Helper, and Ryan Search & Consulting.

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Call for nominations issued for 10th annual
Franklin Tomorrow Community Volunteer Awards

Deadline is July 15 for nominations for Aug. 17 event

The call for nominations for the 10th annual Franklin Tomorrow Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards has gone out, according to Franklin Tomorrow Board President Tim Murphy.

The awards will be presented August 17 during an event open to the public at the Franklin Theatre.

“Through these awards, Franklin Tomorrow hopes to show what can happen when volunteers come together to make an impact on our community,” Murphy said. “Nominations are accepted in a variety of categories from individuals, nonprofit organizations and other entities, such as schools and businesses.”

In 2007, Franklin Tomorrow established the Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards to honor the decades of service and tremendous impact of Anne T. Rutherford, a founding member of Franklin Tomorrow and an active volunteer for many community organizations. The award recognizes the collective effort of an individual’s work and the impact on the agencies themselves and the community at large. One award is given annually.

The Volunteer Spirit and the Youth Initiative Awards were created to allow more people to be honored for selflessly supporting local non-profit organizations or agencies. The Ned Lea Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2011 to posthumously honor an exemplary volunteer. While not presented annually, nominations are accepted each year. Other awards may be created by the Board of Franklin Tomorrow to recognize significant achievement.

In its third year, the Civic Group Award will honor representatives of civic, membership, congregation or non-corporate groups that volunteer together for a cause, while the Corporate Team Award will recognize companies that see the value of giving back to their community through successful volunteer programs with high levels of participation and impact.

Finally, the Corporate Volunteer Award will recognize an individual who as part of a company-sponsored volunteer program or event has made a significant contribution to one or more organizations.

A $500 grant to the winner’s non-profit of choice accompanies the Anne T. Rutherford Award, while a $250 grant accompanies the other awards.

To download a nomination packet, please follow this link:

2016 Volunteer Awards nomination packet

If you have questions, please email Mindy Tate, Franklin Tomorrow Executive Director.

Results of the 2015 Volunteer Awards ceremony can be found below.

Winners announced in 2015 Exemplary Volunteer Awards

Jerry and Frances Bozeman of Franklin were honored Wednesday, July 22, 2015, by Franklin Tomorrow with the 2015 Anne T. Rutherford Exemplary Community Volunteer Award for their dedicated service to My Friend’s House Family & Children’s Services.

“When Frances visited (My Friend’s House) for the first time 15 years ago and learned that the boys could only have milk at breakfast due to limited funds, she made the decision for herself and Jerry that the residents of My Friend’s House would never go without milk again,” said Mindy Tate, Franklin Tomorrow executive director, in making the presentation. “Weekly, the couple provides milk, orange juice, and apple juice, as well as vegetables from their garden to ensure the boys’ have a healthy diet.”

The couple also participates in Meals on Wheels, sends care packages to soldiers overseas, and responds to needs in the community as they arise.

Receiving Business Legacy Awards were Ralph Drury for A Vintage Affair, and Calvin and Marilyn LeHew for their dedication as community philanthropists.

In the 15 years since Drury started A Vintage Affair, it has raised almost $1.5 million for charities helping women and children in Williamson County. More than just lending his name and funds to the effort, Ralph has worked tirelessly to create first an event, A Vintage Affair, and then transforming an event into an organization.

“Ralph Drury has demonstrated for years, through his tireless effort, his financial commitment and his everyday life, an unwavering love for his community and his generous spirit,” said Kathie Moore, Franklin Tomorrow Board of Directors president. “For his unbelievable effort and commitment, Ralph is truly deserving of recognition for his impact on the quality of life in Franklin and Williamson County.”

In honoring the LeHews, emcee Tom Lawrence pointed to the variety of organizations they couple has supported and the positive impact of their support.

“It is not too much of a simplification to say that without Calvin and Marilyn LeHew, Franklin, Tenn., could be just another town off a busy interstate, with a boarded-up Main Street and a lack of pride in its history,” Lawrence said. “As Calvin likes to say, it could be Anywhere USA instead of the dynamic, unique, and cherished community that it is.

“Tonight we are recognizing the LeHews not only for their business acumen and dedication, but for their giving hearts which have led them to undertake projects big and small. To try and list the nonprofit organizations or projects supported by Calvin and Marilyn would be too difficult, often because they do not seek the spotlight for their philanthropy unless it will encourage others to give,” he said.

Volunteer Spirit Awards were given to Mike Jones for his work in founding First United Methodist Church’s The Giving Garden, which to date this year has produced more than 13,000 pounds of fresh produce and vegetables to families and organizations in need.

Also receiving a Volunteer Spirit Award was Judy Moser, nominated by Graceworks Ministries, used her self-declared talents of interior decorating and shopping to assist in the Boutique of Graceworks. The organization credits the value generated by her volunteer work at more than $500,000 since she began volunteering with the organization.

Youth Initiative Awards were presented to all three nominees in the category —  Gracie Pfaff, Harvest 107; Barrett Patton, High Hopes; and Miller Garrett, Franklin’s Charge.

Pfaff was nominated by Cathy Montgomery of the Williamson County Health Department. At age 12, Pfaff believed she could make a difference not just in her community, but in the world. She founded Harvest 107, a nonprofit organization creating fresh and sustainable food sources to low-income communities in the United States and developing countries around the globe. Her first micro-garden was at New Hope Academy and feeds 24 needy families on a continual basis.

Patton, nominated by Gail Powell of High Hopes Inc., has dedicated his youth to assisting the High Hopes Development Center with his time and efforts. Barrett has spoken at engagements and in videos for the program and his words have helped the organization in many priceless ways.

Garrett, nominated by Stacey Watson of Franklin’s Charge, is a young man who has spent most of his life in Scouting, recently earning the rank of Eagle Scout. His time with Boy Scouts has been used to help improve the quality of local areas, including his Eagle Scout project to clear brush from the future site of Carter Hill Park on Columbia Avenue.

Receiving the Corporate Volunteer Achievement Award was Stacey S. Watson of Stites & Harbison. Over the course of nearly 15 years as Director of Community Development for Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Stacey Suzanne Watson has assisted dozens of non-profit organizations from start up through major initiatives that have had a major impact on the quality of life in Franklin and Williamson County.

More than $20 million has been raised through public-private partnerships, 30 new non-profits have been developed, and many others have been cultivated and enhanced with Stacey’s involvement. Notable examples include Mercy Children’s Clinic, the Land Trust for Tennessee, the 21st Judicial Drug Court, the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, Williamson County CASA, New Hope Academy, Franklin’s Charge, Franklin Tomorrow, Hard Bargain/Mount Hope Redevelopment, the African-American Heritage Society and the Education Foundation of Williamson County.

Jackson National Life’s Internet Technology Team received the Corporate Team Award for using the combined skills and talents in helping promote female roles in career paths related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, also known as STEM. The department helps interact with local youth and connects interested girls with women in the career field through the annual Tennessee Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Research, or TWISTER, conference. The company also interacts weekly with students at Woodland Middle School in the Creative Coding Club.

The Civic Group Award was presented to Brentwood Photography Club, which was nominated by BrightStone. The group of photography volunteers has provided photography services for several events and occasions and has helped enormously by relaying important, heartening messages in professional quality photographs.

The late Tommy Murdic and the late Clint Callicott were remembered for their lives of service with Ned Lea Lifetime Achievement Awards. Family members of both men were present to receive the awards. Murdic, nominated by Robert Hicks, was honored for his lifetime of overcoming barriers and helping in creating Franklin’s Charge, but also for his service on the Williamson County Board of Commissioners, African American Heritage Society, Franklin Planning Commission and numerous other groups.

Callicott, who died in June of this year, was for many Williamson Countians and Tennesseans, a legend in leadership and in setting an example of staying true to one’s community roots. Whether on the Williamson County Quarterly Court or County Commission or in the state House of Representatives, Callicott was known as a man of the people. Callicott was instrumental in setting the foundation for the formation of the Williamson County Parks and Recreation department as well as bringing the Ag Expo Park to the county.

Underwriting the 2015 Franklin Tomorrow Community Volunteer Awards were Patterson Intellectual Property Law, Middle Tennessee Electric, PARKS Realty and Lipman Bros.

Additional partners include Buerger Moseley Carson, First State Bank, Pam Lewis of PLA Media, Benchmark Realty, and Vanderbilt University’s office of Community, Neighborhood, and Government Relations,

Thank you to Ernie & Nell Bacon for being patrons of the event.

Supporters include Sen. Jack Johnson, State Rep. Charles Sargent, The TMA Group, The BBB Integrity Foundation, Cordia Harrington, State Rep. Glen Casada, and the Williamson Herald.

Nominations for the annual awards were received from more than 30 nonprofits and individuals recognizing the “stars of our community.” Local Realtors J. Edward and Brenda Tuck Campbell were co-chairs for the event, which is open to the public.

In 2007, Franklin Tomorrow established the Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards to honor the decades of service and tremendous impact of Anne T. Rutherford, a founding member of Franklin Tomorrow and an active volunteer for many community organizations. Additional awards have been added as the awards continued.

In each category, Franklin Tomorrow makes a donation in each award recipient’s name to the nonprofit of their choice.

All photos courtesy of Debbie Smartt, www.smarttimages.com

The ninth annual Franklin Tomorrow Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards and Volunteer Spirit Awards are set for Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

The awards will be presented at the Franklin Theatre on Wednesday, July 22, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the program starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available through the Franklin Theatre box office at a cost of $25 per person.

Nominations have been received from more than 30 nonprofits and individuals recognizing the “stars of our community.”

In 2007, Franklin Tomorrow established the Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards to honor the decades of service and tremendous impact of Anne T. Rutherford, a founding member of Franklin Tomorrow and an active volunteer for many community organizations. The award recognizes the collective effort of an individual’s work and the impact on the agencies themselves and the community at large. One award is given annually.

The Volunteer Spirit and the Youth Initiative Awards were created to allow more people to be honored for selflessly supporting local non-profit organizations or agencies. The Ned Lea Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2011 to posthumously honor an exemplary volunteer. While not presented annually, nominations are accepted each year. Other awards may be created by the Board of Franklin Tomorrow to recognize significant achievement.

In its second year, the Civic Group Award will honor representatives of civic, membership, congregation or non-corporate groups that volunteer together for a cause, while the Corporate Team Award will recognize companies that see the value of giving back to their community through successful volunteer programs with high levels of participation and impact.

Finally, the Corporate Volunteer Award will recognize an individual who as part of a company-sponsored volunteer program or event has made a significant contribution to one or more organizations.

A $500 grant to the winner’s non-profit of choice accompanies the Anne T. Rutherford Award, while a $250 grant accompanies the other awards.

Generous underwriters for the event include Patterson Intellectual Property Law, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. and PARKS Realty. Additional support has been received by Buerger, Moseley & Carson PLC, Vanderbilt University – Office of Community, Neighborhood, and Government Relations, Pam Lewis of PLA Media, Benchmark Realty, and First State Bank, as well as Ernie & Nell Bacon,The BBB Integrity Foundation, Cordia Harrington, state Rep. Charles Sargent, state Rep. Glen Casada, The TMA Group, Cordia Harrington, and state Sen. Jack Johnson. Additional sponsorships are available for the event by contacting Mindy Tate at mindy@franklintomorrow.org.

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