NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Hands On Nashville announced finalists for the 30th Annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards. The event recognizes outstanding Middle Tennessee volunteers who were nominated by the community in six categories.
Over its 30-year history, the Strobel Awards have become Middle Tennessee’s largest annual celebration of volunteerism. More than 600 volunteers and agency representatives are expected to attend the milestone luncheon and ceremony at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville on Thursday, April 21. Seats for the luncheon are available at www.HON.org.
The award recipients will be selected from 18 finalists and 129 nominations. The following finalists have been named for 2016:
Capacity-building Volunteer Award
The Capacity-building Volunteer Award honors individuals who provide significant operational or administrative support to a nonprofit agency, faith-based ministry or community organization, or developed an innovative approach to significantly improve an existing program.
- Finalists are: Haylee Ferguson (serves Franklin Road Academy Best Buddies Chapter), Roland Gray, MD (serves Renewal House) and Peggy Napier (serves Thistle Farms).
Civic Volunteer Group Award
The Civic Volunteer Group Award recognizes representatives of civic, membership, faith-based or non-corporate groups that volunteer together for a specific cause or issue.
- Finalists are: Belmont University Service Initiatives (serves Various Nonprofit and Outreach Organizations), Pearl-Cohn Student Leadership Organization (serves Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School) and Vanderbilt Sewing Club (serves Vanderbilt University Medical Center).
Corporate Volunteerism Award
The Corporate Volunteerism Award pays tribute to businesses that have robust employee volunteer programs with high levels of participation and impact.
- Finalists are: Creative Artists Agency (serves Whitsitt Elementary School), Lee Company (serves Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee) and TechnologyAdvice (serves Youth Villages).
Direct Service Volunteer Award (ages 5-20)
The Direct Service Volunteer Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significant volunteer time, energy and/or resources to help an agency’s constituents.
- Finalists are: Laura Catherine Harrell (serves Teens 4 TriStar of The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial), Gracie Pfaff (serves Harvest107) and Anna Grace Smith (serves Queens for a Cure).
Direct Service Volunteer Award (ages 21-49)
- Finalists are: Dominique Jordan (serves Various Nonprofit and Outreach Organizations), Karen Trochez (serves Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee) and Yichuan Wang (serves Siloam Family Health Center).
Direct Service Volunteer Award (ages 50+)
- Finalists are: J. Brevard Haynes, MD (serves Siloam Family Health Center), Kathryn Mitchem (serves Penuel Ridge Retreat Center) and Donna Moffitt (serves Preston Taylor Ministries).
About the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards
The Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards are named in memory of the late Mary Catherine Strobel, known for her extensive charitable efforts toward improving the lives of Middle Tennessee’s homeless, impoverished and less fortunate populations. The annual awards ceremony celebrates Mary Catherine Strobel’s service and recognizes those who continue her legacy.
Special Thanks to the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards Sponsors: