Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
2014 Awards Recipients Announced!

Eight Middle Tennesseans received special awards on Tuesday, April 22, honoring their outstanding volunteer work. More than 700 volunteers and agency representatives attended the 28th Annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards presented by HCA/TriStar Health. The annual event recognizes volunteers for their outstanding contributions to the community.

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2014 Strobel Volunteer Awards Finalists & Recipients

*2014 award recipients

Civic Volunteer Group Award

Presented by U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company


Box 55 Association has supported Nashville’s first responders for the past 62 years. Box 55 volunteers make sure emergency workers’ needs are met by providing water and nourishment so that first responders can maintain their own health while saving lives.
 
*Covenant of the Cross, a Madison-based independent Christian church, provides food to more than 220 hungry families every month through its Covenant Cupboard outreach effort. Covenant of the Cross has created a warm, affirming place for all people to receive the food they need, without judgment.

Room In The Inn partner congregations
, representing 180 diverse religious congregations in Middle Tennessee, open their doors each winter to shelter men and women struggling with homelessness. Last year, more than 6,000 volunteers provided meals and a warm place to rest to Nashville’s homeless community during the coldest winter months.

Corporate Volunteerism Award 
Presented by Emdeon

Aegis Sciences Corporation is a committed corporate partner of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.  From bagging produce and raising funds to building a connector bridge that allows Second Harvest employees to walk safely to/from the parking lot, more than 200 employees donated their time in 2013 to support Second Harvest’s mission.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz is Room In the Inn’s organizing partner for Nashville’s H.E.L.P. (Homeless Experience Legal Protection) Clinic. By recruiting, training, and scheduling volunteer attorneys, Baker Donelson connected 344 individuals with free legal assistance in 2012-2013.

*Triumph Aerostructures Nashville Team
builds capacity for The Nashville Food Project (TNFP) by donating time, skills, and financial resources to improve operations. During their volunteer work days, employees completed a renovation of TNFP’s kitchen area to create a more functional environment.
 
Volunteer Innovator Award 
Presented by TN Media 

Aaron Grunke
, a cancer survivor, founded Survivor Fitness Foundation to help address the lack of post-treatment support programs for cancer survivors. The organization gives hope to recent cancer survivors by empowering them to regain wellness through the guidance of fitness and nutrition experts.

*DeeAnn Hodge
helps at-risk girls served by Preston Taylor Ministries through the day camp she hosts called Camp Wonderfully Made. Since DeeAnn began the camp in 2012, 30 girls have participated, 18 will participate this summer, and eight have begun meeting for a weekly camp alumni gathering.
 
Rita Atkins developed and oversees Sew for Hope, a ministry of Thriftsmart. This program helps refugees overcome employment barriers by teaching sewing and business skills that open up work opportunities. 
 
Youth Volunteer Award 
Presented by Baptist Healing Trust
 
*Elise Hirt, president and founding member of Centennial High School’s Best Buddies Chapter, is the force behind a culture shift for Centennial students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). With Elise’s leadership, Best Buddies fosters relationships between students with and without IDD. This has resulted in a more inclusive, welcoming, and informed student body.
 
Hannah Huth founded and is CEO of Looking Ahead 4 Kids, Inc., a nonprofit organization that focuses on raising funds and donations to make the hospital experience better for young patients. Hannah’s efforts have supported patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
 
Sara Puryear founded The Red Wagon Project, an effort driven by teens in the community to provide extra support items to patients and families during their stay at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’ Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Thanks to Sara, thousands of donations from the hospital’s wish list have been collected.

Capacity-building Volunteer Award 
Presented by c3/consulting

Anna Fitzgerald, a founder of Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities (YEAH!), makes it possible for YEAH! to offer programming to 250 young people each year. Through her efforts to increase volunteer retention, streamline processes, and create replicable lesson plans, Anna provides solutions to help YEAH! achieve its mission.

Melissa Shirey
, Nations Ministry board chair, is a champion for the organization and the refugee families it serves. She has engineered two successful programs, recruited new board members, improved internal processes, and increased donations. Melissa’s efforts strengthen the agency’s ability to serve more families.

*Raymond White
’s advocacy of Project C.U.R.E. Nashville strengthens the agency’s ability to provide donated medical supplies to developing countries. He has forged partnerships with 15 hospitals through his outreach work, developed strategic communications tools, and secured a $25,000 grant enabling the organization to repair biomedical equipment.

Direct Service Volunteer Award 
Presented by McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations

Anne Williams
visits with Alive Hospice patients and families, providing emotional support during one of life’s most significant journeys, and she has done so each week for the past 12 years. Anne offers company to patients and family members, mentors new volunteers, and sits with patients during their final moments.
 
Barry Coggins has delivered more than 7,500 meals to homebound seniors over the course of 20 years through FiftyForward’s Meals on Wheels program. He has developed relationships with more than 100 program clients, coordinated an annual fundraising golf tournament, and raised awareness for the program.
 
*Rev. Felicity Peck, a CASA, Inc. of Davidson County volunteer, makes it possible for abused and neglected children caught in the court system to find safe and permanent homes. In her 20-plus years as a CASA volunteer, Felicity has advocated for 36 abused and neglected children, and has given more than 3,300 hours.

Hands On Nashville Volunteer Award 
Presented by Tennessee Valley Authority

Adults
Alexis Shelton
*Dean Graber
Lisa Wagar

Youth
Arthur Liu
Julian Turner
*Lauren Levy

Hands On Nashville expresses sincere gratitude to the generosity of the 2014 Strobel Awards sponsors: