15TH Annual Vol Awards

Nominations have been received for the 15th annual Franklin Tomorrow Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards, which will be held Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. at Rolling Hills Community Church in Franklin.

Tickets are $25 to attend in person, which will include refreshments by Catering and Events by Suzette during a social time with doors opening at 5 p.m. Tickets should be purchased in advance by going here. Each nominee and their nominator receive two complimentary tickets each.

Nominations have been received from more than 20 nonprofits and other organizations and individuals for the awards, with the nominees to be announced Monday as part of Franklin Tomorrow's monthly FrankTalks lecture at Columbia State Community College at 9:30 a.m.

"Franklin and Williamson County are blessed to have community members, organizations and companies of all sizes who give unselfishly to make the community a better place," a press release from Franklin Tomorrow reads. 

“Franklin Tomorrow has planned since the beginning of the year to hold our annual Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards in November,” Executive Director Mindy Tate said. “While the pandemic has impacted the ability of some to volunteer or for organizations to be able to accept their time and talents, we have a great slate of nominees, which will be announced soon.”

In the past, categories for the awards include the Volunteer Spirit Award, which honors up to three individuals involved in altering the environment around them simply by their service and heart for their community; the Youth Initiative Award, given to individuals under the age of 21 who are involved either in a variety of community activities or primarily in one organization as a significant volunteer; the Anne T. Rutherford Exemplary Community Volunteer Award, given to one individual to honor the collective effect of their work and the impact on the agencies themselves and the community at large; and the Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes a young professional between 20 and 40 years of age whose professional or volunteer efforts are having a positive impact on his or her community.

“Franklin Tomorrow received so many great nominees this year,” Tate added. “We want to make sure we honor as many volunteers that we can, so categories may be adjusted accordingly.”

Also, a special In Memoriam program will honor community leaders, volunteers and individuals who have passed away over the last year.

Franklin Tomorrow will also present additional awards, including the Anne T. Rutherford Exemplary Community Volunteer Award and the Charles M. Sargent Leadership Award.

Each award carries a cash prize to the nonprofit of the recipient's choice.

Franklin Tomorrow’s Exemplary Community volunteers are made possible through a host of partners, including FirstBank, Gresham Smith, Buerger, Moseley, & Carson PLC, Gamble Design Collective, Tennessee Equine Hospital, Sen. Majority Leader Jack Johnson, and Williamson Memorial Funeral Home. Franklin Tomorrow says it also appreciates the support of Franklin Rotary at Breakfast and Franklin Noon Rotary.

Additionally, a group of elected officials from Williamson County are supporters of the event, including County Clerk Elaine Anderson, Register of Deeds Sherry Anderson, Circuit Court Clerk Debbie Barrett, Property Assessor Brad Coleman, Judge Sharon Guffee, District Attorney General Kim Helper, Juvenile Court Clerk Brenda Hyden and County Trustee Karen Paris.

Rolling Hills Community Church is located at 1810 Columbia Ave.