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Friends of Tennessee Air National Guard Lt. Colonel Shelli Huether, Mary Ellen McMillin, Laura Nixon and Cat Bottoms, took place in the second annual Shelli Huether Honor Run, Walk, and Fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.

The second annual Shelli Huether Honor Run, Walk, and Fundraiser took place on Sunday in Thompson's Station to honor Tennessee Air National Guard Lt. Col. Shelli Huether, who was killed in a plane crash in 2020 alongside two other Air National Guard members. 

Huether, of Nolensville, was killed in a civilian single-engine plane crash in Warren County along with Capt. Jessica Naomi Wright and Senior Master Sgt. Scott Alan Bumpus, and while the event was in her honor, it also raised money for the United Service Organizations and Lantern Lane Farms

This year's event took place at Sarah Benson Park and also featured a virtual option with the goal of participants to walk or run as many miles as they could in an eight-hour period. 

Shelli Huether and Anita Daneker

Shelli Huether and Anita Daneker.

Event founder and race director Anita Daneker is in the process of setting up the non-profit event as a 501c3 organization in order to expand fundraising events in the name of her friend.

"We want to support the military and their families, but also support grief support," Daneker said in a phone call, adding that Sunday's event saw about 40 participants including family and friends of Huether.

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Amy Goldblatt (L) earned third place with 30 miles, Scott Glover (R) earned second place with 39 miles and Chris Maples (C) earned first place with 40 miles in the second annual Shelli Huether Honor Run, Walk, and Fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.

"She was the one who was always doing things for everyone else, always supportive, always volunteering her time, always doing things for everyone else and never wanting anything done for her," Daneker said. "Because that was her heart, to help others, I wanted to do this in honor of her by helping others."

While the race is complete, Daneker said that they are still raising money for the USO and Lantern Lane Farms throughout the week, and anyone wishing to support the cause can do so here.