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Nashville Dolphins

In 2003, Beth Scruggs started teaching swim lessons to a local team looking to compete in Special Olympics swim meets. They chose the dolphin as their mascot, purple as their team color, and eventually became the Nashville Dolphins. Through the help of the Vanderbilt Special Education program, friends, and Nashville Dolphins families, the team was able to operate utilizing all volunteer coaches and instructors.

Fast forward to today and the Nashville Dolphins is a 501…

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NOOK (Needs Of Our Kids)


 

In 2017, the Franklin Special School District (FSSD) Executive PTO began exploring better ways to engage community organizations and resources in support of students and families with critical needs. With a “free and reduced” lunch population hovering at 40%, the FSSD has children who sometimes arrive at school without basic needs met. Immediate daily needs can range from improper or inadequate clothing, inappropriate shoes for physical education classes, missing supplies, and hunger. 

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Camp Will


 
Camp Will is a seven week summer day camp for children, adolescents, and young adults, ages 6-23 years, with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. Campers with disabilities like Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, autism spectrum disorder and more are able to enjoy a typical summer camp experience that includes swim outings, arts and crafts, sports, special events and more. 
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VICKIE HARRIS


 
Vickie Harris created and runs Music City Animal Rescue, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that rescues abandoned, abused or neglected animals in and around the Middle Tennessee area. Music City Animal Rescue is a foster based home network of highly dedicated individuals that care for the animals in their own homes until they can find their forever families. This network is dedicated to the complete care and placement process. From the moment an animal comes into their program, it is treated as part of a family. 
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Kiley Maupin


 
Kiley Maupin has spent the last 15 years serving at risk youth in need at My Friend’s House. As the Direct Support Services Manager Kiley helps ensure compliance with programs and services, all while supporting and staff and residents with structure and understanding.  But beyond the policies and training, most importantly, Kiley is a mentor and shining example to the vulnerable youth who call My Friend's House home. 
 
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DEBBIE NOLAND


 
Its’s difficult to put into words all that Debbie Noland does and is to the Nolensville community. Simply put Debbie is the backbone of the Nolensville Food Pantry. As the pantry’s primary coordinator she works to feed those in need. She along with a group of committed volunteers make up Nolensville’s only food pantry. The Nolensville Food Pantry comes alongside families during difficult times to love on them. The pantry helps with immediate needs of food, household, and personal goods.
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MARIANNE SCHROER

CASA
 
 
Marianne Schroer has spent a lifetime caring for others and being of service to her community.  This extends beyond her 30+ years of experience working as a therapist.  Marianne is the type of person who sees people, is driven to help others and shows up to help in the hardest of situations to lend a helping hand.  
 
For the past five years Marianne has helped take CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) to the next level, fundraising and  creating a community awareness around the work CASA does and helping to recruit advocates for the 25+ new cases a month.  
 
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SARAH HART

Achilles International, Nashville Chapter
 
 
Sarah Hart founded the Nashville Chapter of Achilles International, a nonprofit whose sole purpose is to partner athletes with and with out disabilities so that all can enjoy the sport of running and participating in running activities and events.  Specialized programs include the Achilles Freedom Team which serves wounded military personnel and veterans; Achilles Kids which provides training, race opportunities, and an in-school program for children with disabilities; the Achilles Para-triathlon Team
 
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DONATE LIFE TN

 
 
Donate Life TN has tasked themselves with the important job of educating Tennesseans on the importance of registering to become an organ and tissue donor.  
 
On average, 20 people die every day from the lack of available organs for transplant. One deceased donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and can save and enhance more than 100 lives through the lifesaving and healing gift of tissue donation. 
 
 
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MARIANNE SCHROER

Honored for Lifetime of Service and Work with Children In Need

Marianne Schroer has spent a lifetime caring for others and being of service to her community.  This extends beyond her 30+ years of experience working as a therapist.  Marianne is the type of person who sees people, is driven to help others and shows up to help in the hardest of situations to lend a helping hand.  

For the past five years Marianne has helped take CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) to the next level, fundraising and  creating a community awareness around the work CASA does and helping to…
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