Wilson County's nominations for the fifth annual Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards are complete. The awards are designed to recognize the top volunteers in each county of the Volunteer State.
A committee was formed to process the nominations to choose the top five adult and the top six youth nominees. The committee, Ken Sweeney, the county mayor's coordinator of special projects Carol Knight, United Way President John McMillin and Lisa Dickson with Wilson County schools, made their selections.
"We have chosen our adult and youth winners for this year," Sweeney said.
The panel contacted all six county high schools , and from the nominees the group chose Jessica Fults, a senior at Wilson Central High School as the youth nominee. The selection of the adult winner is a bit outside the box.
"The adult winner can be an event, so we've chosen Sherry's Run," Sweeney said. "It's a home-grown event, and the nine-year fundraising total for the event is $1 million, with the 2012 total at $300,000."
Sweeney said the Wilson County nominees will be honored at a dinner Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Veteran's Building on the Wilson County Fairgrounds.
"Sherry's Run will be represented by Gary Whitaker, the husband of the late Sherry Whitaker for whom the event is named, and Tamara Lampsa, who was a good friend of Mrs. Whitaker and who was instrumental with getting the yearly event off the ground," he said.
All the nominees will receive certificates from the office of County Mayor Randall Hutto to mark their community service.
Recipients of the volunteer awards will be honored at the Governor’s Volunteer Stars ceremony in Nashville in March.
"All the folks who won on the county level will be treated to a banquet to mark the end of Volunteer Week in the state," Sweeney said.
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