Members of a committee tasked with the challenge of selecting adult and youth nominees for the fifth annual Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards did a wonderful thing recently.
Instead of selecting an adult to represent Wilson County as its top volunteer, the committee – made up of Ken Sweeney, Carol Knight with the county mayor’s office, United Way President John McMillin and Lisa Dickson with Wilson County schools – selected an event.
But the committee didn’t just select any event. It picked possibly one of the biggest and most well supported events in Wilson County with Sherry’s Run.
According to Sweeney, Sherry’s Run has raised $1 million in its nine years of existence and $300,000 in 2012 alone.
That $1 million has helped countless cancer survivor applicants receive the care and monetary support needed to remain survivors of such a terrible disease.
Sherry’s Run, along with the Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards Wilson County youth nominee, Wilson Central High School senior Jessica Fults, 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,” Sweeney said.
These Wilson County volunteers will be honored at the Governor’s Volunteer Stars ceremony in Nashville in March, alongside some of the best and brightest volunteers in Tennessee.
We congragulate Fults, who stands out among her peers as the true epitome of a volunteer.
And we also give our top salute to everyone who has contributed to, ran in and helped promote Sherry’s Run over the years. It’s a testament to what a community can do when it comes together for a common cause. This honor belongs to you.