Franklin Tomorrow announces winners of Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards

Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson, downtown restaurateur Joni Cole and volunteers from Graceworks Ministries Inc. were among the winners announced during the 13th annual Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards presented by community nonprofit Franklin Tomorrow on July 24.

The awards are held each year to recognize community volunteers across a number of categories, including civic groups, youth initiatives and corporate teams.

Anderson, who has served as county mayor since 2002, received the Charles M. Sargent Legacy Award, named for the former Williamson County commissioner and state representative who died in 2018. Sargent and Anderson had been friends for more than four decades, according to a Franklin Tomorrow news release.

Keith and Brenda Squires Crow were nominated by Graceworks, where the couple met and volunteers, and received the Anne T. Rutherford Exemplary Community Volunteer Award.

Three awards were given for community spirit to Patrick Baggett, Carmen Stanek and Gray's on Main owner Joni Cole.

Additionally, the Civic Group Award was given to Friends of Williamson County Animal shelter, which raised more than $100,000 for rabies vaccines and microchipping, spaying and neutering programs as well as to offset costs for a new shelter for the county.

For a complete list of winners, click here.
By Wendy Sturges

A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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