Announcing the recipients of Franklin Tomorrow’s 16th Annual Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards

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Franklin Mayor Dr. Ken Moore, was honored with the Charles M. Sargent Legacy Award by Franklin Tomorrow on November 15. The presentation was attended by former honorees Tom Lawrence and Rep. Sam Whitson, along with Linda Moore, FT Chairman Patrick Baggett and CEO Mindy Tate.

FRANKLIN, Tennessee – Hundreds of people attended Tuesday, November 15 to honor the recipients of the 16th Annual Franklin Tomorrow Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards held at Rolling Hills Community Church.

Franklin Mayor Dr. Ken Moore, was honored with the Charles M. Sargent Legacy Award, which recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions in the areas of business, quality of life and leadership. It is named for the late Tennessee 61st Circuit Assemblyman Charles Sargent, who received the award before his death in 2018.

At the awards ceremony, Franklin Tomorrow said, “Rep. Charles Sargent was not just a listener but a doer, not only to those who supported him but always in the best interests of the community. Franklin Mayor Ken Moore emulates that leadership style, whether as mayor, as a friend, and in the many volunteer roles he has taken on.”
Moore is the 31st mayor and second doctor in charge of the city of Franklin. He practiced orthopedic surgery for more than twenty-eight years and earned state and national recognition as a leader. He was named Tennessee Mayor of the Year by the Tennessee Municipal League in 2018. The Greater Nashville Regional Council has twice recognized him with the Hank Thompson Award for Leadership and Integrity.

Outside activities include working with Rep. Sargent and others to bring a new campus for Columbia State Community College to Williamson County. He also previously served as Chairman of the Columbia State Foundation Board and received the Chancellor’s Award from the Board of Regents.

Someone once wrote of Ken Moore, “Doctors don’t have much in common with politicians — at least on the face of it,” but Ken Moore disagreed, saying that the two professions share at least one important skill in common — the ability and willingness to listen.

Passionate about providing health care to the underserved, Mayor Moore is Medical Director of the Shalom Foundation, which provides free surgeries to poor Guatemalan children, and was instrumental in opening an outpatient surgery center for the Foundation in Guatemala City. He has focused on health in the city of Franklin, with a particular focus on mental health through Find Hope Franklin, a community-based resource with a mission to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and create an environment where everyone feels empowered can ask for help.

Alongside local pastor, Rev. Kenneth Hill, Mayor Moore brought together faith leaders and lay members of the community to create Unite Williamson, which recently held its fifth Interfaith Prayer Breakfast and was formed to bring together and connect our faith-based organizations for the benefit of all in our community.

Under his leadership and in partnership with Franklin Tomorrow, the city was recognized by then-Governor Haslam as a healthier community and also as an all-American city.

The Anne T. Rutherford Award went to Marianne Schroer, who served as director of the Williamson County CASA, but also of the Williamson County Recovery Court, but also as a committed volunteer for numerous non-profit organizations.

“Marianne has spent her life fighting for the outsiders and not accepting the status quo when there was a better way, including the excluded. Marianne has used her connections, her education and her spiritual beliefs to guide her through life, and it has been for the benefit of our community as a whole through service to individuals,” said Franklin Tomorrow at the awards ceremony.

Schroer has served on the boards of The Battle of Franklin Trust, Foster Care Review, African American Heritage Society, and The Heritage Foundation, among others. Schroer has been involved with Franklin Tomorrow since its inception more than 20 years ago and was one of the organizers of the first major fundraiser, a chili cookoff, held at Pumpkinfest.

“She has made great strides in the way conservation is done in our district, helped tell a more complete version of our story, and promoted diversity and inclusion through her efforts—even before it was a buzzword,” was another part of the presentation.

Schroer distinguished herself as a charitable volunteer as she oversaw the “Herculean task” of unifying the boards of three charitable organizations into one, now known as the Battle of Franklin Trust. The Battle of Franklin Trust oversees the running of the original historic properties including Carnton and the Carter House and now Rippavilla in Spring Hill.

Schroer’s leadership was critical in creating the single cohesive board that represents all properties today.

Numerous other awards were presented Tuesday night and are listed below.

Corporate Volunteerism Award:
Weifield Group, nominated by Alisha Erickson, Principal of Poplar Grove, for the Wishes for Wheels project to provide over 60 bicycles for students

Corporate Individual Achievement Award:
Parks Realty’s Julia Kaehr for her Little Red Wagon Food Drive project benefiting GraceWorks Ministries
Teade Tagaloa of LP Building Solutions for her work with the Hard Bargain Association

Emerging Leader Award:
Chase Harper, Heritage Foundation Next Gen, Chairman of Williamson Inc., City of Franklin Sustainability Commission
Mauri Riesenberg, A Vintage Affair, Franklin Tomorrow, and other nonprofits and organizations
Emily Valadez, Franklin Special School District teacher and founder of Lacrosse Club Sports

Neighbor to Neighbor Award:
Katie Creighton, founder of Erika’s Safe Place
Mariana Gutierrez, nominated by Path United and for her work at Poplar Grove School
Volunteerism Awards:
Al Adams, Mercy Community Health Advisory Board
Christine McCann, saddle up!
Grayling Pruitt, Habitat for Humanity, Williamson-Maury Counties
Glynn Riddle, United Way’s VITA tax service
Richard Youngs, GraceWorks Ministries

Youth Initiative Award:
Audrey Oxford, nominated by Freedom Reigns Ranch
Elizabeth Schmitz, Shower Up Nashville Civic Group Award Nominee

Patrick Baggett, Chairman of Franklin Tomorrow, presented five awards including the Family Impact Award to Jill & Tim McNeese for their work with Backlight Productions; the Community Leadership Award to Tom Powell for his dedication to Franklin’s Charge as its Treasurer; a Community Servant Leadership Award to Adam Ballash for his commitment to land conservation in our community through leadership and advocacy at several organizations including Friends of Franklin Parks; and finally, a Lifetime Achievement Award to Nancy Conway for more than 40 years of leadership and service in the business community and as a community service volunteer.

Franklin Tomorrow’s Exemplary Community Volunteers Awards are made possible by a variety of partners including Williamson Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Services, FirstBank, Buerger, Moseley & Carson PLC, Franklin Rotary at Breakfast, The TMA Group and Rep. Sam Whitson. Thanks are also due to a group of elected officials from Williamson County, including County Mayor Rogers Anderson, Sheriff Dusty Rhoades, County Clerk Jeff Whidby, Record Register Sherry Anderson, Circuit Court Clerk Debbie Barrett, Property Assessor Brad Coleman, Judge Sharon Guffee, District Attorney Kim Helper, Juvenile Court Clerk Margaret Mahew and County Trustee Karen Paris.
About Franklin Tomorrow

Franklin Tomorrow is an independent, not-for-profit vision and engagement organization founded in 2000 by a group of business and community leaders. Our mission is to engage the community, encourage collaboration, and advocate for a shared vision for Franklin’s future. Learn more at