United Way Announces Annual Award Recipients, Community Celebration Date


United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties named Ted and Gloria LaRoche as recipients of the Witherspoon Award, Kara J. Kemp as Volunteer of the Year, Dr James E. Calder as Board Member of the Year, Kristin Dailey as employee Campaign Manager of the Year recipient, Jay Sanders as Young Leader of the Year recipient and Dr. Lana Seivers as Dr. Linda Gilbert Advocate of the Year recipient.

The award recipients will be recognized at the United Way’s annual community celebration at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 30 at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. To purchase individual tickets or a table, please visit yourlocaluw.org.

Witherspoon Prize 2020-2021: Ted and Gloria LaRoche

The LaRoche contribute to the local Centraide to the most generous society, the Société Tocqueville. The LaRoche people embody Centraide’s high ideals of community engagement through giving, advocating and volunteering. Each time they are called, Ted and Gloria mobilize to achieve Centraide’s goals.

Volunteer of the Year 2020-2021: Kara J. Kemp

Kara J. Kemp produces United We Style, an annual fundraiser for United Way of Rutherford and Cannon counties. For nine years, Kemp raised significant funds and produced a professional and creative show highlighting the impact of Centraide on the community.

Board Member of the Year 2020-2021: Dr James E. Calder

Dr. James R. Calder has been nominated and elected Board Member of the Year by his fellow Board members. Calder demonstrates exceptional service and commitment to the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties through the contribution of his time, talents and resources.

2020-2021 Employee Campaign Manager of the Year: Kristin Dailey

Kristin Dailey has been the Employee Campaign Manager for the Rutherford and Cannon County regions since 2019. At the height of the pandemic, Dailey found new and creative ways to connect area employees to the mission and to the community. United Way’s impact through virtual poverty simulations. Thanks to Dailey’s leadership, the region’s workplace giving campaign has seen a significant increase.

Young Leader of the Year 2020-2021: Jay Sanders

Jay Sanders has been a committed member of United Way’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) since its inception. Sanders is among the first to volunteer for various projects associated with YLS and has been instrumental in raising YLS Dodge for a Cause fundraising.

2020-2021 Defender of the Year: Dr Lana Seivers

Dr. Lana Seivers has been a lifelong supporter of education and has played a key role in advocating for children’s rights in the state of Tennessee. Seivers embodies the values ​​of the late Dr. Linda Gilbert and her commitment to the future of children.

Community Impact Award 2020-2021: Ascension St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital

Ascension St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital plays a crucial role in the development of our community. They continually support change efforts in our community, leaving a lasting impact.

Community Engagement Award 2020-2021: Wilson Bank & Trust

Wilson Bank & Trust goes beyond its partnership with United Way through year round commitment and volunteer engagement. This year, Wilson Bank & Trust exceeded expectations for organizational involvement.

Rise Prize 2020-2021: Envision

Throughout 2020-2021, Envision significantly increased its support for Centraide. The growth of their support is not only impressive, but exciting for years to come.

Chevrolet, Buick, GMC of Murfreesboro is the presenting sponsor of the United Way Community Celebration. Supporting sponsors include Don and Hanna Witherspoon, FirstBank, Middle Tennessee Electric, City Auto, Volunteer State Bank, Publix, Redstone Federal Credit Union, Regions, First Horizon, Wilson Bank and Trust, Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and Robin Seay of Parks .

About Centraide

Centraide advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. United Way emphasizes education, health and financial stability – the building blocks of a good quality of life. Centraide recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources to get things done by giving, advocating and volunteering.

Mission statement

United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties improves lives by providing education, health and financial stability opportunities for all.

Vision statement

To be the leading leader in community solutions for human services.


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