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Volunteer Star Awards honors locals

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Sweeney, who was appointed by Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, led the committee that, after much review, selected Sherrys Run as Wilson Countys adult honoree and Jessica Fults as the youth honoree.

Sherrys Run, an organization that benefits those affected by cancer, was represented at the awards ceremony by Executive Board members Tiffy Clemons, Tonyia Watson, Administrative Assistant Corrie Cluck, Tamara Lampsa and family members of the late Sherry Whitaker, her sister, Susan Hargis and father, Carney Patterson.

Although the Volunteer Stars Awards typically honors an individual, Watson said that the committee selected the Sherrys Run organization because so many of the people who were nominated had listed Sherrys Run as their volunteer organization. Sherrys Run is a 5K Run/Walk event held each September in Lebanon.

Both Watson and Clemons believe that the overwhelming support for Sherrys Run is due to the fact that funds stay in Wilson County to help patients locally. A lot of folks dont know that we assist patients with grocery shopping or buying prescriptions or paying their rent, Watson said.Lampsa said she hopes receiving a Volunteer Stars Award will increase awareness for their cause and hopefully get their name out to attract more sponsors in the future. We are always seeking sponsors, she said.

We are just really honored and want them to know how much we appreciate this, Clemons continued. In 2012, Sherrys Run raised an estimated $300,000 adding to their total of $1 million since the organization began in 2004, when Sherry passed away following a year-long battle with colon cancer.Youth honoree Fults was unable to attend the event but was recognized for her volunteer spirit that began at a very early age. For her 8th birthday, Fults hosted a fundraising event for the Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt in honor of a young boy suffering from brain cancer. Instead of gifts for her, Fults requested that guests donate money to help the boy resulting in a $400 donation to the hospital.

Fults, now a senior at Wilson Central High School, has continued to give back to the community by volunteering to work at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes, and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

Awards were presented by Miss Tennessee 2012 Chandler Lawson.

The last thing that volunteers want is recognition but I think it is important to hear thanks, said keynote speaker, Wendy Spencer, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Serving is so important and it is important to hear why they are serving.

PICTURED -- Wilson County Governors Volunteer Stars Award adult recipient Sherrys Run was recognized at a ceremony held at the Franklin Marriott on Monday night. On hand to receive the award were members of the organizations Executive Board, from left, Susan Hargis, Tonyia Watson, Tiffy Clemons, Tamara Lampsa, Carney Patterson, father of the late Sherry Whitaker in whose honor Sherrys Run was founded; and Corrie Cluck.

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