Congratulations to our 2015 Salute to Excellence award winners!

·       Second Harvest Food Bank won the Piedmont Natural Gas Sustainable Practices Award for its integrated approach to economic, environmental and social stewardship.

·       End Slavery Tennessee won the Diversified Trust New Generations Award for the agency’s youth engagement, which included a youth-led popup fundraising event and a youth-oriented website featuring videos and submitted content.

·       José González, CFO and co-founder of Conexión Américas, won the SunTrust CFO of the Year Award for ensuring the highest stewardship and integrity of financial resources at Conexión Américas as well as the long-term fiscal stability of the agency.

·       Angela Smith of Park Center won the Erie Chapman Foundation Servant’s Heart Award for her ability to connect with those suffering from mental illness and/or addiction after working on her own recovery from drug addiction and years of homelessness.

·       David McGowan of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville won the KraftCPAs Board Member of the Year Award for his visionary determination and leadership on Habitat’s Board of Directors, and for setting an example for others by going the extra mile.

·       Dr. Rhonda Switzer-Nadasdi of the Interfaith Dental Clinic won the Bank of America CEO of the Year Award for fostering the agency’s growth from a part-time, volunteer-run clinic to a two-site operation with 15 treatment rooms, 36 staff members and 300 volunteers.

·       Monroe Harding, Inc., an organization that helps children in foster care, won The Memorial Foundation Leadership Award for embarking on an agency-wide transformation that included a shift to Trauma & Resiliency Informed Care.

·       The Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence won the Baptist Healing Trust Access to Care Award for developing statewide partnerships and effective programs, and for serving as advocates for social change to end domestic and sexual violence.

·       The Sexual Assault Center won the Baptist Healing Trust Compassionate Care Award for embodying the philosophy “the healing starts here” both in the procedures of the organization and in the care provided to all who enter the building.

·       The team Thrive won the Collaboration College award for an HIV prevention collaboration among Nashville CARES, Neighborhood Health and Street Works. Collaboration College is a cross-sector initiative that enables interagency groups to collectively create business plans designed for achieving long-term community goals.

·       The Call It Reading program of Homework Hotline won The Frist Foundation Innovation in Action award. Call It Reading is a program that teaches children how to read over the phone, and over the last three years, 180 children have gained an average of 1.3 grade levels in reading.

·       The Nashville Business Incubation Center of Growth Enterprises Nashville, Inc. at  Tennessee State University won the Revenue Development award for increasing revenues by 53 percent through revenue diversification and program and contribution changes.

·       The Journey to Health program of the Faith Family Medical Center won the Team Building award. Four times a year on Diabetes Day, a team of dedicated healthcare professionals come to Faith Family Medical Center to treat uninsured working diabetic patients for free.