SIFE Finalist For 2012 Strobel Award

Belmont University Students in Free Enterprise are 18 among finalists for the 26th annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards.

SIFE is up for the Civic Volunteer Group Award, which recognizes representatives of civic, membership, congregation or non-corporate groups that volunteer together for a cause. Belmont SIFE works with local, national and international community partners to develop ethical and environmentally sustainable business models that create lasting economic and social change. Now in its seventh year of existence, Belmont SIFE has more than 40 students involved and has partnered with numerous Nashville organizations, including 147 Million Orphans, African Leadership and Magdalene/Thistle Farms.

Oasis Center – Middle School Teen Outreach Program and The Patient and Family Advisory Councils at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are the other finalists for the category. Hands On Nashville will announced the winners of six categories for outstanding volunteer in Middle Tennessee ceremony at the Marriott Cool Springs Conference Center in Franklin on April 10.

HCA/TriStar are presenters of the annual event, founded by Ford Motor Company. Some 105 individuals and organizations were nominated this year for the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards.

The Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards are named in memory of the late Mary Catherine Strobel, known for her extensive and charitable efforts toward improving the lives of Middle Tennessee’s homeless, impoverished and less fortunate populations. The annual awards ceremony celebrates Strobel’s service and recognizes those who continue her legacy.

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