Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee’s Impact Awards Winners included: Achiever of the Year: Anthony Fanning David B. Lifsey Scholarship Recipient: Daniella McNair LaVoi-Katz Award Winner: Johnny McCann Mission Partner of the Year: Welcome Home Ministries Donor Partner of the Year: Lowe’s Employer Partner of the Year: Apex Systems Pioneers of the Year: Debbie Grant and Matt Gloster Ambassador of the Year: Mary Hance (“Ms. Cheap”)ceremony

By Eddie Hauser

A formerly incarcerated father of six who became a business owner and teacher is among people whose inspiring stories of achievement were celebrated during Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee’s Impact Awards ceremony at the Music City Center in Nashville Thursday.

The event recognized outstanding Goodwill team members and clients as well as organizations that helped advance Goodwill’s mission of changing lives through education, training and employment. The luncheon was emceed by NewsChannel 5 Anchor Rhori Johnston and presented by Amazon and Pinnacle Financial Partners. The keynote speaker was Former U.S. Attorney General and Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at Belmont College of Law Alberto R. Gonzales.

“The stories of our award winners reflect the transformative power of work for individuals with barriers as well as the impact Goodwill’s local nonprofit mission is having in communities across middle and west Tennessee,” said Goodwill’s President and CEO Matthew Bourlakas. “All of this is possible thanks to the generosity of Goodwill donors and shoppers.”

Winners included:

Achiever of the Year: Anthony Fanning
David B. Lifsey Scholarship Recipient: Daniella McNair
LaVoi-Katz Award Winner: Johnny McCann
Mission Partner of the Year: Welcome Home Ministries
Donor Partner of the Year: Lowe’s
Employer Partner of the Year: Apex Systems
Pioneers of the Year: Debbie Grant and Matt Gloster
Ambassador of the Year: Mary Hance (“Ms. Cheap”)