Senior named Strobel Award finalist

Congratulations to Sadie Begtrup ’24 on being named a finalist in Hands on Nashville’s annual volunteer awards competition.
By Juanita I.C. Traughber, Director of Marketing & Communications 

Local nonprofit Hands On Nashville has announced Sadie Begtrup ’24 as among the finalists for its 38th annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards. The nonprofit focuses on meeting community needs by connecting volunteers to over 200 other nonprofits, schools, and civic organizations, and Strobel Award finalists are selected for their personal stories of volunteerism and work in the Nashville community.

Nominated for the Youth Volunteer Award, Sadie has volunteered for more than 13 years with the Nashville Tree Foundation, where she became the youngest Green Shirt volunteer and has planted and helped distribute more than 600 trees. Sadie also volunteers with Room in the Inn, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, the Frist Art Museum, and Sherith Israel Orthodox Synagogue. She has helped transport 250 homeless men and women to shelters, assisted with 12 Shakespeare performances, completed 25 hours of manned art engagement, and can routinely be seen greeting, directing, and engaging the community in religious education and exposure.

The Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards are Middle Tennessee's largest annual celebration of volunteerism. This inspiring event is held in partnership with the family of Mary Catherine Strobel, a community volunteer best remembered for her tireless, joyful commitment to those in need. As a finalist, Sadie will receive $250 to donate to the charity of her choice. Award recipients will be announced at a celebration on Thursday, May 9, where they will receive $1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice. 

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