On Feb. 5, the United Way of Williamson County (UWWC) Patricia Hart Society will announce the 2016 Woman of Inspiration at the annual HeART to Heart Luncheon.
The Patricia Hart Society was founded by women who wanted to use their strengths, experiences and resources to engage other women in improving lives. They present the Woman of Inspiration award to a woman who has overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to build a better life for herself and those around her.
The event, which will be held at Embassy Suites Cool Springs in Franklin, opens at 11 a.m. with a silent auction featuring items such as gift cards, themed baskets and tickets to Tennessee Performing Arts Center performances.
Money raised by the event goes directly to UWWC-funded programs. In 2014-2015 alone, UWWC-funded programs provided more than 92,000 health and human services to people living in Williamson County.
Tickets to the event are $50 and are available now at uwwc.org.
About the finalists
Christy Webb of Franklin was nominated by Waves, Inc. and Mid-Cumberland HRA Meals on Wheels. Webb, who faces developmental challenges, experienced a period of homelessness, before finding her place at Waves in a supported living home. Since arriving at Waves, she has joined in Franklin Day Program outings and activities and becoming a volunteer at Mid-Cumberland Meals on Wheels and a part-time employee at The Arc Williamson County.
Rena Booker of Brentwood was nominated by The Arc Williamson County. Booker is the mother of an 11-year-old son and a 13-year-old son, both with autism. She has provided them with support while dealing with her own personal mental health issues. In May 2010, the Booker family lost most of their possessions in the historic floods that hit the region. She is now back in school at Belmont, working part-time on a degree in social work.
Sheila Robb of Thompson’s Station was nominated by Tucker’s House. Robb is a single mother of three whose youngest child, Ella, faces profound delays/special needs. After Tucker’s House remodeled Ella’s bathroom for better accessibility, Robb became the board secretary for Tucker’s House. Additionally, Robb recently founded a website called WheelsGoRound.org, which allows families to donate their child’s gently used medical equipment to another family to help one more child.