Mayor Karl Dean to receive local humanitarian award

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The Brooks Fund invites you to join The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee on Thursday, Nov. 13 as it honors Mayor Karl Dean as recipient of the 21st annual Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award.

Mayor Karl Dean’s leadership and vision has been instrumental in Nashville’s growth. Embracing and celebrating Nashville's growing diversity makes our city stronger. Along with his pillars of improving schools, making neighborhoods safer and bringing more jobs to Nashville, Mayor Dean's other initiatives promoting health, sustainability and volunteerism have improved Music City's high quality of life.

As Nashville has been recognized as the “it” place to be, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is honoring the man who’s been an important part of “it.”

"As the first mayor in Tennessee to sign the Freedom to Marry statement, Mayor Karl Dean has consistently been the executive in our state whom the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community could look to for courageous leadership," said TEP Executive Director Chris Sanders. "As much as I will remember what he has accomplished, I feel equally fortunate to have seen how he practically and calmly pursued making Nashville more welcoming in word and deed."

The Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award was created to perpetuate the memory of a remarkable person who led our community by strength of character and unwavering integrity. The award is given annually to individuals who, like Joe, have made life better for others through hard work, bold dedication to service and strong faith in the human spirit.

Tickets to the event are available here.