The Walmart Community Playmakers Program is another way Walmart demonstrates their ongoing commitment to communities across America. Walmart and the Nashville Predators believe it is important to give thanks and recognition to those members of our community who are dedicated to improving the lives of others and being a force for good.
Please help us in nominating a member of our community who deserves this recognition by filling out the form below.
Four (4) tickets to a Nashville Predators home game
Paul and Rhonda Schmitz are the founders of Shower Up Nashville. Shower Up Nashville is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading the love of God by providing those in need with shower services, hygiene resources and basic health care screenings. With more than 4,000 homeless in Nashville, this mobile shower service is able to provide a hot shower, clean towels, soap, shampoo, shaving cream, razors and things that most of us take for granted.
At the age of 11, Mallory Fundora began Project Yesu which has raised more than $250,000 for children in Uganda and sponsored education for more than 221 children to attend school. At just 17 years old, Mallory dedicates her time to speaking at local events throughout Nashville and challenging her peers to "be the change" by identifying problems in their community and creating a plan of action. She reminds her peers that you are never too young to make a difference.
Fred Bailey, who was born without the gift of sight, saw a need in the community to serve youth and founded a non-profit program called Children Are People. This program has provided a safe and educational after-school environment for more than 610 youth; served more than 180,000 hot meals to its students and was voted best non-profit in Sumner County four out of six years. Fred's philosophy is: Children who are disadvantaged can be shown the way to set goals and to let nothing deter them from reaching those goals.
Chris Wollas has been a foster mom for more than 20 years. In 1977, she adopted her oldest son. When he left for college, she decided to - again - become a foster parent. Chris was initially hesitant to adopt due to her age but she went on to foster more than 100 kids! Her foster children say that Chris makes them all feel loved while they are waiting on their forever home. She is a role model to each and every child she encounters.
Over the past 10 years, Coach Andy Gilley has led the effort to revitalize youth athletic leagues in the Hendersonville Community and bring more than 100 events that have supported the Hendersonville park system. Andy has worked with Major League Baseball to secure funding to improve city parks and provide a field for special needs leagues to play on. Coach Gilley was elected last November to Hendersonville's Board of Mayor and Aldermen where he has since worked to secure funding for the resurfacing of in-line hockey rinks and to help fund Mary's Magical Place, a special-needs playground.
Janet Duke is a local Zumba instructor. Since 2014, she has helped to organize fundraisers that have generated more than $14,000 for non-profit organizations, such as Operation Stand Down, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Operation Warm and many more. In January of 2017, Janet was diagnosed with breast cancer. She did not let that stop her from continuing her desire to give back. Janet went on to host monthly Zumbathons benefitting those in need. Most recently, she organized a Zumbathon to help cover medical bills for a Goodlettsville police officer who is also battling breast cancer.
In 2016, Jana Moore had an idea to deliver a few cases of water to the homeless during the high temperature months of summer. That idea lead to the creation of her nonprofit organization, Thirst Nashville. Thirst Nashville serves the community by delivering water, food, blankets, coats and other items to those in need. Most recently, Jana organized a project to help collect more than 170 pairs of shoes to replace the worn out shoes of those who are homeless. Jana's vision is to help provide resources that can transform the lives of the communities poor, hungry and suffering.
Thomas Gallagher retired from the Air Force in August 2004 and immediately began working for the Veterans Healthcare Administration. Tom currently serves as the Chief of Voluntary Services for the TN Valley Healthcare System where he manages more than 700 volunteers. Tom works tirelessly reaching out to community partners and stakeholders to meet the needs of veteran patients not provided through routine medical care. During 2017, Tom and his team were able to raise more than $500,000 in cash and in-kind donations to meet the needs of veteran patients throughout Middle Tennessee with 100 percent of all donations going to meet the needs of veterans.
Jeanette Veile is a retired school teacher, having served for several decades in the Metro School System. Although she left teaching, that didn't end her commitment to her students. For six years, Jeannette has led an outreach program benefiting the substantial refugee population in South Nashville. She spends each day of her summers helping to provide food, clothing and love to kids in need. During this time Jeanette has served tens of thousands of meals. She and her husband, Bob, also run a Christmas program each year that allows underprivileged kids to receive a present and time with Santa. Her commitment to these often overlooked residents of the Nashville community has been nothing short of incredible.
Vickie Harris is the Director of Music City Animal Rescue, where she spends a majority of her time rescuing, vetting and adopting animals throughout the Nashville area. Vickie began this rescue with her own money and is adamant about saving any type of animal: whether it be a guinea pig, rabbit, cat, dog, horse or goat. Her mission is to save as many animals as she can. This year, the rescue was honored to have GNASH play a part in their 2018 calendar, posing with baby goat, P.J.
Zach Hampton has been a police officer with the Hendersonville Police Department since 2008. Zach is one of the many heroes that risk their lives on a daily basis to protect and serve his family and his community. In his 10 years of service, Zach has experienced nearly everything, from attempting to save the life of a gunshot victim, who did not survive, working the scene of a deadly car crash and comforting a terrified child, pursuing a shoplifter, who attempted to run him over with their vehicle, and responding to suicide calls and talking the person down… the list of his courage acts are endless. When asked why he puts himself in danger, he responds: "I like helping people. If not me, then who?" His wife and two children proudly say that he is the definition of a hero.
Taylor Rowe is the founder of the nonprofit organization, Live Love Nashville. This charity strives to assist children throughout the Nashville area with Christmas gifts, hygiene items, warm clothes, food and school supplies. Seeing the struggles that some children have to face, this selfless mother of two decided to sell Love Live Nashville merchandise to raise funds for children in need. Taylor has given countless hours and love to this organization and has assisted more than 3,000 people in need.
Rashed Fakhruddin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA Nashville and is one of the organization's strongest advocates in pushing its primary prevention program, AMEND. In his role as President of the Islamic Center of Nashville and YWCA Board member, Rashed has given dozens of educational sessions related to AMEND TOGETHER, reaching more than 3,000 attendees across the city. He has also served as an advocate for interfaith unity and has been the lead sponsor for the annual Interfaith Caravan Tour of Places of Worship. Rashed has received numerous awards including the Women's Political Collaborative of TN Good Guy Award.
Megan McGuire works as a teacher at the Buena Vista Elementary School, a low-income facility that serves more than 300 students from Pre-K through fourth grade. Ninety-nine percent of students at this facility are living in poverty while roughly 25 percent are homeless. Since 2015, Megan and her team have recruited more than 60 various community partners to help meet the needs of these students and their families. Megan has helped to organize an on-site clothing closet that provides clothing to students in need. Megan has also coordinated fundraisers to help raise funds to take these deserving kids on amazing field trips at no cost to them.
Amy Taylor has spent her career working with the child welfare system as both a Juvenile Probation Officer and a Targeted Case Manager. In July of 2007, Amy accepted a Case Management position at the Tennessee Child Abuse Hotline. In her role, she has spoken to thousands of citizens reporting their concerns of suspected child abuse and neglect. During the past five years, Amy has worked with the Office of Child Safety Training and the Professional Development Department to develop and conduct pre-service training for all new Child Abuse Hotline staff. She also provides training to various agencies and organizations within the community in regard to their role of reporting suspected abuse and neglect.