Nashville leaders, including the three most recent mayors and all seven mayoral candidates, will come together to support public schools as the host committee of the 11th annual Nashville Public Education Foundation (NPEF) Public Schools Hall of Fame luncheon on Thursday, May 14, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
“This year’s event will kick off a new chapter in Nashville’s commitment to public education, especially in the midst of a transition to a new director of schools,” said Shannon Hunt, NPEF president and CEO. “It is particularly encouraging to see all seven mayoral candidates supporting the foundation’s work, because we’ll need everyone at the table for Nashville’s children and their future.”
The candidates, Megan Barry, Robert Bone, David Fox, Bill Freeman, Howard Gentry, Jeremy Kane and Linda Eskind Rebrovick join more than 50 private and public-sector leaders, including Mayor Karl Dean and former mayors Bill Purcell and Governor Phil Bredesen. Bredesen and fellow host committee member Senator Bill Frist received the Nelson C. Andrews Distinguished Service Award in 2014.
Other host committee members include business executives, civic leaders, elected officials, and public school alumni, parents, teachers, and principals.
“Public school excellence is a cause the entire city is uniting behind. This year’s extraordinary host committee demonstrates the broad and deep commitment this community has to strengthening and improving our schools and the important role the Nashville Public Education Foundation plays in helping the city realize that goal,” said Tom Sherrard, NPEF chairman and host committee member.
Host committee members include:
- Leslee Alexander
- Council Member At-Large Megan Barry
- James and Sheila Bearden
- Charles Robert and Sacha Bone
- Phil Bredesen and Andrea Conte
- Greg and Barbara Burns
- Ron and Brenda Corbin
- Mayor Karl Dean and Anne Davis
- Ralph and Susann Davis
- Steve and Margaret Dolan
- Jeff and Donna Eskind
- Art Rebrovick and Linda Eskind Rebrovick
- David and Carrington Fox
- Bill and Babs Freeman
- Billy and Jennifer Frist
- Senator William H. Frist, M.D.
- Howard Gentry
- Orrin and Lee Ann Ingram
- Jeremy and Tracy Kane
- Larry and Sandra Lipman
- Edward Wright Rios and Gini Pupo-Walker
- Bill Purcell
- Randy and Sonata Rayburn
- Tom and Dana Sherrard
- Renata Soto
- Jimmy and Frances Spradley
- James Threalkill
- John and Ellen Tighe
- Byron Trauger
- Steve and Judy Turner
- Rob Jack and Whitney Weeks
- David and Gail Williams
- Ron and Cicely Woodard
- Emmett and Brenda Wynn
NPEF launched its Hall of Fame in 2005. The event raises funds to support public schools and the Foundation’s work to strengthen and improve them. In total, 44 Nashvillians have been inducted into the Public Schools Hall of Fame. This year’s recipients include celebrated community volunteers Ralph and Juli Mosley and four extraordinary MNPS graduates: Mary Carol Humphreys Friddell, Decosta Jenkins, Beverly Keel and Mark Rowan.