Mark Thien, president of Envolve Strategies, has been named a finalist for the Silver Anniversary edition of the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards, recognizing those who volunteer their time and talents to make a difference in Middle Tennessee and whose dedication serves to inspire others to join them.
Thien was one of three Community Impact Volunteer Award finalists, and one of 18 category finalists chosen from 92 nominees, as presented by HCA/TriStar and hosted by Hands On Nashville annually.
Mark Thien was selected because of his advocacy for the environment, and in particular for his striking success in rallying volunteer and corporate support of the quest for cleaner water in the Midstate. By working with local governments and grassroots participants, Thien has co-created and engineered the Nashville Clean Water Project as one of the area’s largest and most successful ongoing grassroots efforts to support the environment.
“I’ve always believed we can all do a little bit better, and we can all do a little bit more,” Thien said. “What I hope others will see in this is that there are many ways to be involved in any community and it is both rewarding and important to build something real and good and lasting.”
Other Community Impact Volunteer finalists were Lovie “Nana” McCathern, selected for her enthusiastic and tireless work to bring the joy of learning to children; and winning nominee Dr. Lucien Simpson, a retired dermatologist who offers free medical care to those in need, both locally and on mission trips to Kenya and South America and drives more than 300 miles weekly to deliver blood for the Red Cross.
More than 700 volunteers and agency representatives were in attendance for the luncheon and ceremony at the Marriott Cool Springs Conference Center in Franklin, Tenn., on Thursday, April 21. The annual event, founded by Ford Motor Company, recognizes volunteers in six categories for their outstanding contributions to the community.
The Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards are named in memory of the late Mary Catherine Strobel, known for her extensive and charitable efforts toward improving the lives of Middle Tennessee’s homeless, impoverished and less fortunate populations. The annual awards ceremony celebrates Strobel’s service and recognizes those who continue her legacy.