Due to our community's continued generosity & support, another check was presented to One Generation Away last Thursday by Ed & Christine Klehammer, long-time WH residents who have been making weekly trips to One Gen's warehouse on behalf of the WH Foundation delivering food donations since 2/20.
(In photo below, from L-R, Elaine Whitney, Ed Klehammer & Chris Whitney. The Whitneys are the Founders/Directors of One Gen.)
Since then, WH residents have donated almost $20,000 & approx 20,000 lbs of food.
This most recent check was the result of contributions made to meet One Gen's need to purchase a used fork lift. This past March, it lost its lease with little notice. While they were able to find a great space, it is without a ramp thus making it quite a challenge to transfer food from vehicles into the warehouse.
We are within $1000 of meeting our desired goal. A donation of any amount would help us inch toward achieving it.
By Carole Robinson • Williamson Herald Staff Writer Jun 14, 2021
When Westhaven residents formed the Westhaven Foundation in 2000, board members included college scholarships as part of the foundation’s primary focus.
The scholarships are based on the spirit of the Westhaven community, which promotes exemplary volunteer service within the community and beyond.
The Westhaven Foundation’s $2,500 Fountain Scholarship and $1,000 secondary scholarship are presented to college-bound seniors who live in Westhaven. The $2,500 Grimes Lift Scholarship and $1,000 secondary scholarship are presented to seniors who live in Williamson County but not in Westhaven.
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In 2006, the very early years of Franklin’s Westhaven community, Southern Land Company, the developer, provided residents with the opportunity to create the Westhaven Foundation as a nonprofit organization.
Its mission is to bridge residents and fundraisers “through financial support and volunteerism” while encouraging others in the community to create their own programs and “make a difference.”
Westhaven Has a Heart Day rose out of the foundation’s care and compassion committee in an attempt to help others by doing more than writing a check.
“We can do more; we want to do more,” said Jeff Carson, Westhaven Foundation president. “Things come up.”
On June 3rd, Larry Yarborough and Dana Hardy, on behalf of the Westhaven Foundation's Care & Compassion Committee, presented a check to OneGenerationAway! The check was made possible by the generous donation by Christopher Hodges, a relatively new Westhaven resident who hails from Mississippi and who opened up a State Farm branch in the Cool Springs office in October. Please join me in welcoming the Hodges to Westhaven and thanking Christopher for his magnanimity and his community mindedness.
The Westhaven Foundation presented a check last week for $53,000 to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, representing proceeds from the 2019 Concert 4 The Cure (C4TC), to support pediatric cancer research at the hospital.
The 14th annual C4TC took place Sept. 7, 2019, on the great lawn of the Residents’ Center in Westhaven, a Southern Land Company (SLC) community. The night featured a mix of popular bands, an extensive silent auction, food and the promise of raising vital dollars for pediatric cancer research.
“This is an incredibly important event to so many people in Franklin, and especially within Westhaven where multiple families have dealt directly with childhood cancer,” said Matt Magallanes, Vice President of Business Development at SLC and board member of the Westhaven Foundation. “Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital does world-renowned work that the Foundation, Southern Land Company and so many sponsors, volunteers and concert attendees are honored to support.”
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Congratulations to Jeff Carson who was recently elected to serve as the Board President for the Westhaven Foundation.
Jeff is Senior Vice President with Diversified Trust Co. in Nashville, Tennessee. Jeff serves firm-wide as Senior Fiduciary Officer, charged with leadership and ongoing oversight of the Firm’s comprehensive trust and estate services.
He is actively involved with numerous community and professional organizations, including as a Board Member of The Westhaven Foundation and The Planned Giving Council of Middle Tennessee, for which he currently serves as President and has also recently served as co-Program Chair and President-Elect. He is also serves on the Executive Council of the Estates and Probate Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, for which he served as Chair in 2016-2017. Jeff is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Middle Tennessee. He is currently serving a five-year term as a Commissioner on the Historic Zoning Commission for the City of Franklin, Tennessee and serves as a Member of the District 6 Investigation Committee of the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners.
The Westhaven Foundation hosted a 5K Memory Run and Kids Fun Run on May 4, 2019 and raised $17,000 for the Tennessee Alzheimer’s Association. The Westhaven community has hosted numerous charitable runs within the neighborhood, but this was the first to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. The Westhaven Foundation is the community’s not-for-profit charitable entity.
“We were very encouraged with this year’s turn-out and fundraising effort,” said Matt Magallanes, President of the Westhaven Foundation. “We want to thank all of our sponsors and those community members who came out in support of this critical organization which does so much to help families across the state battle Alzheimer’s. This will now be an annual event for us with the goal of larger donations and increased participation.”
“We are proud to say that the Westhaven Foundation has made the largest contribution to our organization in 2019,” said Kelsey Williams, Manager of Development and Initiatives for the Alzheimer’s Association of Tennessee. “We are grateful for their generosity and look forward to next year’s event in the interest of generating even more awareness for this important cause.”
Our own Dana Hardy has been announced as a nominee for the Exemplary Community Volunteer Award. Read the news story here!
From Dana Hardy - Such an honor and pleasure to represent the Westhaven Foundation and to be part of such an awesome organization as Habitat for Humanity Williamson/Maury and, specifically, Women Build. Maria Herrera, congratulations on your beautiful new home!
The Westhaven Foundation College Scholarship Committee is proud to announce the Westhaven and Williamson County student winners of its 2019 Scholarships. Congratulations to Nicole Michele Bertorello daughter of Westhaven residents Michele and Thomas Bertorello; and Steele Taylor Schoebert son of Mitzi & Richard Schoebert from Spring Hill, TN Williamson County. Both rising freshman demonstrated their voluntary efforts in the area of activism and community involvement.
The Westhaven Foundation presented Habitat with a check for $2500 at the May 5th Singer Songwriter Night, at the The Westhaven Foundation presented Habitat with a check for $2500 at the May 5th Singer Songwriter Night, at the Residence Center. The evening including a taco bar, beer, margaritas and more, embracing the Cinco de Mayo date. The silent auction held during the evening was also a success.
Songwriters Josh Kerr, Jacob Davis and Parker Welling provided the entertainment portion of the evening. The sold out crowd thoroughly enjoyed the music and the many funny stories the songwriters told the audience about some of the stories behind the songs.
Future Habitat homeowners Maria Herrera and her son, joining the event later in the evening, were also introduced to the audience. A thoroughly fun way to contribute to an important cause.
We are right on schedule. Special Thanks to the focus group leaders, The committee, The Foundation Board, Our sponsors, and the Town Center Investors.Representatives pictured left to right are: Mark McCutcheon- Vice President of The Westhaven Foundation, Doug Sharp- Park Committee and a Major Sponsor, Allison Owens Ude- Resident and Foundation Park Committee, Chris Ude- Resident and Foundation Park Committee, John Harvey- Franklin Stone and Major Sponsor, Levi and Henry Below, Residents, John Mattox- Paddle Dog and Committee Member, Jon Herrold-- Southern Land Construction and Major Sponsor, Matt Magllanes, President of the Westhaven Foundation. Congrats to everybody on this momentous day.