Robert Blair Receives “Ed Moody Award of Excellence”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee (BGCMT) announced Robert Blair as the recipient of the 5th “Ed Moody Award to Excellence.” Blair will accept the award at the 28th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner taking place Thursday, May 11 in Liberty Hall in the Factory at Franklin.

Blair has served on the Franklin Special School Board of Education since 2003, and he currently holds the office of Vice Chair. In 2016, Blair was named to the Tennessee School Board’s Association, All-Tennessee School Board, an honor granted to only five School Board members across the state. In 2011, Blair achieved the highest designation a school board member can earn: Level V board status, a Master School Board Member. 

Blair is a Franklin native, graduate of the Franklin Special School District and has been involved with the Franklin Boys & Girls Club for 28 years.

In addition to his dedication to Boys & Girls Clubs, Blair’s service includes work with Leadership Franklin, Youth Leadership Franklin, My Friend’s House, WAVES, and Franklin Tomorrow. Additionally, he holds professional memberships in the state and national affiliate of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE). In 2015, he was elected president of the Greater Nashville NABSE. Blair is also the education director at Cummins Street Church of Christ and owns B. Media Communications, a strategic planning and board development agency that provides communications strategies for non-profits.

28th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner
Inquoris “Inky” Johnson, former University of Tennessee football defensive back, will speak at the 28th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. Johnson will share his inspiring journey following a career ending injury.

September 9, 2006, started as a normal college football game in Neyland Stadium. For Johnson, though, the game changed everything. A routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury, and nothing has been normal for Johnson since. Johnson’s right arm was paralyzed, and he was left suffering from pain daily.

While Johnson’s dream to play professional sports was crushed, his spirit was not. Johnson has a master’s degree in sports psychology from the University of Tennessee. He devotes much of his time to mentoring athletes and underprivileged youth. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife Allison and their beautiful children, Jada and Inky, Jr.

This year’s dinner will be held on Thursday, May 11th in Liberty Hall at the Factory of Franklin. The event begins at 6pm. Tickets can be purchased at Individual tickets are $125 each. Tables of eight (8) are also available for $1,000. Each table will include six (6) adults and two (2) Club kids. The Steak & Burger Dinner includes dinner (steak for kids and mouth-watering hamburgers for adults), entertainment, and a silent auction.

Top-tier sponsorship levels include the $10,000 Presenting Sponsor, $7,500 Diamond Sponsor, $5,000 Gold Sponsor, and $2,500 Silver Sponsor. Sponsors receive numerous advantages ranging from various advertisements to tickets and tables.

For more information please contact Denise Carothers at 615-628-8188 or [email protected]

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