Longtime community volunteers Mary Ann and Bill Blaufuss and Saint Mary Villa Child Development Center executive director Mike Miller will be honored with the Spirit of Service Award on Wednesday, October 22, at the 2014 Celebration of Mission to Service.
The Celebration, a benefit for Catholic Charities of Tennessee and Saint Mary Villa Child Development Center, will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Hillwood Country Club.
"The Spirit of Service Award is presented to individuals who have been significant contributors to the well-being of the clients served by Catholic Charities and Saint Mary Villa and who reflect the agencies' values of love, goodwill, kindness, learning and laughter," said Bill Sinclair, Catholic Charities of Tennessee executive director.
"Mary Ann and Bill truly personify these values," he added. "The Spirit of Service Award recognizes their service to Catholic Charities and Saint Mary Villa and to many other Nashville charitable and nonprofit organizations."
"Clearly, Mike Miller also embodies these values," Sinclair continued. "He has led Saint Mary Villa Child Development Center for ten years, directly - and positively - impacting the lives of the hundreds of Middle Tennessee children who have passed through the CDC's doors, as well as their families."
Mary Ann and Bill Blaufuss are from Iowa and Kansas, respectively. Married 47 years with three children and four grandchildren, Mary Ann and Bill met at a Catholic singles social event after a lecture by Swiss priest and theologian Hans Kung. They arrived in Nashville in 1979, transferring here from Kansas City with Bill's employer, international accounting firm KPMG.
Mary Ann Blaufuss was the founding chair in 1997 and 1998 of the Catholic Charities Celebration of Charity and Service. She has also served on the board of Catholic Charities and the Cathedral parish council. In addition, she has been chair of the annual Legal Services campaign, chair of the Vanderbilt University School of Divinity annual campaign, president of the Tennessee League of Women Voters and treasurer of the Cheekwood Swan Ball.
Bill Blaufuss has served on the Diocese of Nashville finance committee and was board vice chair of Saint Thomas Health Services, president of the Serra Club of Nashville, board treasurer of Pope John Paul II High School, chair of the St. Henry parish finance committee and a member of the Ascension Health Services finance committee. Other past leadership activities include service to United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, Leadership Nashville, the Nashville Symphony, Inroads USA, Project Pencil, and the Center for Nonprofit Management.
They have participated weekly in their Cursillo group reunions for more than 30 years.
Cincinnati native Mike Miller has more than 30 years of experience in social services. He served as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, a cabinet level position, and, from 1991-2003, was director of Metro Nashville Social Services Department. Mike and his wife, Judy, have four children and seven grandchildren (with two more grandchildren due in November).
Miller has also been active in Middle Tennessee's Catholic community. He served on the Father Ryan High School Board of Trust for 12 years. Miller lectored at Cathedral of the Incarnation parish for 15 years and, for many years, helped promote Room in the Inn and Catholic Charities' Christmas Wishes Program there. Miller has also been called on by the Diocese on occasion to assist in educating the community on moral/legal issues regarding healthcare policy and to help coordinate the Bishop's Annual Appeal.
For information on tickets, go to the Catholic Charities of Tennessee website for the Celebration of Mission to Service page or contact Laura Jumonville (firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-760-1014).