Sandra Moody Sullivan Named “Ed Moody Award of Excellence” Recipient

Sandra Moody Sullivan Named “Ed Moody Award of Excellence” Recipient

Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee (BGCMT) announced Sandra Moody Sullivan as the recipient of the 4th “Ed Moody Award of Excellence.”  She will accept the award at the 27th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner taking place on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Jamison Hall in the Factory at Franklin.


Sullivan is the niece of the late Ed Moody and has been an after-school volunteer tutor at the Franklin Club for more than two years. She taught in the Williamson County Schools system for 42 years. The “Ed Moody Award of Excellence” honors the revered Williamson County businessman, who helped establish the Franklin Boys & Girls Club in 1989. Moody co-founded Moody Tire Co. after World War II with his brother, Tom, who was Sullivan’s father. Moody’s widow, Eileen, will present the award to her niece.


“I’m very honored to receive this award, particularly since it is named for my uncle Ed,” said Sullivan, daughter of the late Tom and Isabelle Moody. She is the mother of Lisa Carson, Rachel Sullivan, and the late Jennifer McGhee. “I started working with the Club in August of 2014, and I help the youth with whatever work they have, not just math,” Sullivan said.


Teaching children is nothing new for Sullivan, an Auburn University graduate who began her education career in 1963 in Columbus, GA. From 1970-1985, she taught at Lipscomb Elementary, and from 1986-2014 at Grassland Middle School. Sullivan had compiled 18 months of unused sick days upon her retirement.


A member of Franklin First United Methodist Church, Sullivan said she was surprised that she had been named to receive the Moody Award. “I’m a supporting player, not a star,” Sullivan said.


About the Steak & Burger Dinner

The Steak & Burger Dinner is one of Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee’s oldest and most time honored traditions. While the event is a fundraiser, it is designed to honor Club members and engage supporters of our organization with the young people who benefit from their generosity. During the event, while all attendees gain inspiration from a keynote speaker, adults dine on finely prepared hamburgers while Club members are honored with special steak dinners, which for some,

may represent their very first steak dinner. The Steak & Burger Dinner incorporates an evening of good food, great entertainment, and interaction with Boys & Girls Clubs’ youth at each table.


Each table consists of six (6) adults and two (2) kids so that event attendees learn about the kids in a unique setting.  Steak & Burger Dinner table sponsorships are $1,000 and include tickets for six guests and two Club members. Individual tickets are $125 each, which buys a burger for one adult and a steak dinner for a Club youth member. Top-tier 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. Tickets and tables can be reserved at For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Denise Carothers, Area Director and Resource Development Director, Williamson County, at 615-628-8188 or


About The Ed Moody Award of Excellence

The Ed Moody Award of Excellence, an annual honor from the Williamson County Advisory Board, recognizes an individual who has made a lasting impact with the Franklin and Fairview Boys & Girls Clubs and the Williamson County community. Each year the award is chosen by a panel of Williamson County Advisory Board members, Boys & Girls Clubs professional staff and community leaders.


About Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee

For more than 113 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee (BGCMT) has enabled all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Annually, more than 3,400 youth are served at seven Middle Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs and through community outreach initiatives. Clubs are located in Davidson & Williamson counties. Boys & Girls Clubs provides a safe place, professional caring staff, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.  To learn more, please visit, like us on Facebook [GreatFuturesStartHere] or follow us on Twitter @BGCMT.


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