Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone, the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, today announced that Laura Allen, Vice President for Development, has been named the recipient of the 2008-2009 Sustainer Service Award by the Junior League of Nashville. The award honors Allen’s outstanding volunteerism and commitment to volunteer education and training, as well as her community involvement and support of the ongoing activities of the Junior League.
“We are proud that Laura has received this recognition for her service and dedication to the community,” said Dr. Bob Vero, CEO of Centerstone. “Laura is a true asset to this community, and we salute her for her hard work and support of important programs at Centerstone, as well as her commitment to the Junior League and other organizations throughout Middle Tennessee.”
As Vice President for Development at Centerstone, Allen oversees all fundraising aspects for the non-profit behavioral health provider including the Sustaining Fund Campaign, Planned Giving, Honor or Memorial Gifts, and fundraising events throughout the year such as The Giving Card and A Gingerbread World.
Allen currently serves as the Sustainer Representative for the Development Council of the Junior League and has assisted in the execution of the group’s fundraising efforts this year. Allen joined the Junior League in 1985 and was an active member for more than 15 years, volunteering for Leagues in Boston and Boca Raton, Fla. before moving to Nashville. She also serves on the board of directors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the advisory committee for Women United in Giving of United Way. Allen has volunteered with many local organizations including Cheekwood, Belle Meade Plantation, Senior Citizens Inc. (now FiftyForward), RASAC (now Sexual Assault Center), Ronald McDonald House, and the Nashville Ballet.
The Junior League of Nashville is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, is the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare. With a history that spans over fifty years, Centerstone provides a full range of behavioral health and related educational services to more than 75,000 individuals of all ages and their families annually. Children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and families all receive help from a multitude of different programs in nearly 130 facilities and 200 partnership locations in Indiana and Tennessee. Centerstone is accredited by The Joint Commission in Indiana and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Tennessee. For more information about Centerstone, please call toll free at 888-291-4357.