The Williamson County Fair Board, with assistance provided by Friends of the Fair, recently purchased 1,503 gift cards from 37 locally owned businesses for Williamson County Fair Gives Back, an initiative to provide for area first responders.
Seven of the businesses also contributed to the program with additional gift cards.
Williamson County Fair representatives distributed the gift cards this week to members of the Brentwood police and fire and rescue departments and 911 dispatchers, Fairview police and fire departments, Williamson County Sheriff's Office, Williamson County Public Safety, Williamson County Rescue Squad, Franklin police and fire departments, and Williamson Medical Center. The gift cards are a thanks from the Williamson County Fair Association to the first responders and medical professionals for their tireless efforts to serve the community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kristy Borden, Williamson County Emergency Communications operations manager, said the gift card donations are a valuable reminder to her team of 911 dispatchers that their work is essential and is recognized by the community.
“During this difficult time of COVID-19, our 911 dispatchers have gone through a lot,” she said. “We are essential workers every day, but during this time when so many others were home, we were still working through the chaos. I want to thank the Fair Board for including us in their gift and helping show this team of professionals that they do matter and that they are appreciated.”
Williamson County Emergency Management Planner Daniel Kelly said the fair’s efforts show how the community is working together to get through the crisis.
"We are so grateful for the generous gift from the Fair Board,” he said. “It is wonderful that our local Williamson County businesses will directly benefit from it as well. It is incredibly important that we all work together during these times, and this is a direct reflection of that."
In addition to the gift cards, the Williamson County Fair Board voted to provide funding for food and utility assistance by making donations to local nonprofits One Generation Away and GraceWorks Ministries.
The Williamson County Fair Board recently announced its decision to postpone this year’s in-person fair to 2021. The board is currently working on plans for a virtual 2020 fair experience in August. More information will be posted on the fair’s website at www.williamsoncountyfair.org and on social media.
The Williamson County Fair gratefully acknowledges its 2019 sponsors, whose efforts allow the Fair to support its local community during these times: A. Marshall Hospitality; Atmos Energy; AT&T; Berry Farms; Buerger, Moseley & Carson, PLC; Cigna; City of Brentwood; City of Fairview; Collier Engineering; Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group; Embassy Suites Nashville South; Farm Bureau Health Plans; First Farmers & Merchants Bank; Franklin Marriott Cool Springs; Franklin Synergy Bank; Friends of Agriculture; Haury & Smith; Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Nashville South; Image 360; Lee Company; Maristone Franklin Assisted Living; Maynard Home Services; McArthur Sanders Real Estate; McDonald’s; Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation; Miles Auto Spa; Moody’s Tire & Auto Service; Nissan; Patterson, Hardee & Ballentine, CPAs; Pinnacle Financial Partners; Purity Dairies, LLC; Riverbend Nurseries; Schneider Electric; Soulshine Pizza; Stoney Creek Farms; The Grove/Tennessee Golf Carts; The Home Depot; Tennessee Contractors; Tennessee Valley Homes; Tito’s Mexican Restaurant; Topgolf of Nashville; Tractor Supply Company; Tri-green Equipment; TwiceDaily; Vanderbilt Medical Center; Williamson County Farm Bureau; Williamson Farmers Co-op; and Williamson Medical Center.