Jack B. Turner Named 2016 Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award Recipient
Philanthropist and regional business leader Jack B. Turner has dedicated himself to a broad range of charitable causes throughout Middle Tennessee and beyond. He has done so by working to strengthen civic institutions and creating constructive conversation.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee will honor Turner with the 23rd annual Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award. Each year this award recognizes a person who, like the late Joe Kraft, demonstrates a "commitment to community, home and hearth, and individuals in need," said a news release.
The Kraft luncheon will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 11:30 a.m. at the Music City Center’s Davidson Room in Nashville. Tickets are $80 per person and tables of 10 can be reserved for $800.
A Clarksville native, Turner’s commitment to community service has extended from Austin Peay State University, near where he grew up, to the U.S. Army’s famed 101st Airborne Division in nearby Fort Campbell, to cities and counties across Middle Tennessee. His leadership has fostered the creation of the Ajax Turner Senior Citizens Center, the Fort Campbell Historical Foundation, Leadership Clarksville, and Leadership Middle Tennessee, to name a few.
Regarded as a key figure in the creation of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and a nationally recognized estate planner, he has helped others find their own singular ability to make charitable gifts that matter to them and to others.
"His authenticity and acumen have made Jack B. Turner & Associates a trusted resource for generations of Tennesseans and a blessing to the many charitable recipients of his clients’ generosity. His exceptional advocacy earned him membership in the Presidencies of the Million Dollar Round Table and the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting," the news release said.
Established in 1993, the Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award recognizes community leaders who embody the strength of character and unwavering integrity of the late Joe Kraft. Past honorees include Amy Grant and Vince Gill, John Seigenthaler, Francis S. Guess, Clayton McWhorter, Aubrey Harwell, Jayme and McDonald Williams, Monroe J. Carell Jr., Pauline Gore, Martha Ingram, Karl Dean, Jim Haslam II, Steve and Cal Turner Jr., Phil Bredesen and Andrea Conte, and Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley, among others.