Mollie Gavigan Award

Mollie Burd Gavigan was a dear friend and support to DSAMT and the Down syndrome community. When her daughter Jeanne was born with Down syndrome, Mollie was determined to provide her with a Catholic education, so Mollie helped to establish the Hand in Hand program for children with cognitive disabilities at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville. Mollie was a strong advocate for the Down syndrome community, and her support greatly benefited DSAMT.

In honor of Mollie’s legacy, DSAMT created the Mollie Gavigan Service Award to recognize outstanding service to the Down syndrome community.

2021 Recipient - Kay Dodd

Kay Dodd was instrumental in starting the Hand-In-Hand Options program at St. Ann School, where her youngest child, Hannah, who happens to have Down syndrome  attended 7th and 8th grades and was a pilot student in the Hand in Hand program. She was tenacious in ensuring not just Hannah, but all students received the support they needed in the program. In 2020, Kay Joined the Board of Directors for the Nashville Catholic Diocese Hand-In-Hand Options and serves as the Chair of the Advancement Committee. Kay also serves as Board President for The ARC of Davidson County and Greater Nashville and past Board Vice President of the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee.

Past Recipients:

2020 - Carolyn Naifeh
2019 - Justin Gilbert, Erin Richardson & Jessica Salonas
2018 - Award moved from Buddy Walk® to 3.21.2019

2017 - Adelaide Nicholson, Ed.D 
2016 - Stephanie Mullowney
2015 - Elise McMillan
2014 - Sheila Moore

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