Luncheon honors Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, Jimmy Church, Cheri Henderson, Harvey Hoskins and Avery Patton for their service to the North Nashville community
By Kate Donlevy
The Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (J.U.M.P.) celebrated 20 years of work developing, fostering, and promoting cooperative economic development in North Nashville with a Dec. 1 awards luncheon, hosted by former Mayor Karl Dean, at Meharry Medical College’s Cal Turner Family Center.
From its annual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival to a shuttle service for inner-city seniors, J.U.M.P. hashas multiple programs that support, involve and engage the community. It has also partnered with other organizations to present community events like the recently successful Jefferson Street Art Crawl.
“J.U.M.P. is a very special organization—in fact, I’ve been involved with J.U.M.P. and known Sharon (Hurt) for some time, and the things that J.U.M.P. stands for, improving the lives of people, and doing it together is so meaningful for our city,” Dean said. “The belief in celebrating the past and planning for the future of our city and is what makes us great. Jefferson Street’s history is indeed an enrichment to the fabric of our community and is something we should tap to bring us together.”
The anniversary luncheon celebrated 20 years of hard work put forth by J.U.M.P., its current program offerings as well as honored prominent members of the Nashville community who have made an impact on the success of the organization. Honorees included Mayor Megan Barry, Jimmy Church, Cheri Henderson, Harvey Hoskins and Avery Patton.
The luncheon was presented by HCA’s TriStar Health System with additional support from the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, SAK, The Maynard Group and Mapco as sponsors for the event.
“It is an honor to reach this milestone,” said Sharon Hurt, president/CEO of J.U.M.P. and an at-large councilperson for Metro Nashville. “The community has rallied around us over the years. The work that we do assists people from all socio-economic backgrounds and has an opportunity to ensure those in the North Nashville community are not left out or left behind. That’s ultimately why I’m still here, fighting the fight of the persons and community that we serve.”
“I am thrilled to see the impact that this organization has on the lives of so many. It truly is an organization worth celebrating,” said Hurt.
More about the honorees:
• Mayor Megan Barry is currently serving as Nashville’s Mayor. More notably, she is the first woman and the first sitting member of the Metro Council to ever be elected mayor. After moving to Nashville in 1991 to pursue a degree from Vanderbilt University, she decided to remain in Music City and call it home. In 2007 and 2011, Barry was elected as an at-large member of the Metro Council. Since being elected mayor, Barry has focused on improving schools, creating affordable housing, and building on Nashville’s economic growth.
• Jimmy Church is a Nashville native and leader of The Jimmy Church Band. After entering music professionally while still in high school, Church began seeing a bright musical career ahead of him. From starting out with vocal group the Seniors, Church pursued many endeavors including Johnny Otis’ band in Los Angeles before deciding to return back to the South to begin a solo recording career with the Hickory label. His current band has been featured nationally in Vogue Magazine and on TLC’s television show, “Say Yes to the Dress.”
• Cheri Henderson is the president/CEO of the Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council. She works to create connections between large corporations and minority-owned small businesses. Her work is very notable around the Nashville community where small businesses are constantly growing alongside bigger corporations.
• Harvey Hoskins currently serves as the managing partner at Hoskins and Company CPAs. With over thirty-six years of governmental and public accounting, he has vast experience with various financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, and government entities. Aside from his accounting experience, Hoskins is a very active member of the Nashville community. He has been recognized as Small Business Person of the Year and has served many community organizations including the Board of Directors and finance committee of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce.
• Avery Patton is a prominent member of the Nashville community, serving as the president of the Dirty Dozen Men’s Organization, a group focused on mentoring inner-city youth. He serves as the current training coordinator for the Metro Division of Assessments, as well as an assistant basketball coach for the boy’s team at East Nashville Magnet High School. Patton also holds membership with the Nashville Alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
For more information on J.U.M.P., please visit www.jumpnashville.com.