Supporting the McNabb Center since 1972

Spirit Award Dinner

When: April 6, 2023

Where: Knoxville Convention Center

The Spirit Award Dinner began in 2004 to recognize individuals who have supported the efforts of the McNabb Center and Helen Ross McNabb Foundation, and have worked selflessly to improve lives in their community.  This year, the Helen Ross McNabb Foundation is pleased to honor Mitch & Debby Steenrod at the 2022 Spirit Award Dinner.

Mitch & Debby Steenrod are ardent advocates for the McNabb Center, helping with numerous committees, fundraising events, and campaigns. Their passion for our nation’s military and veterans paved the way for the Center’s Military Services program, which launched in 2016. Mitch serves as an active and engaged board member for both the Center and Foundation. Debby is heavily involved in the funding and participation of HonorAir.

The Spirit Award Dinner will take place at the Knoxville Convention Center, with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.

For more information about the 2022 Spirit Award Dinner, contact

Previous Recipients

2021 – Beth Haynes & Russell Biven
2019 – Adam & Jenny Brock and Wes & Liz Stowers
2018 – Sharon Miller Pryse
2017 – Joe and Melinda Connell
2016 – George and Cheryl Kershaw
2015 – Howard and Betty Blum
2014 – Emmet “Buck” Vaughn, Jr. and Linda Vaughn
2013 – Joe Mont McAfee and Kane McAfee
2012 – Bill Pugh and the late Henrietta Pugh
2011 – Bo Shafer and the late Mary Shafer
2010 – Rev. George Doebler and Nancy Doebler
2009 – Dale Keasling and Barbara Keasling
2008 – The George Sampson Family
2007 – The late Harry Stowers and Sarah Stowers
2005 – Hank Bertelkamp and the late Jane Bertelkamp
2004 – Dr. Joe Johnson