Golden Apple Grant Winners!


News for Immediate Release


Contact: Kathleen Hawkins



Hendersonville, Tennessee – October 3, 2018 – The Hendersonville Chamber Foundation is excited to announce this year’s Golden Apple Grant winners. The purpose of the grant program is to address a unique need or to develop a creative new program which advances teaching and learning within the guidelines of the respective public or private school.  The grant project must fit within the established mission of the school and coincide with the goals and objectives of the school or school system.  Although a project may focus on a single teacher and classroom, teams supporting grade or discipline wide results are permissible, as well as a school-wide project. In each case, the project’s overall goals, specific time sensitive action steps, and evaluation of success must be clearly identified.  For team or school applications, a primary grant administrator must be identified as well as each team member.  The goal(s) of the project must have a direct impact on student success and learning and the funding requested cannot offset taxpayer funding already provided for the project.

Due to their creativity, commitment to excellence and dedication to educating their students, the following teachers will be awarded Golden Apple Grants on October 16th totaling nearly $15,000.


Kimberly Ponce with Merrol Hyde Magnet School

Amy Garrison with Hendersonville High School

Mary Sentell with Dr. William Burrus Elementary School

Carrie Allison with Lakeside Park Elementary and Gene W. Brown Elementary School

Sundy MacKorell with Indian Lake Elementary School

Dina Berkey and Beth Freeman with Beech Elementary School

Jennifer McCay with Station Camp Elementary School

Dr. Karen Jarratt with Station Camp Elementary School


On October 16th, the 6th annual Golden Apple Gala (Invitation Only Annual Teacher Appreciation Event) will be held at Blue Grass Yacht and Country Club. Members of the community can help us honor and celebrate all of our Hendersonville Area Teachers by donating gift cards or door prizes for the Golden Apple Gala to the Hendersonville Chamber Foundation.


The Chamber Foundation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit arm of the Hendersonville Area Chamber whose mission is to provide educational resources to the Hendersonville community. Fundraising for the Foundation is obtained through personal and business donations, advertising sales for the Portrait of Hendersonville, and the annual Freedom Festival event held every July 3. Since its inception, the Chamber Foundation has donated over $100,000 to support teachers and we hope to continue to increase the level of funding for this project. 

The Hendersonville Chamber Foundation has created a Golden Apple Grant program to promote education in the greater Hendersonville area as served by the Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce. 

 “I appreciate our community, our businesses, and the chamber foundation showing their support for our professional teachers. The city’s ability to provide services is directly related to the quality of our teachers and achievements of our students.”         Thank you.  Jamie Clary

                        Mayor of the City by the Lake—Hendersonville, Tennessee



Founded in 1970, the Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce is the community’s premier advocate and champion for business.  Its primary objective is to create a climate of growth and success in the Hendersonville Area by being the premier organization for the connection, advocacy, promotion, and support of local business.  By leveraging the support, talent and resources of its diverse businesses and members, the Hendersonville Area Chamber is one of the leading organizations helping to improve the economic vitality and quality of life for everyone.  Current membership stands at approximately 937. ###

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