|The Vince Gill Volunteer of the Year Award is annually given to a member of the Sneds Tour that embodies the giving spirit and commitment that Vince Gill has shown to various charities including junior golf. Many junior golfers dedicate their time and efforts to help volunteer for organizations in their respective hometowns and the Sneds Tour would like to annually recognize one of it’s members and honor them with this award. Vince Gill moved to Tennessee in 1983 in order to further his music career and became a chart and sales success later in the decade. It wasn’t long before Vince gained a reputation as an entertainer charities could count on for support. Besides hosting The Vinny, Vince has hosted the T.J. Martell Golf Tournament benefiting cancer and leukemia research, Belmont University’s music program and numerous other causes. Vince has received many awards to honor his commitments to various charities and organizations. Some of these include the 2001 naming of The First Tee facility in Nashville as the VinnyLinks, the 2003 PGA of America Distinguished Service Award, and in 2005 the Tennessee Golf Foundation inducted Vince as their 24th member of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame.|
2016 Vince Gill Volunteer of the Year
Wyatt Berry (Germantown, TN)
From his nomination:
"Wyatt loves life both on the golf course and off. His fun loving attitude and willingness to serve others has been demonstrated from a very young age. He has volunteered in many different capacities since junior high and continues to offer his generosity to this day.
He is often the "go-to-guy" at his church, school or any of the local non-profit organizations with which he is involved when there is a need for organizing, planning or teaching...
His unselfishness is not only demonstrated while serving local groups, but you will often find Wyatt on the driving range or the golf course with younger golfers offering advice on their swing or simply giving humble suggestions on how to improve their game. His instruction is always sought after and always well received due to his light hearted attitude and willingness to help all ages and abilities.
Wyatt attends Memphis University School... MUS challenges its students to work just as hard in the community as they do in the classroom and on the field. Wyatt took this challenge to heart and founded the Memphis University School chapter of Ducks Unlimited. The MUS Ducks Unlimited chapter is a 503b chapter, with all proceeds going to Ducks Unlimited. All the hours of planning, organizing and educating others are done as a volunteer.
Wyatt founded the chapter in 2014... After the first year, the chapter raised $17,000.00. Wyatt began to understand the true meaning of volunteerism by learning leadership, budgeting skills and fund raising. As the chapter grew and the word spread, the chapter was able to raise $60,000.00 for Ducks Unlimited in 2015 and earned its place as one of the top chapters in the country... His small idea (of creating a Ducks Unlimited Chapter at MUS) quickly turned into something he not only enjoys, but something that has created a true appreciation for volunteering in himself and his peers."