Charles Strobel to receive Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award

Charles Strobel

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee will present the 25th annual Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award to Charles Strobel at a luncheon event to be held on in the Davidson Room of Nashville’s Music City Center on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 11:30 am. The Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award was created to perpetuate the memory of a remarkable person who led our community by strength of character and unwavering integrity. The award is given annually to individuals who, like Joe, have made life better for others through hard work, bold dedication to service and strong faith in the human spirit.

A native Nashvillian and a revered member of the Catholic Community, Charles Strobel has dedicated his life to offering hospitality and hope to the city’s homeless population. He is founding director of Room in the Inn, which, since 1986 has provided shelter for almost 1,500 homeless individuals each winter through the combined effort of what is now nearly 200 Nashville-area congregations and more than 7,000 volunteers. In 1995, the organization opened its downtown campus, which offers emergency services, transitional programs and long-term solutions to help people rebuild their lives.

Established in 1993, the Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award recognizes community leaders who embody the strength of character and unwavering integrity of the late Joe Kraft. Past honorees include Francis S. Guess, Jayme and McDonald Williams, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, John Seigenthaler, Clayton McWhorter, Aubrey Harwell, Monroe J. Carell Jr., Pauline Gore, Martha Ingram, Karl Dean, Jim Haslam II, Steve and Cal Turner Jr., Phil Bredesen and Andrea Conte, Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley, Jack B. Turner, and Jerry B. Williams, among others.

The Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award Fund continues the memory of Joe Kraft, who made Middle Tennessee a better place to live through his dedication to community, home and hearth, and individuals in need. The committee who chooses the recipient is particularly interested in nominations of community leaders who, like Joe, sometimes function behind the scenes. The person(s) named as the recipient of this annual award receives the opportunity to recommend that grants from this Fund be distributed to charities in which he or she believes.

The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit

The Kraft luncheon will be held Friday, November 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the Music City Center’s Davidson Ballroom in Nashville. Tickets are $80 per person, and tables of 10 can be reserved for $800. Reservations for the event can be made through October 31 online at The Community Foundation’s website ( or by calling 615-321-4939.