Maryville real estate agent Debra Whaley will receive the sixth annual Blount Award for volunteerism, philanthropy and community involvement on Sept. 27.

The doors for the event will open at 11:45 a.m. at the Hilton Knoxville Airport in Alcoa.

“The Blount Award recognizes and honors a deserving person who demonstrates their care for the community and its citizens,” a press release states.

“This award is given annually to an outstanding person. In keeping with the spirit of giving in East Tennessee, the Blount Award has been created to encourage volunteerism, philanthropy and community involvement.”

The event benefits and is the largest fundraiser for the Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service (SCHAS), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps keep seniors and the adult disabled stay safely in their homes and provide respite for their families with trained, in-home caregivers.

SCHAS serves 20 counties throughout East Tennessee. Unlike other caregiving agencies, SCHAS offers financial aid, known as a sliding scale fee, to clients who need the services but cannot afford the full fee nor are eligible for government assistance.

Whaley is the No. 1 agent for Realty Executives Maryville and 28th out of more than 10,000 agents who work for Realty Executives International.

She is a member of the boards of directors for Maryville Kiwanis, THE GATE (Gateway To Independence), Leadership Blount and United Way of Blount County; a 2010 graduate of Leadership Blount; member of The Pillars Society-United Way of Blount County; an Athena Leadership Award nominee two years in a row; and co-chair of April Foolies-The Clayton Center for the Arts.

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