We are honored to have WON the category of Best Nonprofit in the 2020 “Best of Blue Ridge” Community Choice Awards!
The Best of Blue Ridge Awards are sponsored by the Hendersonville Times-News. Citizens of Henderson County vote yearly for their choices of the best businesses and organizations in our community. Stand T.A.L.L. was thrilled to be chosen by our neighbors as the #1 nonprofit in the county.
“We’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished in just over three years of very hard work,” says Stand T.A.L.L. president Ron Kauffman, noting that Stand T.A.L.L. was in the excellent company of several large, well-established nonprofits such as the Blue Ridge Humane Society and the Hospice Foundation for the award.
Thank you to our community for voting us #1! It is our honor to serve the men and woman of our local law enforcement, and we are looking forward to many more years of encouraging and increasing awareness of the importance of good relationships between law enforcement and the citizens of our WNC and upstate SC communities.
STAND T.A.L.L. began when founder Ron Kauffman heard David Clarke, former Sheriff of Milwaukee County, speak at an exposition in Atlanta in 2016. Clarke described many of the challenges and dangers that the men and women of law enforcement face in the line of duty, and asked that those attending the conference say “thank you” to law enforcement officers when they went back to their hometowns.
Ron did more than just say thanks; upon his return to Hendersonville, he decided he’d launch a program that would support local law enforcement officers by fostering positive relationships between them and our communities, as well as provide support for unbudgeted needs they have in performing their duties. STAND T.A.L.L. was born.
STAND T.A.L.L. was selected by the Walnut Cove Members Association (WCMA) to receive a donation for $5000 to assist in their many projects and programs including "Kids & Cops" at the Boys & Girls Club, and "Shop with a Hero" in conjunction with the Hendersonville Police Department. We are grateful!
Left to right:
John McNabb, STAND T.A.L.L. Board Member and Walnut Cove resident
Ron Kauffman, President of STAND T.A.L.L.
Robert May, Chairman of the WCMA selection committee and resident of Walnut Cove
As part of our Shop with a Hero program, STAND T.A.L.L. sponsored 10 kids, giving each child a $100 voucher for Christmas shopping!
Our team and one of the children(Brian Lopez) are pictured here. What a great and joyful day. We are very proud of this project and think it's safe to say that the children and families are, as well!
STAND T.A.L.L. Thank A Local Lawman presented the Law Enforcement Division at Blue Ridge Community College with a $1000.00 donation. The donation is to be used to help pay tuition and related course costs for one or more incoming students selected by the Division’s team that oversees their 16-week Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) class.
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