THE CHICO AWARD

Each year, the Tiny But Mighty Fund organizers recognize an outstanding individual who contributes to the welfare, brings awareness, assists in the prevention of animal cruelty, and/or raises funds for animals in our community with the Chico Award. This honoree is recognized with an award and an opportunity to donate $1,000 to an animal welfare/rights 501c3 organization of their choice. 

 

2018
THE GENTLE BARN

 
 Ellie Laks and Jay Wiener of   The Gentle Barn.

Ellie Laks and Jay Wiener of The Gentle Barn.

 

We are pleased to announce that the honorees of the 2018 Chico Award are Ellie Laks and Jay Wiener of The Gentle Barn. The Gentle Barn rescues, rehabilitates and gives sanctuary to severely abused animals. The animals then teach kindness, compassion and confidence to others.

"We’re so grateful for the Tiny But Mighty fund for your contribution to support The Gentle Barn and more specifically our baby goat Lolli’s prosthetics so she can walk again. Receiving this award means a lot to us because it makes us feel seen by the Nashville community for the work we do for animals and children."

- Ellie Laks and Jay Weiner of The Gentle Barn

 
 

2017
RYAN ANIMAL RESCUE FOUNDATION

 
  Logan & Ashley Ryan: 2017 Chico Award recipients

Logan & Ashley Ryan: 2017 Chico Award recipients

 

We are pleased to announce that the honorees of the 2017 Chico Award are Logan & Ashley Ryan of the Ryan Animal Rescue Foundation. This organization partners with animal welfare organizations around the world promoting adoption and offering grants and educational opportunities to better the lives of animals. RARF's founding program, Ryan's Monthly Rescue, uses founder Logan Ryan's status as an NFL player to promote difficult-to-adopt dogs on social media. RARF also provides monetary grants to areas of animal welfare that are often overlooked, such as training and behavior modification for shelter dogs. 

"The Ryan Animal Rescue Foundation is honored that our founders, Logan & Ashley Ryan, are the recipients of the 2017 Chico Award. We would like to thank the Tiny But Mighty Fund for recognizing the work Logan and Ashley have done to improve the lives of displaced animals throughout the country. This grant will help our organization in our efforts to promote adoption and help improve the adoptability of shelter dogs. We will continue to work with the Tiny But Mighty Fund in their efforts to celebrate the unbreakable bond between pets and their humans!" 

– Logan & Ashley Ryan, Founders of Ryan Animal Rescue Foundation

2016
Bonaparte's Retreat Dog Rescue

 
  Bonaparte's Retreat Dog Rescue: 2016 Chico Award Recipient

Bonaparte's Retreat Dog Rescue: 2016 Chico Award Recipient

 

"I am honored to be the second recipient of the Chico Award, but also deeply grateful to the Tiny But Mighty Fund for celebrating the unbreakable bonds between animals and their companions." – Emmylou Harris, Founder of Bonaparte's Retreat Dog Rescue

"Everyone at Crossroads Campus is delighted that the Tiny But Mighty Fund is recognizing our founding board member, Emmylou Harris, for all she has done to make life better for homeless animals in our community, and we are very grateful for the grant from the Tiny But Mighty Fund which will support our pet adoption and humane education programs! We join the Tiny But Mighty Fund in celebrating the unbreakable bond between people and their pets!"

 - Lisa Stetar, Executive Director of Crossroads Campus

2015

 
  Mayor Megan Barry: 2015 Chico Award Recipient

Mayor Megan Barry: 2015 Chico Award Recipient

 

"Pet adoption not only saves the lives of dogs and cats, but also helps to enrich the lives of those who adopt. As the parent of two rescue dogs, Hank and Boris, I’m extraordinarily grateful for the efforts of the Tiny But Mighty Fund to help find loving homes for dogs throughout Nashville.” 

- Megan Barry, former Mayor of Nashville