Franklin Furniture founder Hassell Franklin will be honored with the 2019 Red Rasberry Humanitarian Award this spring.

Regional Rehabilitation Center will present the award at an April 23 event at the Summit Center in Tupelo. Franklin will be recognized for his work on behalf of the center as well as many other causes in Houston, Chickasaw County and across Northeast Mississippi.

“Mr. Franklin has been so supportive to the Regional Rehab Center over the years and has done so much for North Mississippi,” Robby Parman, Director of Regional Rehab. “He deeply cares about the well being of individuals and helping others.”

And of course the event is more than a regional honor, it is a major fundraiser for an organization that has done much Northeast Mississippi and Chickasaw County.

The Regional Rehab Center has been in this area for over 50 years providing physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, early intervention services, and dyslexia services for individuals of all ages at no charge to the individual or their insurance company.

“This past year RRC was able to assist 1,169 individuals from 20 different counties that equaled almost 36,000 services,” Parman said. “These services could not be provided without the wonderful support of the community and from events such as the Red Rasberry Humanitarian Award Dinner.”

John “Red” Rasberry, a founder and former longtime executive director of Regional Rehab, was elected to five consecutive terms as Lee County Chancery Clerk and during most of that tenure maintained his active status in the military reserves. He was a passionate advocate for helping people with disabilities – physical and mental. Rasberry died in 2010 and the award was established in his honor.

Franklin, chairman and CEO of Franklin Corp., launched a small, family-owned business in 1970 and built it into one of the largest, privately owned furniture manufacturers in the nation, achieving consistent growth every year since its founding. Today Franklin employs a workforce of 1,200 that produces a diverse line of American-made upholstered motion furniture sold throughout the world.

Franklin has served as a Director of American Home Furnishings Alliance, as an Independent Director of BancorpSouth and as Director of North Mississippi Health Services.

This is the fifth year for Regional Rehab to present the award. Past recipients have included State Representative Steve Holland, Ripley banker Bobby Martin, B&B Concrete’s Henry Brevard and Three River Planning and Development Executive Randy Kelley.

Tickets can purchased by calling the center at (662) 842-1891 or by going to regionalrehabcenter.com.

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