Leadership Brentwood, sponsored by the Williamson County Chamber Foundation, provides an educational format promoting the free exchange of ideas and fostering an attitude of increased participation and commitment within the community. The initiative targets present and future leaders, youth and alumni of the program.

The purpose of the program is to identify and educate present and future leaders and integrate them into the Brentwood community. The Class of 2022 started its journey in August of 2021 and graduated on April 6.

Each class is broken up into groups that then fundraise for enrichment projects within the city. The projects leave a lasting impact benefiting the city of Brentwood.

“Since Leadership Brentwood was established in 1991, there have been nearly 100 projects completed, ranging from developing a plan which ultimately evolved into the FiftyForward Martin Center to establishment of a public safety memorial garden at city hall to honor fire and police,” said Lynn Tucker, the director at Williamson, Inc. who oversees the leadership programs. “Each project, whether big or small in nature, is our Leadership Brentwood way to give back to the community we all love and of which we are proud.”

A group within the 2022 class has chosen a project at Marcella Vivrette Smith Park to enhance the visual experience for people who are colorblind. The Chromatic View Finder Station Procurement and Installation Project by the B-52, the name the group chose, aims to install specially equipped viewfinders that will enable colorblind people to experience the grandeur of the park’s scenery and history.

More than 13 million people in the U.S. are colorblind, meaning they can only see about 10% of hues and shades. Color vision deficiency (CVD), aka colorblindness, affects about 7-8% of the population. The majority of color vision deficiency affects males, with less than 1% affecting females.

Colorblindness occurs when an individual is unable to see colors in a normal way. It is also known as color deficiency. Colorblindness often happens when someone cannot distinguish between certain colors. This usually happens between greens and reds, and occasionally blues.

“The project came about because we identified a need,” said Anna Lisa Roberts, a member of the B-52 team. “This amenity will help community members who are colorblind enjoy the beauty of learning about Smith Park.”

Marcella Vivrette Smith Park houses Ravenswood Mansion, known as the “jewel of the city.” The park hosts thousands of people a year who come to hike, learn about history and attend private events at the mansion.

The group has set a goal to raise $3,500 to purchase an ADA-compliant viewfinder. If they can raise more than the goal amount, the hope is to purchase additional equipment.

To learn more about Leadership Brentwood or apply for the Class of 2023, visit www.leadershipbrentwood.com. The new class will start in August.

Those interested in donating to the project should make checks payable to Williamson County Chamber Foundation and enter B-52s in the name field or pay by credit card at www.williamsonchamber.com/leadership-donation/. Tax-deductible donations will be processed through the Williamson County Chamber Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

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