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Local Communities Receive Regional Awards – Transylvania County NC


Last updated 11/21/2016 at 6:07pm

Cedar Mountain Community members Suzanne Lawson, Jane Vanhook, Linda Young and Clint Owings receiving Community of Promise Award presented by Lumpy Lambert with Harrah's Valley River Casino & Hotel.

In a time of complexities and uncertainties, there is still a lot of "great" taking place in Western North Carolina. A celebration of the work of 64 rural communities in the mountains took place on Nov. 12 at the 67th WNC Honors Awards Program. More than 250 community leaders from 15 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee attended the luncheon to be inspired, recognized and rewarded for their exceptional community development programs at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

"Our rural communities in Transylvania County are dedicated and work tirelessly on numerous projects," said Linda Lamp, executive director of WNC Communities. "These communities make a great difference in the quality of life for all of us in the mountains. It is only appropriate that we honor them and draw on their continuous positive example of neighbor helping neighbor."

Communities of Promise receive a cash award of $1,000 and were chosen because of the initiatives implemented by the community that show promise and can be replicated around the region. The winners in this category from Transylvania County were the Cedar Mountain Community Center and the Lake Toxaway Community Club.

Engaged Communities receive a cash award of $500 and are engaged in numerous programs impacting their residents. The winner in this category from the county was the Balsam Grove Community Center.

Lake Toxaway Community members Susan Breedlove, Wanda Shelton, Chris Craft, Jan Plemmons, Bobby Richardson, Jan Warren presented Community of Promise Award by Jo Ray of Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort. (Photo provided by rbmcgee portraits)

Generous sponsorships from Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Harrah's Valley River Casino & Hotel, Biltmore Farms, Inc., Duke Energy, Mission Health, The McClure Fund, Buncombe County Farm Bureau, Carolina Farm Credit, First Citizens Bank and Wells Fargo made it possible to award a record amount of $39,500 to the 64 community centers and clubs throughout the mountains for innovative approaches to addressing community needs.

Community centers and clubs across the region voluntarily participate in the annual WNC Honors Awards by submitting an application to WNC Com-munities in September. The 64 communities involved in this year's program represented a total of 5,375 volunteers with an impressive 158,000 hours in outreach programs dedicated to beautification, conservation, education, health and wellness, as well as collaborative efforts with government, extension, community colleges, nonprofits and businesses, all in service to rural communities.

In addition, the collective fundraising efforts of these communities brought in over $635,000 for everything from neighbor helping neighbor to after school programs, senior meal sites, farmland preservation, a tele-medicine clinic, and events highlighting the region's great art, craft, and music traditions.


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