Honoring Hometown Heroes

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Article Published: Apr. 19, 2012 | Modified: Apr. 22, 2012
Honoring Hometown Heroes

From left, Children’s Playhouse executive director Kathy Parham presents Pat Morgan with the 2010 Great Friend to Families Award.

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The nonprofit children’s museum, The Children’s Playhouse in Boone, will present 11 “Helping Hands” and 12 “Helping Hearts” awards at the 2012 Great Friend to Families Award luncheon on Saturday, April 21.

One overall winner, who will be announced at the luncheon, will be presented with a piece of local art and $500 to donate to the High Country nonprofit of their choice.

Tickets to the luncheon, which will be catered by Storie Street Grille, are available at http://www.goplayhouse.org.

Presented by Storie Street Grille and the Orthodontists & Pediatric Dentists Drs. Mayhew, Conn, Scheffler and Hardaway, the fourth annual Great Friend to Families award recognizes sustained contributions by an individual to the well-being of young children and their families in the High Country area.

This year The Playhouse will give awards in two categories: Helping Hands and Helping Hearts.
“Helping Hands awards celebrates professionals who, over the course of their careers, have shown extraordinary dedication to improving the lives of children and families, while Helping Hearts awards recognizes individuals who have touched the lives of children and families through generous philanthropy and/or outstanding volunteerism,” said Playhouse executive director Kathy Parham said.

The Helping Hands award winners are Jim Atkinson, Nancy Blair, Barbara Case, Heather Jordan, Crystal Kelly, Trish Lanier, Margaret Mullins, Gay Lynn Williams, Mary Willis and Joan Zimmerman.
The Helping Hearts are Susan Bolash, Christopher Clark, Kathleen Collins, Rebekah Cummings, Beth Darnell, Carolyn Garland, Betty Green, Jack and Karen James, Jo Anne Jenkins, Diandra “Lynn” Patterson, Bob and Wimsey Powell, Kim Roberts and Catherine Wilkinson.

Susan Jones of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, Ron Henries of the United Way and last year’s winners, Dick and Joan Hearn, will choose from the Helping Hands and Helping Hearts awards one overall winner who will be further honored as the 2012 Great Friend to Families award winner.

The luncheon will feature music and reflections from songwriter and teacher Lisa Baldwin. A past Teacher of the Year at Cove Creek School, Baldwin is a professional performer and songwriter and has created her own program for introducing very young children to the love of learning through music called “Music, Minds, and Motion.”

The luncheon will be from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the High Country Home Builders’ Plaza, 755 NC Hwy. 105 ByPass in Boone. Tickets are $20 per person, of which $15 is tax deductible.

The luncheon will raise funds to support the nonprofit children’s museum, The Children’s Playhouse.
For more information, call (828) 263-0011 or visit the website, http://www.goplayhouse.org.

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