Playhouse seeks Great Friend to Families

Article Published: Feb. 17, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Playhouse seeks Great Friend to Families

Watauga County children librarian Judith Winecoff was the 2009 Great Friend to Families award winner.

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Do you know this person? A person who always has time for kids - be it to read a story, listen to a riddle, or just offer a high-five?

Do you know someone who greets stressed parents and caregivers with listening ears, warm hugs, and practical help?

Do you know a person with vision gets things done right here in the High Country to improve the lives of families?

The Children's Playhouse is searching for a resident of the High Country whose greatest joy comes from helping kids and families, the 2011 winner of the Great Friend to Families Award.

The third 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. The award-winner will be presented with a piece of local art and $500 to donate to the High Country charity of their choice.

Nomination forms are available online at the website,, and members of the community and nonprofits are encouraged to nominate their favorite friend. Forms can also be requested by calling The Children's Playhouse at (828) 263-0011. The winner will be chosen by a distinguished committee of local leaders: Timothy James of RBC Centura Bank, Lisa Martin of Mast General Store, and last year's winner, Pat Morgan. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, March 10. The award will be presented at a luncheon on Friday, March 18, and all nominees will be recognized at the ceremony.

Playhouse president Rebekah Cummings stresses that the definition of a "Great Friend to Families" is intentionally broad. The winner might be a teacher, doctor, nurse, coach, social worker, philanthropist or volunteer. It might be a person who has raised thousands of dollars for High Country charities or someone who has created new programs to meet the needs of local families.

The luncheon will also raise funds to support family resource services at The Children's Playhouse, enabling the children's museum to provide scholarship memberships to low-income families, to offer low cost parenting classes for community members, and to build its free lending library of parenting books and developmental toys.

The meal will be catered by presenting sponsor Storie Street Grille. For more information and to buy tickets, click to or call (828) 263-0011.

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