Remembering Charles Church

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Article Published: Oct. 31, 2013 | Modified: Oct. 31, 2013
Remembering Charles Church

The late Charles Church is the 2013 recipient of the Farm-City Banquet’s esteemed L.E. Tuckwiller Award.
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The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that the 2013 L.E. Tuckwiller Award for Community Development will be presented in honor of Charles Church. The theme for the 58th Farm-City Banquet is “A Heritage of Innovation.”

“We are breaking the tradition of surprise and letting people know beforehand, so as many people as possible can come and honor someone who truly exemplified the spirit of Farm-City,” chamber president Dan Meyer said. “Charles was a farmer and a business man who understood the interdependency of farm and city.”

It is also especially appropriate when you understand the spirit of the Tuckwiller Award, an award for community development, Meyer said, adding that Church was a major catalyst in developing and growing the local organic farming community and the formation of a local food network.

“Both of these new thriving communities would be far less developed, but for Charles’ vision and energy,” he said.

The inscription on the award reads, “The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce is honored to present the 2013 L.E. Tuckwiller Award in honor of Charles Church, a champion of change and innovation, a selfless mentor to the novice and experienced, who valued cooperation above competition, was a dedicated advocate of the farming life, incurably optimistic, kind and generous. November 6, 2013, 2013 Farm-City Banquet.”

“This recognition could not be more deserved,” Meyer said. “We just wish he were here to receive it. We certainly hope many will come and honor this recognition. Here’s to you, Doc Brocc!”

The 58th annual Watauga County Farm-City Banquet will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. at Boone United Methodist Church, located at 471 New Market Blvd. Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $5 for children 6 to 12 and are available at the Watauga County Cooperative Extension Office, located at 971 W. King St. in downtown Boone. Attendees are also asked to bring a canned food item to donate to area food banks.

For more information, call (828) 264-3061.

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