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WNC Communities is proud to announce the winners of the 64th Annual Honors Awards Program.

On Nov. 9, over 260 community leaders from 14 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee were recognized and rewarded for their exceptional community development programs at a luncheon at The Omni Grove Park Inn.

Generous sponsorships from Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel, Duke Energy, Mission Health, Buncombe County Farm Bureau, Carolina Farm Credit, First Citizens Bank, HomeTrust Bank, Telco Community Credit Union and Wells Fargo made it possible to award over $33,000 to 62 communities throughout Western North Carolina for their innovative approaches to addressing community needs.

“We are proud of the energy our rural communities put into making Western North Carolina such a great place to call home,” shares Linda Lamp, Executive Director of WNC Communities. “This annual awards program is an opportunity to recognize them for their invaluable contributions to the mountain region.”

Participating Communities receive a cash award of $300. Riverview Community and Todd Ruritan Club from Ashe County were recognized for their successful projects implemented during the past year.

Community of Promise is the second highest honor with a cash award of $1,000. Peak Creek Ruritan was one of the 16 rural community clubs from Western North Carolina to receive this honor. They were chosen because of the initiatives implemented by the club that show promise and can be replicated around the region.

Peak Creek Ruritan was recognized for the following initiatives: participating in litter campaigns; providing volunteers for the annual water screening project; offering programs on hunting safety, a new 211 Assistance Line, effective landscaping, Imagination Ashe (a preschool reading program) and Junior Appalachian Music; hosting a pancake breakfast and indoor yard sale; utilizing the USPS “door to door” mail service to advertise fundraisers and being awarded the “Volunteer Organization of the Year” by the Ashe County Commissioners.

WNC Communities is dedicated to providing a unique forum for leaders in the mountain region to convene, collaborate and carry out innovative programs to improve the quality of life for rural communities and the agriculture sector. This year marked the 64th WNC Honors Awards, a program built on the tradition of recognizing achievements in communities for their work on behalf of their residents. The awards are designed to serve as an inspiration for replicating community success.

Communities voluntarily participate in the WNC Honors Awards Program by submitting an application to WNC Communities in September. Communities are judged on projects, fund raising efforts, collaboration with local organizations or businesses, economic development and sustainability, as well as their community future and vision.

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