A number of local citizens were honored last week at the annual Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce banquet. The event was held at Tractor Brown’s Museum in Yadkinville. Guests enjoyed Yadkin Valley wines and cheese at a reception, followed by dinner catered by D&F Catering of East Bend.
Special guest speaker for the event was Gary York, owner of local radio station WIFM.
“Tonight I want to celebrate the specialness of others. The opportunities we have to praise, to hold in the light for those who significantly accomplish a lot. Ordinary people who do extraordinary things. This opportunity to praise is a gift that we all have,” York said.
Outgoing Chamber President Jay Martin presented the awards at the banquet.
The first award of the evening, the Community Service Award, was presented to Buddy Rhodes.
“He’s an outstanding volunteer for Mountain Valley Hospice since 2010,” Martin said. “He visits with patients and their families. He never hesitates to help with special projects, fundraisers and most important, he works with the We Honor Veterans Program at Mountain Valley Hospice.”
Rhodes is also very active with the local VFW and is known for his wonderful singing voice. Rhodes also performed “I’m Proud to be an American” at the start of the evening’s program.
Local photographer Brooke Moxley, who has a studio in downtown Yadkinville, received the Entrepreneurial Award from the chamber.
“She always has a positive attitude, always a bright smile on her face. She never hesitates to help out when asked. She has volunteered for the Yadkin Valley Grape Festival and many community service events in the area,” said Martin.
The Cultural Enrichment Award was presented to Patty Grant, who was most recently seen on stage at the Yadkin Cultural Art Center’s Willingham Wonderland production entitled “‘Tis the Morning of my Life.”
“This year’s award winner is a longtime performer with community theater in our area,” Martin said. “Community Theater performers put in many hours of hard work, learning their lines, scene blocking and rehearsing in order to put on a show that will bring joy to the audience. She really puts her heart and soul in each character she portrays and it shows when she’s on stage. She’s so gracious to everyone in the cast and makes the entire experience so enjoyable by bring passion and joy to every production.”
Brent and Kara Winslow received The Chairman’s Award. Winslow is a youth pastor at Union Grove Baptist Church and helped to create and establish the Impact Yadkin County program which puts youth volunteers to work on home improvement projects for the elderly and the needy in the community.
The Farmer of the Year Award was presented to the Shore Brothers Family Farm.
“Shore Brothers Farm is an open book for others to visit and learn from,” said Grady Shore. “They work hard to help their neighbors with farming needs and to help other producers learn new ways to grow and market agriculture products. Jack Shore and his sons have a long history of community service and advocating for agriculture.”
The final award for the evening was the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award. Jimmy Flythe of Duke Energy presented the award saying, “This award is presented to recognize civic minded individuals who make a difference in their communities by using their time, talents and compassion to positively impact the lives of others.”
“This year’s honoree has been a valuable contributor to many projects and events which have advanced Yadkin County and improved the quality of life for more than the past 25 years,” Flythe said. “While his position as our economic developer and chamber of commerce director places him in a position to positively affect our community, he also goes way behind his duties and goes the extra mile to advance worthy causes.”
Much to his surprise, and delight of the audience as well, Chamber Director Bobby Todd was the special honoree for the Duke Citizenship Award.
The evening was adjourned by the newly elected Chamber President Nathan Lewis of PVH.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.