70th WNC Honors Awards Announced

The 65 communities participating in this year’s WNC Honors program represent 5,500 volunteers with an impressive 195,500 hours in outreach programs dedicated to beautification, conservation, education, health & wellness, and the local economy.  In addition, their fundraising efforts and grant funds brought in $950,000. With a volunteer hour being valued at $25, that means they have made a $6 million dollar investment of time, talent, money, and effort in our WNC communities.  This is outstanding and something to celebrate!

WNC Communities awarded:

23 Participating Community Awards $250 each

24 Engaged Community Awards $500 each

15 Community of Promise Awards $1000 each

3 Community of Distinction Awards $2000 each

Additional Recognition:

Calico Cat Jr. to Leicester Community Center

Calico Cat Sr. to Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center

President’s Award for 25 years of Honors Participation to Bethel Rural Community Organization

President’s Award in Honor of our 70th Annual WNC Honors Awards to the Longest Participating Community to Cane Creek Community Center for 69 years.

Thanks to our 70th WNC Honors Sponsors!

We thank our sponsors for their generous contributions, 100% of sponsor contributions go to the community awards.  We awarded $38,750 this year.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort & Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel

Biltmore Farms

Duke Energy

First Citizens Bank

The McClure Fund

Buncombe County Farm Bureau

Carolina Farm Credit

Wells Fargo

New Belgium Brewing

First Bank


We also appreciate the wonderful support from these businesses:

Doubletree by Hilton Biltmore-Asheville

Fired Up Pottery

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