Glenn Foundation wins 2013 Gaston Together Community Leadership Award PDF Print E-mail

The Carrie E. and Lena V. Glenn Foundation has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Community Leadership Award presented annually by Gaston Together.

"Gaston Together is proud to honor the Glenn Foundation for their long-standing commitment to Gaston County," said Terry Stroupe, selection committee chairman.  "Since 1972, they have awarded 761 grants of almost $6.6 million.  The Glenn Foundation has established a tradition of using grant funds, 'where needed most to do the most good' as their founders instructed.  Through grant funding, they have been at the forefront of positive change and have always had a heart for the needs of the people in Gaston County."

The award will be presented at 6 p.m. on March 26th at the Gaston Country Club.  WBTV news anchor Maureen O'Boyle will emcee the event.  2013 Gold Event Sponsors are Duke Energy, BB&T, PSNC Energy and Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund.

The Community Leadership Award is presented annually to an organization whose work has made a significant impact on improving the quality of life in Gaston County.  It recognizes the ideals reflected in Gaston Together's mission of collaboration and creative problem-solving.  Some past winners include Operation Playground, Gaston College, the Mounty Holly Community Development Foundation, Gaston Family Health Services and Hope 4 Gaston.  Last year's winner was Habitat for Humanity.

Each year, the winner of the Community Leadership Award receives a sculpture commissioned by Gaston Together.  This sculpture is the "Circle of Caring" an original piece of artwork designed by renowned artist Dr. Graham Weathers.

Gaston Together also will recognize the finalists of its third grade, "Proudest Kid in Gaston County" Essay Contest as well as announce the 2013 county wide winner.

This contest is open to all third graders in the county in both public and private schools and is sponsored by the Gaston County Education Foundation.

The essays were written by third graders after their "Pride in Gaston" Traveling Tour field trip, which is taken in the fall of the school year.

This year's tour included visits to Holy Angels in Belmont, Lineberger Park in Gastonia for a program by the CaroMont Wellness Department and Gaston College in Dallas.

The field trip was developed by Gaston Together as a community pride building program for young students.  It was designed in partnership with Gaston County Schools to coincide with the third grade study of the community.

The corporate sponsors of the tour were Walmart and CaroMonth Health.  Programn Partners were Barrett Business Services, Inc., Tindol Ford-Lincoln-Subaru, PSNC Energy and Charlotte Paint Company, Inc.  The event is open to the public.  For ticket information on the event, call Christie Williams, 704-867-9869, ext. 109.