19 "Hometown Heros" will be Honored at The Great Friend to Families Award

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Presented by Over Yonder , Mast General Store, and The Children's Playhouse on Saturday March 21st, the Great Friend to Families Awards recognize people who have devoted years to serving children and families in the High Country.  For the first time in 2015 we will also be celebrating the heroes of future with our "Young Hearts" awards. Over YonderGreat Friend to Families logo

The 2015 Great Friend to Families Honorees

  • Helping Hands(those who help families through their careers): Colleen Bare, Stephanie Bunch, Sonya Hamby, Allison Jennings, Christelle Marsh, Angela McMann, Hollie Storie Wilcox, Jennifer Warren, Delores Wilder, and Jessica Winebarger
  • Helping Hearts (those who help through philanthropy or volunteerism): William "Butch" Butler, Katherine Hicks, Pat Morgan
  • Young Hearts(young people up to age 17 who have already made significant efforts outside their own family to help children and families in the High Country): Deja Lynn Bowen, Ketchel Carey, Willow Dillon, Summer Lewis, D’Artagnan McCoy

Over all winners will be announced at the luncheon. Past over-all winners include Kaaren Hayes, Judith Winecoff, Pat Morgan, Dick and Joan Hearn, Trish Lanier, and Jim Atkinson. Click here to read complete list of all past honorees.

 The Playhouse stipulates that while a Helping Hands or Helping Hearts honoree may be recognized multiple times, he or she may only be win the overall Great Friend to Families Award once.

The luncheon will also raise funds to support family resource services at The Children’s Playhouse, enabling the children’s museum to provide scholarship memberships to low-income families, offer more programs for children, and improve their exhibits.