Community Relations Council recognizes Human Relations Award winners

The City of Hickory Community Relations Council (CRC) recognized the winners of their annual Human Relations Awards with a banquet and ceremony on Tuesday, May 22, at the Highland Recreation Center. The program featured the 1964 Ridgeview Panthers, better known as "The Untouchables" for their undefeated and unscored upon season, and former players of the team were present and honored. Hickory native and American Idol contestant, Johnny White, provided musical entertainment.

The annual Human Relations Awards are designed to recognize any individual, youth, or organization/business that has gone "above and beyond" in promoting good human relations in the City of Hickory. The three winners selected were Amelia Sisson, Timothy Shuford, and Kingston Residence of Hickory Senior's Outreach.

Amelia Sisson, a student at University Christian High School, organized the March for Our Lives in Hickory, in which over 300 children, teens, and adults marched from the YMCA Teen Center to Union Square to advocate for laws to improve school safety. The Hickory March For Our Lives was one of over 800 sister marches that took place on March 24 throughout the United States and the world.

Timothy Shuford is a founding member of the Ridgeview Recreation Council, where he has been actively involved for over 16 years. This group has organized many youth events in the community, including talent shows, pageants, and the Dee Dee Dawkins Basketball League in memory of a young lady who disappeared some years ago. Shuford and his wife have also been foster parents for over 30 years.

Kingston Residence of Hickory Senior's Outreach is a group of seniors residing at Kingston Residence of Hickory that holds a yearly USO show, with the proceeds from crafts and baked goods going to support the homeless veterans of Catawba County. Last year, the group raised over $1,700 for the cause, in cooperation with the American Legion Post 544. Over the years, they have raised over $20,000 for our community veterans.

"Promoting positive relationships within our community, diversity, and tolerance of others is the CRC's focus," said Clise Plant, Chair of the CRC. "The annual Human Relations Awards showcase individuals and organizations within the community who exemplify this goal through dialogue, education, programs, and resources."

The City of Hickory and the CRC congratulate these important members of the community.

For more information, please contact staff liaison Chief Thurman Whisnant at the City of Hickory Police Department, at (828) 261-2605.

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