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Unsung heroes’ honored

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Three “unsung heroes” were honored with the Nancy Susan Reynolds Awards at a special presentation by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation on Nov.16.

The award recognizes North Carolinians for their contribution and efforts towards advocacy, personal service and race relations.

The recipients were acknowledged for their efforts to increase awareness about mental health, to help terminally ill patients and to bring together different races and cultures to help give back to the community.

The advocacy award was given to Diane Bauknight of Fairview, who founded WNC Families CAN to help educate families about juvenile mental illness.

The personal service award was given to Margaret Noel of Asheville, who founded the Memory Assessment Clinic and Eldercare Resource Center to provide medical care to Western North Carolinians dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.

The race-relations award was given to Cader Harris Jr. of Elizabeth City, who founded The Hope Group to help bring together individuals, regardless of race or culture, who raise money and support charity groups in the community. 

Each recipient receives $5,000 and can designate another $20,000 towards a nonprofit organization of his or her choice.

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