WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has chosen three of North Carolina “unsung heroes” to receive its $25,000 Nancy Susan Reynolds Awards.
Recipients receive $5,000 each personally, plus an additional $20,000 each to direct to the nonprofit organization of their choice.
Dave Genova of Asheville received the award for race relations in recognition of his efforts to create Outward Bound’s Unity Project, which provides scholarships for a diverse group of high school students to spend nine days getting to know each other.
Raleigh’s Susan Hill, who received the award for advocacy, has spent her career working to provide health services for women and was honored for her efforts to protect women’s reproductive rights.
Lillie Sanders of Magnolia was recognized for her personal service, which has included providing food, clothing and shelter for people in need, and for serving as a model for giving inside and outside North Carolina.
“The foundation believes strongly that recognition should go to the state’s unsung heroes – previously unheralded people who see needs and try to meet them, injustices and try to correct them, and conflict and suspicion and try to replace them with trust and cooperation,” Lloyd P. “Jock” Tate Jr., the foundation’s president, says in a statement.