Deadline is Tuesday for Newton's Unity Day award nominations

The City of Newton Human Relations Council is currently accepting nominations for the City’s annual Unity Day Award. The nomination deadline for this prestigious award is Tuesday, April 12. The award will be formally presented at the City’s Unity Day Celebration on Saturday, April 30 at Southside Park. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The nominee should be an individual, business, or industry that has demonstrated outstanding service to the Newton community and that has worked to improve relations among cultures and races in the City.

Nominations will be judged by members of the Human Relations Council, and should be submitted to: City of Newton, c/o Public Information Office, P.O. Box 550, Newton, NC 28658.

Past recipients of the Unity Day Award include: The Reverend Fred Thompson, 1996; the late Johnny Gabriel, 1997; Grace Gaither, 1998; the late Phairlever Pearson, 1999; Beth Bock and the late Clarence “Moe” Fox, 2000; Mayor Robert A. Mullinax, 2005; Hannah Scott, 2006; Dr. Benjamin Wofford, 2007; Pastor Dan Martin, 2008; The Corner Table, 2009; and Stanford Gabriel, 2010. No celebration was held from 2001-2004.

The Human Relations Council is currently finalizing plans for the Unity Day Celebration, which will include a wide variety of entertainment, food vendors, cultural displays, children’s activities and games, and more.

For more information, contact Newton Public Information Officer Gary Herman at 828-695-4266.