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Recipients recognized for dedication to building a strong downtown Lincolnton

The Lincoln Cultural Center was the site Friday of this year’s Better Downtown Awards, presented by the Downtown Development Association of Lincolnton Inc..
The second annual presentation, underwritten by First Federal Savings Bank, was a formal black tie optional event, celebrates the positive changes occurring in downtown Lincolnton, as well as provides a glimpse of changes that will be made in the future. The awards identify and recognize key leaders and projects in Lincolnton’s downtown revitalization movement. It ties in with organization’s slogan, “Building a better Lincolnton one block at a time.”
The evening started with a social, followed by dinner, in which afterwards the presentation ceremony was conducted. The evening wrapped up with dancing to the music of a jazz ensemble. The event is formal–black tie optional.
The awards were bestowed upon the following:

Civic Leadership
Ralph and Amanda Carpenter
For their donation of the historic Lincoln Crowell Memorial Hospital property.
The award recognizes outstanding contributions by an individual elected official, a government staff person, a public agency, or a nonprofit organization.

Business Leadership
Abernethy Chrysler Jeep Dodge
For its continuing Title Sponsorship of the Alive After Five Concert Series.
The award recognizes outstanding leadership by a small business, an industry, or a corporation for downtown revitalization.

Volunteer Leadership
Christine Poinsette
For her time and commitment in coordinating the Downtown Development’s beer gardens.
The award recognizes outstanding contributions by an individual toward the revitalization of Lincolnton’s historic commercial district.

Downtown Cityscape
The City of Lincolnton Public Works and Utilities Department
For the significant impact the department had made on maintaining and improving the physical appearance of downtown Lincolnton.
The award recognizes recognizes projects that have made a significant impact on the physical appearance of downtown Lincolnton

Downtown Renaissance
Charlotte Rhyne
For the positive change upper story residential has brought to make downtown Lincolnton a vibrant place both day and night.
The award recognizes projects that have made a significant impact on the downtown community in Lincolnton.

DDA Advocate
Beth Yarbrough
For actively speaking out in the face of adversity and championing the cause of Downtown Development in Lincolnton
The award recognizes the person who most served downtown/DDA by acting as a spokesperson throughout the community in support of downtown.

Pass the Torch
Nick Komas
Current DDA Secretary/Treasurer
The award recognizes a Downtown Development Association board member who have served a term on the DDA board with distinction and symbolizes the important of succession planning in volunteer responsibilities.

Other recognition’s went to Main Street Partners in Progress and Downtown Event Sponsors.

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