Nominations Accepted: Children’s Playhouse Great Friend to Families

Great Friend to Families

Now in its seventh year, the Great Friend to Families award is given annually by The Children’s Playhouse to recognize sustained contributions by individuals to the well-being of young children and their families in the High Country area.

They accept nominations in four categories: the Helping Hands, the Helping Hearts, and a new category for 2015, the Young Hearts (nominees aged 17 or younger).

• Helping Hands awards celebrate professionals who over the course of their careers have shown extraordinary dedication to improving the lives of children and families.

• Helping Hearts awards recognize individuals who have touched the lives of children and families through generous philanthropy and/or outstanding volunteerism.

• Young Hearts awards spotlights the helpers of the future, young people aged 17 or younger who have already made significant efforts outside their own family to help children and families in the High Country.

How the winners will be honored:

The Children’s Playhouse will honor award winners in each category at the luncheon on Saturday, March 21st and overall winners in each category will be further recognized as the 2015 Great Friends to Families.

The adult Great Friends to Families award-winners (one Helping Hand, one Helping Heart) will be announced at the luncheon and will be presented with a pieces of local art and $200 each to donate to the High Country nonprofit of their choice. The overall Young Heart winner will receive a gift certificate and $100 to donate to the charity of their choice. All nominees will receive individual recognition at the luncheon.

How to nominate your “Hometown Hero”:

All nominations must be submitted Monday, March 9th. The award-winners will be selected by an outside committee of distinguished local leaders. Click here to submit your nomination.

All nominations must include full contact information for the nominee and nominator, a one page nomination statement, and the names and contact information for at least 3 people outside the nominee’s family who support the nomination.

Nominate a Great Friend to Families with The Children’s Playhouse

Friend to families award

It’s time for the third annual Great Friend to Families Award, presented by the Children’s Playhouse of Boone. The award-winner will be presented with a piece of local art and $500 to donate to the High Country charity of their choice. High Country citizens can nominate anyone that fits the broad definition of a “great friend to families.” The Children’s Playhouse describes the perfect nominee this way:

Do you know this person? A person who always has time for kids—be it to read a story, listen to a riddle, or just offer a high-five? Do you know someone who greets stressed parents and caregivers with listening ears, warm hugs, and practical help? Do you know a person with vision gets things done right here in the High Country to improve the lives of families? The Children’s Playhouse is searching for a resident of the High Country whose greatest joy comes from helping kids and families, the 2011 winner of the Great Friend to Families Award.

Nomination forms are available online at the website, and members of the community and nonprofits are encouraged to nominate their favorite friend. Forms can also be requested by calling The Children’s Playhouse at 828-263-0011. The winner will be chosen by a distinguished committee of local leaders: Timothy James of RBC Centura Bank, Lisa Martin of Mast General Store, and last year’s winner Pat Morgan. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, March 10th. The award will be presented at a luncheon on Friday, March 18th and all nominees will be recognized at the ceremony.

“We are looking for someone who has made significant efforts to make our community a better place for children and families” explains Kathy Parham, the Executive Director of The Children’s Playhouse.

The Great Friend to Families luncheon will also raise funds to support family resource services at The Children’s Playhouse, enabling the children’s museum to provide scholarship memberships to low-income families, to offer low cost parenting classes for community members, and to build its free lending library of parenting books and developmental toys.

For more information about the Banquet, and to buy tickets click to or call 828-263-0011..