Thomasville finalist as 'All-American' city

In part, the merit of Thomasville's nomination was based on its celebration of veterans
Apr. 08, 2013 @ 05:30 PM

The initiative shown by Thomasville residents and businesses to enhance its community is receiving recognition. Thomasville is a finalist for the "All-America City Award."

The Chair City was one of 20 communities nominated for the honor, given by the National Civic League. Two other cities in North Carolina, Dunn and Garner, were nominated.

"It was felt through discussions with some of the board members at the Chamber that we felt we could make a strong application," said Thomasville City Manager Kelly Craver, who hopes the city can bag the distinction of All-American for the first time. "The city was also a finalist in 2003, and we thought this application could be highly regarded."

Spearheaded by the Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce, the merit of Thomasville's application was based on the celebration of veterans who have paid the ultimate price for freedom. This year's award commends communitywide initiatives that honor and benefit veterans and military families.

Additionally, the children-at-play initiative, spearheaded by Thomasville’s Rotary Club, and childhood obesity program through Thomasville City Schools garnered commendation. A third and final staple of the application was Project Divine Interruption, a project of Memorial United Methodist Church led by Tracy Brinkley which is structured to assist TCS students classified as homeless.

The nomination resulted from the collaborative effort of several city leaders who helped Doug Croft, president of the Thomasville chamber, put together the application.

"As part of the introduction to the application, it was stressed that Thomasville has not given up on itself due to its loss of jobs," Craver said. "We are a community that strives to better the lives of those affected by the downturn of the economy."

Winners will be announced in June at a conference in Denver, Colo.


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