Town Icons Ralph and Daphne Ashworth Named Cary’s Annual Hometown Spirit Award Winners
- The Hometown Spirit Award is bestowed annually on a Cary resident who enhances the quality of life in Cary by preserving, promoting and carrying out positive and quantifiable traditional small-town community values and traits.
- Ralph and Daphne Ashworth have been outstanding figures in Cary’s community for 60 years.
- The Town Council honored the nominees at a reception before the regular Cary Town Council meeting for their unique contributions to the community. The Ashworths received an award, and the Town will recognize them on a plaque inside Town Hall.
Cary, NC –Sixty years of commitment to the success of Cary has earned Ralph and Daphne Ashworth the Town of Cary’s Annual Hometown Spirit Award; the award recognizes community-minded citizens who enhance the quality of life in Cary by preserving, promoting and carrying out positive small town community values and traits. The Town Council honored the nominees at a reception before the regular Cary Town Council meeting on November 16 for their unique contributions to the community. Ralph Ashworth received the award on behalf of the pair, and the Town will recognize them on a plaque inside Town Hall.
Nominated by peers, they shared, “Ralph & Daphne have been supporting local businesses in Cary since April 21st (Easter Monday) 1957 when they came to town and set up Ashworth Drugs in downtown Cary. Since then they have been very active in both the business and philanthropic community.”
Not only have the Ashworths grown their own business, they’ve helped bring other businesses to downtown Cary to thrive in Ashworth Village.
The Ashworths are among the greatest supporters of the North Carolina Veterans Freedom Park on N. Harrison Ave. and they have been hosting a 4th of July ice cream social for seniors and veterans at the Cary Senior Center at Bond Park for more than 30 years.
In 2012 The Heart of Cary Association established the annual Ashworth Award to be given to members that had contributed above and beyond to the Association and to Downtown Cary. The Ashworths were the first recipient of this award.
You can read the full nomination online.
Inspired by a suggestion from a Cary resident, the Hometown Spirit Award is bestowed upon citizens with demonstrated leadership and integrity. In addition, the recipient must exemplify at least one of the following criteria: help out neighbors and fellow Cary residents; demonstration hospitality; promote and preserve traditional American pastimes; show a concern for preservation and work to preserve traditions and the small-town atmosphere in the community; promote entrepreneurship through supporting locally owned businesses; promote a sense of community in their neighborhood and all of Cary; demonstrate patriotism through promotion and preservation of the country’s symbols and dedication to the U.S. military, past and present; and serve the community through business.
Cary residents age 21 and older were eligible for the award. In addition to the Ashworths, this year’s nominees include eight other Cary citizens. For more, visit Hometown Spirit Award Nominees.
For more information, search “Hometown Spirit Award” at www.townofcary.org or call (919) 460-4941.
Virginia Johnson, Town Clerk, (919) 460-4941
Carrie Roman, Public Information Supervisor, (919) 481-5091
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240
Hometown Spirit Award Nominees