Kay Struffolino

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2010 Hometown Spirit Award Recipient

From nominators:

Kay is a long-term (30 year+) resident of the Town of Cary.

She is an active volunteer for the Town of Cary events and programs, especially -- but not limited to -- the arena of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources. She has been honored as the Town of Cary Cultural Arts Volunteer of the Year (2006), the Herb Young Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer of the Year (2001) and the Rayburn “Rip” Jackson North Carolina Citizen of the Year (2008).

Specific Award Criteria

Helps out neighbors and fellow Cary residents
Kay actively seeks out citizen input and represents them as a Board member of the PRCR Advisory Board and past member of the Cultural Arts Committee. She represents Cary Seniors as their representative to the PRCR as well.

Demonstrates hospitality
She volunteers at many events as a greeter, ticket taker, hostess and information resource, i.e., Marvelous Music Series, Sertoma Series, Applause!, senior events, and especially at Patron Services at Koka Booth Amphitheatre events.

Promotes and preserves traditional American past-times
She actively volunteers with the Cary Town Band and Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony. She tends the educational herb garden at the Page-Walker and gives lectures on the use and value of the herbs.

Active member of the Friends of Page-Walker
She promotes the Cary Museum, historical preservation of Page-Walker and multiple other historical period buildings. She has been a member of the recently completed Historic Preservation Master Plan for the Town of Cary.

Promotes a sense of community in all of Cary:
Kay is active on the Cary Festivals committee and is a past co-chairperson. She also coordinates volunteer activities as a member of the Koka Booth Advisory Committee.

Demonstrates patriotism through promotion and preservation of the country’s symbols and dedication to the U.S. military:
Kay assists with the coordination each year of the Veteran’s Day luncheon held at the Cary Senior Center. 

In conclusion, Kay is a consummate volunteer for the Town of Cary as well as other organizations, such as the North Carolina Symphony, Triangle Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Cary Community Choir, UNC-TV, and St. Andrews Church. She is highly respected by all who know her and is well deserving of the 2010 Cary Hometown Spirit Award.

 Nominated by: Dennis Hoadley and David Lindquist