Guy Mendenhall Named Cary’s Annual Hometown Spirit Award Winner
- The Hometown Spirit Award is bestowed annually on a Cary citizen who enhances the quality of life in Cary by preserving, promoting and carrying out positive and quantifiable traditional small-town community values and traits.
- Long-time Cary High Athletic Director Guy Mendenhall received the award, and the Town will recognize him on a plaque inside Town Hall.
- The Town Council honored the nominees at a reception before the regular Cary Town Council meeting for their unique contributions to the community.
Cary, NC – Former Athletic Director who epitomizes the description of Hometown Spirit, Guy Mendenhall received 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 15 for their unique contributions to the community. Guy Mendenhall received the award, and the Town will recognize him on a plaque inside Town Hall.
Guy Mendenhall was the long-serving Athletic Director for Cary High School and became a staple in Cary’s history for his love for athletics, the community, and its citizens.
Cary High recognizes Mendenhall’s commitment and involvement for the community by instituting an award in his honor. It is given to the student and facility member who exemplifies Guy’s love and involvement in their school.
His nominator shared It was important to Mendenhall that the small-town atmosphere in the community is promoted and preserved. As a Cary High School graduate and part of the championship team, his basketball jersey and two championship banners, donated by Mendenhall, are in display at the Cary Arts Center.
The nomination continued with multiple examples, including his civic involvement through the creating and fundraising of the Cary Senior Center and at local polling places.
Inspired by a suggestion from a Cary citizen, 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 citizens; 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; 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 citizens age 21 and older were eligible for the award. In addition to the Guy Mendenhall, this year’s nominees include two other Cary citizens. For more, visit Hometown Spirit Award.
For more information, search “Hometown Spirit Award” at www.townofcary.org or call (919) 460-4941.
Virginia Johnson, Town Clerk, (919) 460-4941
Stephen M. McNulty, Public Information Supervisor, (919) 481-5091
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240