2019 Hometown Spirit Award Nominees

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Anthony Blackman

Professionally, Anthony is the founder and president of Atlantic Tire & Service, which has served the Triangle's automotive needs since 1988. He understands that homegrown businesses are the fabric of Cary's vibrant community and has been an advocate for local prosperity through his service on the Cary and Morrisville Chambers of Commerce and the NC Department of Commerce's Economic Investment Committee. His nominators say that Anthony is one of the warmest, kindest residents Cary has ever known. He is quick to greet everyone with a smile and handshake, and even if he just met you, he treats you like an old friend. His graciousness and hospitality make everyone feel welcome. Anthony's commitment to excellence is not reserved to his business but extends to every aspect of his life as a servant and resident of our great community. 

 Sharon Lake-Gargano

Sharon's nominators describe her as a woman with a warm-hearted soul, always ready to help those in need. Sharon moved to Cary in 1989 and quickly started her own interior design company. She is the former president of the local chapter of Interior Design Society. Through her business, she realized she could help others settle into their new community of Cary. She has spent countless hours volunteering her time to people in need. Her nominators say she has a big heart, and if she knows of someone who might be alone for a holiday, she will invite them to her home. If someone is sick, she will be there with soup and comfort. 

Frank Yarborough

Frank is the CEO and owner of Avcon, Inc. He has won numerous awards for sales and service. He is well known in the community for being active in his church. His nominators say that he has never met a stranger, and can be found regularly engaging and welcoming people from his Academy Street front yard as they attend festivals or stroll along Downtown Park. He has been known to spontaneously buy breakfast for police officers or complete strangers. Frank and his wife, Jan, regularly host holiday family gatherings and include newcomers to Cary. They also host special needs children in their home to provide several families respite care. Frank enthusiastically participates in local activities to promote the unique way of life in Cary and he is very passionate about loving and serving his community.


The nominees will be recognized at Town Hall on Thursday, November 21 and the winner will be announced at the Town Council Meeting.