Criteria and Examples

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One award will be given annually to honor 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 as embodied in the following criteria:

  • Cary resident
  • 21 years of age and older
  • Demonstrates leadership
  • Demonstrates integrity
  • Respected by peers

And at least one of the following:

  • Helps out neighbors and fellow Cary residents
    e.g., starting a program where residents can volunteer to help each other with home repairs or simply going beyond the call of duty in assisting other citizens

  • Demonstrates hospitality
    e.g., someone who welcomes new residents, citizens and visitors, and helps them get to know the town and its small-town culture and helps them adjust to a new environment, or simply a citizen who exhibits “Southern” or “Cary” hospitality in an ongoing or extraordinary manner.

  • Promotes and preserves traditional American past-times
    e.g., bringing citizens together as a community in traditional ways by organizing or being a key volunteer for such events as a founder’s day celebration, a heritage music event, hayrides, ice cream socials, picnics, bandstand events, etc.

  • Shows a concern for preservation and works to preserve traditions and the small-town atmosphere in the community
    e.g., working to preserve historical Cary documents, structures, or events or someone who leads the charge to make Cary more family friendly

  • Promotes entrepreneurship through supporting locally owned business
    e.g., starting a local currency program that rewards citizens for shopping locally

  • Promotes a sense of community in their neighborhood and all of Cary
    e.g., starting fun family friendly activities in his/her neighborhood where citizens have the chance to meet and interact with one another

  • Demonstrates patriotism through promotion and preservation of the country's symbols and dedication to the U.S. military, past and present
    e.g., organizing or being a key volunteer for a formal event to honor our veterans or current military members

  • Serves the community through business
    e.g., a business owner who goes above and beyond their role to support and provide a service to the community in a down-home, hospitable manner

Examples of the various values and traits are given for illustrative purposes. The actual nomination information may vary from the examples given but should fit within one or more of the major category areas as defined above.

Current Town of Cary employees are not eligible. Current elected officials are not eligible. Cary citizens who have served in any elected official capacity in the past 20 years are not eligible. Memorial awards will not be given in honor of deceased Cary residents. Individuals may only receive the award once.