With a tradition of honoring the Best of the Best based on The Tribune readers’ votes, the local newspaper is expanding its annual celebration of all things top notch in the tri-county area to include an awards luncheon.
The Tribune staff is excited about the addition of the luncheon, which is being made possible thanks to the premier sponsorship of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, the elite sponsorship of The Woodbox and Rid-A-Bug and the VIP sponsorship of Super Sports & Imports.
“We’re extremely excited to honor our Readers’ Choice winners this year with a celebration luncheon,” said Publisher Sandra Hurley. “Being selected as one of these winners is a great honor. Our readers spend their time to vote for their favorite businesses and honor them for superlative customer service.
“We had more votes than ever, so winning this prestigious award is a true honor.”
Holly Lamm, publication manager at The Tribune, shared Hurley’s enthusiasm. “We’ve been celebrating Readers’ Choice winners for nearly two decades here in Elkin, and to be able to honor our winners with a special awards ceremony is a perfect way for us to thank them and honor our readers’ selections.
“We have so many great customers, we’re very excited about this year’s contest and winners.”
The red-carpet luncheon is being hosted at Elkin First United Methodist Church in collaboration with Ratledge Florist, who is providing centerpieces, and The Woodbox, who will be catering the event.
Speaker for the event will be Dale Badgett, director of Surry Community College’s Small Business Center.
“A program likes this wouldn’t be possible without help from our sponsors, especially our premier sponsor, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital,” Lamm said.
The April 25 edition of The Tribune will feature the list of winners for the 2018 Best of the Best, and an article and photos from the awards celebration.
“We are looking forward to recognizing all of our 2018 Best of the Best winners,” said Tribune Editor Wendy Byerly Wood. “Our staff has worked hard to plan this first-time luncheon, and being able to see everyone walk the red carpet is very exciting.”
The Tribune staff encourages those who have won awards during the first years of the Readers’ Choice celebration to send in photos with the year it was won, the category and the people’s names of those pictured.