Santa Came to Town!
Saturday, December 3, 2011 – 2:30pm-5:30pm
The Speedway Club
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Parkway South – Concord, NC 28027
HNC hosted our annual Holiday Celebration on December 3rd at the Speedway Club at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Although there was no snow with our celebration this year it certainly didn't dampen the spirits of nearly 200 people who attended the celebration.
It was a terrific venue that was decorated beautifully for the holidays and had a separate room overlooking the impressive racetrack!
Guest speakers for the event included Dr. Paulette Bryant from Presbyterian Blume Pediatric Hematology Oncology who shared some great tips for optimizing your health care in the New Year and Karla Zevallos, Spanish Educator for Baxter, who presented information in Spanish to the Latin Union Group participants.
Attendees took time to visit with old friends and meet ones as the children participated in craft activities. Some tasty appetizers were available to feed the crowd as well as a delicious buffet lunch.
We also had an opportunity to share information on another very busy year. HNC has continued to grow, both in size and scope. Membership has continued to increase significantly in all areas and we offered over 40 programs and events in 2011. Highlights from the recent NHF Annual Meeting in Chicago were discussed and our Volunteer of the Year 2011 was announced. Congratulations to George McCoy on this award and our many thanks for all of the time, talent and resources he has provided to HNC over the years!
As part of our advocacy efforts, we also hosted a Youth Leaders for Change workshop in September and recognized those leaders in attendance at the Holiday Celebration for their participation in the program.
Of course, Santa arrived right on time this year along with his elf, who helped distribute gifts to all the children! Each child took time to share their special wish list with Santa and provided some priceless moments! Our special thanks to the Crotts family for always making this such a special day for the children.
We also use this event as a chance to give back to the community and asked our attendees to bring along a gently used or new book that will be donated to the Rotary Club for their annual literacy program. Many thanks to HNC member, Tyronna Hooker, who is also the NC Teacher of the Year, for highlighting the need to improve literacy in the state and suggesting this opportunity to give back. Over 120 books were collected for the donation!
After the celebrations, families were able to ride through Carolina Christmas at the speedway. This is one of the largest holiday light shows in the US and features over 3 million lights.