Azaleas Distributed in 18th Annual Celebration

Azaleas Distributed in 19th Annual Celebration
AJ Fletcher Award Winners Announced

On Saturday, October 16, 2004, azaleas were distributed for the 19th Annual WRAL Azalea Celebration. North Carolina non-profits applied for the plants with their landscaping ideas to use them to beautify their properties, and winners picked up their azaleas from Capitol Broadcasting Company’s nurseries.

WRAL-TV also presented the A.J. Fletcher Awards to organizations who received azaleas in the past and have maintained their projects using the plants. Three years after receiving azaleas through the WRAL Azalea Celebration, organizations are eligible to compete for these awards. A plaque, cash & additional azaleas were presented the following winners:

  • 1st place – Akers Alternative Learning Program from Roanoke Rapids, NC received $500 & 100 azaleas
  • 2nd place – Woodland Garden Club from Henderson, NC received $200 & 50 azaleas
  • 3rd place – Wise Baptist Church from Wise, NC received $100 & 25 azaleas

Akers Alternative Learning Program won the AJ Fletcher 1st Place Award. CBC’s Tim Grissom (center) made the presentation.

Woodland Garden Club took 2nd place, along with a cash award and more plants for their landscaping.

Keep N.C. Clean & Beautiful, Inc., WRAL-TV 5 & MIX 101.5 WRAL-FM sponsor the WRAL Azalea Celebration each year. The project supports non-profits in working together to enhance community appearance by establishing well-maintained & continuous projects.


Non-profit organizations from across the state entered to win azaleas.

10,000 plants were distributed to more than 160 groups from across the state. Capitol Broadcasting Company’s Property Management staff raises the plants from cuttings from the azaleas in the WRAL Gardens. A.J. Fletcher, founder of CBC, developed the gardens and opened them to the public in 1959. Over 190,000 azaleas have been given away over the past 18 years through the celebration.

Thanks to CBC’s Tim Grissom for these capcom photos.

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