WRAL Azalea Celebration Winners Receive Plants

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WRAL Azalea Celebration Winners Receive Plants

Azalea Celebration
CBC distributed plants for the 2005 WRAL Azalea Celebration at the transmitter site in Auburn.

Over 150 North Carolina non-profits will now be more beautiful thanks to cuttings from the WRAL Azalea Gardens. On Saturday, October 8, 2005, Capitol Broadcasting Company distributed a total of 11,900 azaleas to 159 different groups from across the state as part of the 20th Annual Azalea Celebration.

Volunteers from N.C. Beautiful joined CBC property management staffers and Corporate Vice President of Community Affairs Paul Pope in loading the plants into trucks & trailers as the non-profits came to pick up the newest additions to their landscaping plans.

Plant Distribution
Non-profit groups came in SUVs, trucks & vans to collect their plants.
Paul Pope
CBC’s Paul Pope directs traffic during the distribution.
Plant Distribution
Over 150 non-profits received a total of 11,900 azaleas this year.
Awards presentation
A TV camera catches the awards presentation.

Non-profit groups applied for the azaleas during the summer, sending descriptions of how they planned to use the plants to enhance their property. Winners were invited to pick up their plants at the CBC Transmitter site and greenhouses in Auburn, NC.

Three special presentations were made during the annual azalea distribution. CBC also awarded three non-profits with A.J. Fletcher awards for 2005. Organizations become eligible for these awards three years after receiving azaleas through the WRAL Azalea Celebration. Winners are chosen based on their use and upkeep of the plants they received.

CBC Property Management Manager Tim Grissom makes the awards presentation to the A.J. Fletcher Award winners:
1st Place - James Sprunt Community College
James Sprunt Community College won 1st place.
2nd Place - A.O.K.
Acts of Kindness (A.O.K.) took 2nd place.
3rd Place - Enloe High School
W.G. Enloe High School placed 3rd.
Award Check
Cash prizes of varying amounts went to award winners.
Plant Distribution
Groups took home plants to beautify their non-profit’s properties.

James Sprunt Community College in Kenansville won first place. They received 100 additional azaleas, a $500 check from CBC and a plaque. Acts of Kindness (A.O.K.) in Fayetteville won second place, receiving 50 more azaleas, a $250 check from CBC and a plaque. Third place went to W.G. Enloe High School in Raleigh. They received 25 more azaleas, a $125 check from CBC and a plaque.

Plant Distribution
The 2005 WRAL Celebration marked the 20th annual occurrence of the event.
CBC Property Management takes cuttings from the WRAL Gardens to grow the azaleas to distribute.

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

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