CBC Awards Azaleas to Non-Profits in Annual WRAL Celebration

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Millbrook Baptist Wins 1st Place A.J. Fletcher Award

Azalea distribution
Volunteers help load azaleas for the non-profit winners in the 2012 WRAL Azalea Celebration on Saturday, October 6th.
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Capitol Broadcasting gave away over 5,000 azaleas on Saturday, October 6, 2012, in the 27th year of the WRAL Azalea Celebration.   Almost 100 non-profit groups received the plants, selected from among the applications this year.

The board and family members of N.C. Beautiful helped CBC Corporate Property Management staffers to help load the plants.  Non-profits picked up their azaleas at the WRAL Transmitter site in Auburn, NC.  Each year CBC’s Corporate Property Management, which consists of Tim Grissom and Rodney Collier, take cuttings from the azaleas in the WRAL Azalea Gardens.  Pender’s Nursery then takes the cuttings and grows them for CBC and the celebration.

In addition to distributing azaleas, the celebration also involves the A.J. Fletcher Awards presentation each year.  Non-profits who received plants three years ago are invited to submit applications for the awards.  Judges visit the sites and award non-profits based on the upkeep and use of the azaleas.  The awards are named for CBC founder and creator of the WRAL Gardens A.J. Fletcher, the late grandfather of the current CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon.

A.J. Fletcher Award winners
Corp’s Tim Grissom (center right) presents the 1st Place A.J. Fletcher Award to Millbrook Baptist Church.

This year’s winners are:

  • 1st Place – Millbrook Baptist Church
  • 2nd Place – Faith Christian Academy
  • 3rd Place – Brunson Elementary School

Each winner receives a check, a plaque, and additional azaleas.

Learn more about the WRAL Gardens and see what’s blooming at www.wral-gardens.com.

Thanks to Corp’s Rodney Collier for this capcom scoop & these capcom photos.

2012 WRAL Azalea Celebration

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