Eckerd to recognize influential leaders in WNC at Children’s Hero of the Year event

Press release

From Eckerd:

Eckerd to Recognize Influential Leaders in Western North Carolina at “Children’s Hero of the Year” Event

Asheville, NC. –Eckerd is pleased to be recognizing the 2014 Asheville “Children’s Hero of the Year” honorees on April 17, 2014 at The Crest Center. The business attire event is Ashville’s largest charity event for abused, neglected and at-risk children and families.

Nominations from the community were submitted for three categories: time, talent and treasure. The honoree selected in the time category for the individual who has selflessly and consistently volunteered their time to benefit children and families is Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan. The honoree selected in the talent category for the individual who has used their expertise and talent to improve the lives of children and families is Chief Judge J. Calvin Hill. The honoree selected in the treasure category for the individual who has generously shared their monetary good fortune or volunteered their time and efforts in fundraising for the advancement of a cause that benefits youth is Eddie Foxx of Kiss Country 99.9.

Eckerd realizes the profound impact an individual can have on the life of a child and would like to honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to youth.

“There are many unsung heroes in our community who selflessly devote their life to children,” said Richard Rogers Eckerd Director of Development Operations. “We would like to recognize these individuals for their heartfelt contribution to our youth.”

Eckerd, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is one of the nation’s leading and most successful youth and family service organizations serving over 14,000 youth annually. In Western North Carolina, Eckerd provides services to children and families in need of a second chance.

If you would like to attend the event to honor our finalists or to find out more about Eckerd, please call (828) 575-2011 or email Jennifer Stout at

About Eckerd:

Eckerd is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, that has given much-needed second chances to more than 150,000 children and families since its founding by Jack and Ruth Eckerd in 1968. Eckerd serves over 15,000 children and their families each year through a full continuum of life-changing behavioral health, juvenile justice and child welfare programs in seven states. Eckerd’s mission is to provide and share solutions that promote the well-being of children and families in need of a second chance. To learn more visit


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