Tickets selling fast to honor local volunteers

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The Wilson Human Relations Commission received a record number of nominations for the upcoming banquet to honor Wilson volunteers.

Every year the commission turns to the community to nominate friends, neighbors and strangers who have volunteered their time and energy to help others. The commission weeds through the nominees to select the recipients of six awards, which are given out during the Human Relations Awards Banquet scheduled for Feb. 22 at the Darden Alumni Center.

“I learn something new every year,” said Human Relations Director Renee Smith. “The stories we hear during the banquet are not making headlines or trending on social media, but they are changing Wilson and having an impact on those most in need.”

The keynote speaker of this year’s event is a Wilson native and assistant football coach at Duke University. Re’quan Boyette played on the Duke football team for five seasons as a running back after graduating from Fike High School. He joined the coaching staff in 2012.

“As Re’quan understands very well, teamwork is the only way to accomplish a worthy task,” Smith said. “It is the volunteers in our community that work together to tackle needs in our community such as hunger, homelessness and mentoring.”

The banquet has sold out for the past several years and tickets will not be sold at the door this year. Interested attendees can purchase tickets for $15 each until Friday at the Wilson Human Relations office at 104 Goldsboro St. E. For more information, call the office at 252-399-2308.