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Human Relations Council Awards Ceremony

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The Greenville Human Relations Council will observe their Fiftieth Anniversary on Saturday, February 25, at 5:30 p.m.  The award ceremony and reception will take place at the Hilton Greenville.  This is a free event and community members are invited to the ceremony and reception. 

Except for the Best-Irons Humanitarian Awards, nominees who have contributed significantly to the betterment of Greenville may reside outside the City limits.  For future reference, listed are the categories and the criteria for each award:

Best-Irons Humanitarian Awards honors individuals, organizations/businesses with a commitment to positive human relations in Greenville.   It recognizes an individual and a business (organization) that has made Greenville a better place through their commitment to promote social, racial and economic justice; defending human rights; and/or enhancing the dignity of all people.    Recipients may be considered “unsung heroes” who have energized others to improve the opportunities and quality of life for residents of Greenville and have unselfishly shared their time and expertise and consistently and willingly extended a helping hand to others – often without seeking recognition.  Categories are: (1) Individual Award, and (2) Business/Organization Award.

Distinguished Inclusive Community Award honors organizations/businesses who have demonstrated a significant contribution toward creating a diverse and inclusive community through the implementation of policies, procedures, initiatives, and/or programs in one or more of the following areas:

  • Recruitment and retention of an excellent and diverse staff, faculty, or student body.
  • Foster equality of opportunity within our community.
  • Encourage diverse perspectives.
  • Create a welcoming and supportive climate through efforts such as visibility, communication and education.
  • Other areas critical to establishing inclusivity.

Community Service Awards (Volunteerism) honors individuals and/or organizations that provide outstanding volunteer services that strengthen our community and improve the lives of our residents.  The age criteria for an individual award: (a) Youth Award recognizes the dedication of an individual 17 years of age or younger, (b) Adult Award recognizes the dedication of an individual age 18 and older, and (c) Community Service Business/Organization Award recognizes any business/organization or agency for their volunteer efforts.  Categories are: (1) Youth Award, (2) Adult Award, and (3) Business/Organization Award.

Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes and promotes individuals who have made a significant contribution to human relations and humanitarian efforts over a sustained period of time.   The Award acknowledges an individual who has an established history of distinguished service; made a lasting contribution to inclusive communities and helping to ensure every voice is heard; exhibited leadership and provided inspiration to others; and, positively influenced diverse and equal opportunities for mankind.  ONLY MEMBERS OF THE HUMAN RELATIONS COUNCIL CAN MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.

The Council will not accept nominations for the Fiftieth Anniversary.   However, please join us for our celebratory event on Saturday, February 25, 2023.   To attend, please register, via email: cdaniels@greenvillenc.gov or phone:  252-329-4494.   This is a free event!