Rudy Wright International Service Award

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OBJECTIVE

The purpose of the Rudy Wright International Service Award is to recognize an individual or organization that is based within the 4-county Greater Hickory Metro Region (which includes Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba counties) and has made an outstanding contribution of goodwill, service, cultural awareness, tolerance, and/or global connectedness to their community.

BACKGROUND

On May 7, 2002, the Hickory International Council (HIC) was founded by former Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright and Hickory’s city council.  HIC was created to serve as a forum for the international community in Hickory in addition to advising the mayor and the city council on ways to improve and expand Hickory as an international city that welcomes and values its international visitors, residents, and businesses.  On July 1, 2019, HIC transitioned to a non-profit organization serving not only the City of Hickory, but also expanding to include the entire 4-county Greater Hickory region.  Its name was officially changed to the Greater Hickory International Council (GHIC), which now inclusively serves the 4-county region of Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba counties.  This prestigious award honors Mayor Wright’s legacy and the countless contributions he personally made to the international community, while recognizing an individual or group of individuals that share his goodwill, generosity of spirit, and interest in global connectedness within our regional communities.

HOW IT WORKS

Board members of the GHIC and select community members proactively identify individuals and organizations that promote the mission of the council: promoting goodwill, service, cultural awareness, tolerance, and/or global connectedness in their community. The board chooses worthy candidates and determines at its sole discretion the amount and the timing of the award. The winner will be announced at a City Council Meeting.