Caldwell receives state-wide recognition for volunteer efforts at The Arc of Haywood

Oct 16, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo Gary Caldwell accepts The Arc of North Carolina volunteer of the year award from board president Ann Balogh.

Gary Caldwell, a Waynesville alderman and production manager at Cornerstone Printing, was presented The Arc of North Carolina Volunteer of the Year Award at The Arc’s 2013 annual awards luncheon Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown. The award was presented by Ann Balogh, president of The Arc of North Carolina Board of Directors.

The volunteer of the year award is to recognize a volunteer who has given generously of time and talents to accomplish the mission of The Arc. Caldwell was nominated by The Arc of Haywood’s board of directors and executive director. The award recognized Caldwell for his work with The Arc of Haywood County’s most successful fund-raiser, the Smoky Mountain Nine-Ball Shoot Out. Caldwell began this pool tournament 24 years ago and it has continued to grow. The tournament has a field of 128 players and a waiting list. In recent years, a women’s division was added and it has been filled to capacity since its inception.

In addition to the pool tournament, Caldwell has served on The Arc of Haywood County’s Board of Directors for more than 20 years and many Arc committees. The letters of support for Caldwell to be considered for the award spoke to his commitment and dedication to improving the lives of people with disabilities and his willingness to do whatever is needed to get the job done.

One letter summed it up by stating, “Gary is truly a man of outstanding character. You would be hard-pressed to find a more deserving person for The Arc of North Carolina’s Volunteer of the Year Award.”