Mount Gilead’s Friends in Focus is making the final preparations for this weekend’s community appreciation gala. The non-profit group provides programs for senior citizens and students, and the annual gala is planned to honor local residents for their contributions to the community.
Also as part of the evening, the organization will announce which local high school seniors have been selected to receive a Friends in Focus scholarship.
Long-time educator Milfred Greene was honored at the inaugural community gala in 2012, and previous recipients of the award named for Greene are Asia Dumas and Highland Community Center director Mary Pemberton.
The community appreciation gala will start Sat., Jun. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Haywood Event Center on S. Main St., Mount Gilead. Information on the ticketed event is available at Highland Community Center, or by phone at 910-975-3122.
First formed in 2012, Friends in Focus has coordinated the “Gator Good Guys” mentoring program at Mount Gilead Elementary School and collected books for the school’s “Give 5 Read 5” program. The group also promotes a number of activities at Highland Community Center and is a supporter of the One Community Mount Gilead initiative.