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Hope Wittmer, executive director of Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach, expresses her delight that HNGO is a recipient of the Lake Lure Olympiad. Volunteers in photo are: Linda Ratschan (L), Hope Wittmer, Virginia Wilbanks, Pat Cook, Diane Goodwin and Terri Hunnicutt. Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach is a nonprofit organization relying solely on contributions from churches, businesses, clubs, organizations, and individuals. ”Without the generosity of our wonderful community, we could not provide assistance to those in need. Thank you LL Olympiad for enabling us to continue helping others.”

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Each year the area service organizations of police, fire, ems and fire auxiliaries provide outstanding safety and management support for the many events of the Olympiad. Ron Morgan, Fire and Safety Coordinator, accepts a check from Bob Keith, Olympiad Event Coordinator, on behalf of all recipients for an amount of over $13,000. Also in the picture are Jimmy Howell, Bills Creek Fire Chief, Vinnie Bifulco, EMS Assistant Chief, Gary Wilson, Fairfield Mountain Fire Chief, Amy Dalton, EMS Chief, and Chris Melton Chimney Rock Assistant Chief. Photo by Kat Canant.