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Story and photo by Lindsey Chester
Cary, NC- The Lazy Daze Festival Committee presented 33 area non-profit organizations with grant money on Thursday, Jan. 27 at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center. Councilman Erv Portman noted that this is “a milestone for Lazy Daze grants. With these awards tonight, over $500,000 have been given since its inception” in 1980.
Best One-Day Festival in the Nation?
In his opening remarks, Lyman Collins said that “Lazy Daze is a community driven event” and added “that Cary is all about presenting great things for our citizens.”
He pointed out that Sunshine Artist magazine gives Lazy Daze the highest ranking for a one-day festival in the nation. Last year was one of the best attended events in festival history, and led to additional funds for the grant program totaling $35,000.
Exhibitors came from over 17 states and all remarked how welcoming and well organized our town was.
It Takes a Team
None of this would be possible without the help of teams of volunteers who partner with the town staff. Joy Ennis is Cary’s Festivals Director, and last year Brenda Larson was the Festivals Committee Chairperson. As the outgoing chair, it was her duty to announce the winners. She did so with humor, at times adopting a Scottish accent and using a bit of her native French.
Next year’s chairperson, Joy Pike, is busy with plans for this Summer’s event (to take place Aug 27). She and Cary artist Grace Li Wang closed the ceremony with the unveiling of Grace’s painting which will to be the official art for Lazy Daze 2011.
2011 Lazy Daze Grantee List
All organizations filed for the grants before an October 2010 deadline, and had to be a registered 501c3 group. More than seventy groups applied for grants, and 34 received them. The best part for CaryCitizen was that we knew almost everyone who received an award! Check our archives, and read about events they have each sponsored.
Here is the official list of the award winners and what their plans are:
The sheer breadth of these organizations and the impact they have on our town was overwhelming.
Cary continues to amaze me. Congratulations to all the grant winners!