HICKORY, N.C. — ALFA, during its observance of National Volunteer Week, bestowed awards on a number of people who “went beyond the call of duty,” Community Outreach Manager Linda Sheehan said.

The reception was held on April 19 at Taste Full Beans, 29 2nd St. NW, followed by the ceremony.

Those who were honored for their service were: Distinguished Business Philanthropist, Youssef 242; Distinguished Youth Volunteer, Lelia Boyce; Angel Award, Brad Hutchinson; Consumer Advocate Volunteer, Linda Smallwood; Candlelight Award, Michael Stewart (Queenie Gabor); Distinguished Board Member, Leslie Cothren; and Steve Yount Memorial Award, Michelle Mathis.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.