Eddie Beard and Larry Johnson holding the Legacy Award presented by ALFA.

Honorees receive award

HICKORY, N.C. — Eddie Beard and Larry Johnson were presented with the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Legacy Award at the 17th AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance Winter Gala held on Dec. 7 at Youssef 242.

Beard and Johnson have supported ALFA for over 10 years and were bestowed with the honors for their commitment to the organization. They exemplified professional and personal commitment to their community and ALFA.

Over 100 supporters were on hand for the gala which serves as a winter fundraiser for ALFA. The restaurant and local food and beverage vendors contributed toward the event.

Beard had served for a number of Catawba County organizations over the years, including ALFA, vice president, 2003-2005 and president, 2006-2007; founding member of OutRight Youth; the local chapter of the American Red Cross; and a variety of professional nursing organizations in North Carolina and across the nation. He received his Bachelors of Nursing from Lenior Rhyne University, his Masters in Nursing Administration for the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and Doctorate of Nursing Executive Leadership from American Sentinel University.

He currently serves as senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

Johnson serves on the ethics committee for Catawba Valley Medical Center and moderates Conversations in Ethics, a continuing education and outreach program of the hospital. During his career he has served as board member and legal counsel for a variety of non-profit organizations, including ALFA, from 2005 thru 2011, and OUTRight Youth of Catawba Valley. He is a Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary International and a 32nd degree Mason.

Johnson graduated from Oklahoma State University with honors and from the University College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in a variety of state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Johnson is engaged in private practice in Hickory, focusing on small business, estate planning and general practice.

info: alfainfo.org.

— staff & releases

Feminist to engage participation

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — On Jan. 17, 2 p.m., Shelly Graff, a feminist singer/songwriter, will bring her Singing in Sacred Circle to Crystal Visions, 5426 Asheville Hwy.

This afternoon program invites women to look into “your sister’s eyes and share voice and spirit through song.”

Organizers said that participants will be able to learn short, repetitive women-centered and earth-based chants, giving rise to power from the center of the circle as all voices create an energy that is empowering, loving, healing and transformative. This opportunity is intended to allow women, regardless of singing experience, to share their voices in a non-competitive, relaxed safe space.

Cost on a sliding scale is $15-25 with cash or check. There is no pre-registration and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

info: crystalvisionsbooks.com. shelleyg.com.

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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.