The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

October 29, 2012

Badin prepares for Centennial


Monday, October 29, 2012 — Badin crests the century mark soon and will celebrate its 100th birthday for the full year in 2013 with an ambitious, but well positioned plan.

Thanks to local business sponsorship commitments the momentous occasion is set to move forward.

Alcoa Aluminum, which shares a rich, enduring history with Badin, is the centennial’s Signature sponsor, having pledged $25,000 toward the milestone celebration with special focus on two key events: a concert by Lou Donaldson and the Historic Badin Hard-away Annual Powwow.

Community constituent and financial polestar Bank of Stanly is the centennial’s Title sponsor with a $10,000 contribution to help make the eventful celebration a reality.

Long standing pillars of the community The Stanly News & Press and WSPC 1010/WZKY 1580 AM radio stations are Platinum sponsors with pledges of $7,500 each in promotional support.

Thanks to the contributions of these Badin partners, the town’s centennial committee is moving closer to its goal of $65,000 to fund a diverse series of centennial themed events throughout the 2013 year.

Additional sponsors of all levels are still needed and several other Stanly County businesses with strong ties to Badin may yet announce commitments.

“The generous support Badin’s volunteer centennial committee has received so far is tremendous and shows how these Stanly County businesses value the local community,” Badin Town Manager Jay Almond said.

“Public-private partnerships like these foster the kind of union that really binds communities together and we’re proud to be a part of them.”

Town of Badin staff members, elected officials and community volunteers, including local non-profit groups Better Badin Inc. and Uwharrie Community Service Development Inc., are working together to commemorate the 1913-2013 century, but the effort has humble beginnings.

“The earliest meetings started about two years ago with a few volunteers in a room looking around at each other with raised eyebrows and no funds,” Almond said.

“The group started sharing ideas, enlisted municipal support, gained a few new volunteers, and started working on fundraising events.

“Once a solid list of commemorative events was developed, members began approaching trusted local businesses to partner with and it has really grown from there.”