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Linda Brown, left, and David Culp share the annual Nancy Faye Craig Volunteer of the Year award, announced by the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen at its meeting on Feb. 14.
Linda Brown and David Culp were honored with the annual Nancy Faye Craig Volunteer of the Year award by the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen at its meeting on Feb. 14.
As a past chair of the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla, past member of the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History board, active member in the Harbor Island Garden Club and the Wrightsville Beach Foundation, Brown said she was surprised by the award.
“Well I was pretty shocked; I’m sure there are many, many people more worthy than I,” Brown said. “But I was honored, I can tell you that; I love Wrightsville Beach and I am just overwhelmed with it, really. I’m not really one who likes to be awarded … I just do it.”
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Sisson said Brown’s commitment to bettering the town through the flotilla, beautification projects and other events like Taste of Wrightsville Beach exemplify what the award is about.
“That is the kind of person that I am looking for, somebody who has kind of gone above and beyond just being a regular citizen of the town to try to make the town a better place,” Sisson said.
Currently involved in the Wrightsville Beach Foundation’s project to beautify downtown Wrightsville Beach, Brown said volunteer service has been crucial to making Wrightsville Beach the place it is today.
“There is only so much the town can do and they really need organizations and private individuals to love their community and want to give back to it,” she said. “That is my thing and fortunately I have the time to do it.”
A six-year member of the citizen-run Wrightsville Beach Planning Board, Culp said he did not expect the honor when he went to the board’s meeting that night.
“I was surprised and pleased,” Culp said. “You always like to be recognized, but it was a total surprise because there are a lot of people that were on the board with me during that time and we all did a lot of work.”
In addition to his work on the planning board, alderwoman Susan Collins said it was also Culp’s service on the Unified Development Ordinance and flood mitigation committees that stood out to her.
“He is such a prepared researcher; when he comes to planning board he comes with extra research that he has done on his own,” Collins said. “I feel like he is so dedicated to the work he has done and that is what is special about David.”
Although he is taking this year off from serving on a town board to devote more time to his position as the executive director of the North Carolina Museum of Aviation and its campaign to build a new museum, Culp, a retired commercial airline pilot, said he would definitely be returning to the service of the town.