Some of you may be familiar with the Center City Vision Awards but I suspect this is relatively new to some of you so I wanted to share as South End has always been a key part. The Vision Awards is produced by Charlotte Center City Partners and was created to “honor, recognize and celebrate the contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations that have made the center city a more vibrant urban core”. This years Vision Awards is scheduled for Thursday, April 18th. Traditionally, each year there is one ‘Vision Award” winner with several “Special Achievement’ winners. Past “Vision Award” recipients include Jim Rogers, Hugh McColl, Andreas Bechtler and this years recipient is Ed Crutchfield.
Past “Special Achievement” winners include several from South End to include Little Hardware, Mr. K’s, Price’s Chicken Coop and last years winners, Common Market. The Vision Awards is not simply presenting awards but a time where we share valuable information with attendees about Center City as well as share a few things to come. We’ll be sharing about a new vision for the Rail Trail at the Vision Awards, which runs through the heart of South End and a tremendous opportunity to the neighborhood.
There are many awards events in Charlotte, and I promise you that the Vision Awards is unlike any other. Last year we had BMX bikers flying through the air over the main stage. Year before that we had a close to life sized ice sculpture of the Disco Chicken. It’s an entertaining celebration with a great dinner and great opportunity to network as last year we had over 900 in attendance. If you are interested in attending and would like to purchase tickets or a table please shoot me an email and I will get you information (firstname.lastname@example.org). More details about the event can be found here.
Curious about the Special Achievement recipient from South End this year? They are….. I can’t tell you.
Here are a couple videos from past Vision Awards: