Published On: Mon, May 19th, 2014

10th Annual Cherokee Day of Caring held

Lumpy Lambert (center), general manager of Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel, was one of 225 volunteers for the 10th Annual Cherokee Day of Caring on Thursday, May 15.  (Photos by Kristy Herron/EBCI Commerce)

Lumpy Lambert (center), general manager of Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel, was one of 225 volunteers for the 10th Annual Cherokee Day of Caring on Thursday, May 15. (Photos by Kristy Herron/EBCI Commerce)

ONE FEATHER STAFF REPORT

 

A total of 225 volunteers completed 10 projects in 10 communities on EBCI trust lands during the annual Cherokee Day of Caring on Thursday, May 15.

“Our people have a long history of coming together to improve our community and to help our neighbors,” said Principal Chief Michell Hicks.  “The Cherokee Day of Caring is the continuation of that tradition, and it remains one of the most important lessons we can teach our children.  I am honored to be part of this organized effort to make the lives of our people better.”

Principal Chief Michell Hicks (right) is shown with NASCAR legend Kyle Petty who participated in Thursday’s Day of Caring.

Principal Chief Michell Hicks (right) is shown with NASCAR legend Kyle Petty who participated in Thursday’s Day of Caring.

The event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Principal Chief, the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.  The Preservation Foundation purchased the materials used in the projects and Harrah’s Cherokee provided lunch for all of the volunteers.

“I think the Cherokee Day of Caring is the best thing we do,” said Jo Blaylock, Harrah’s Cherokee vice president of human resources.  “It brings us together with other community members to improve someone’s living environment.  The caring and love that comes from these events is tremendous and brings us together as a community.”

Annette S. Clapsaddle, Cherokee Preservation Foundation executive director, commented, “An event such as this gives us the opportunities to lead in many different ways using our incredibly diverse sets of talents to collectively improve the quality of life for our community.”

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