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SIDEBAR: Two to be honored at Pride Festival

Salisbury Pride will be presenting the Ralph Ketner Ally Award to William Stanback and the Volunteer of the Year Award to Athena Moore during a ceremony on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Stanback, 93, was a former mayor of Salisbury and a business leader in the community. He was also a charter member of the Salisbury-Rowan PFLAG chapter.

“I am incredibly proud to stand in solidarity with the LGBT community here in Salisbury and beyond. In light of the tragedy in Orlando, being an ally is more important than ever,” says Bill Stanback about the award.

Mike Clawson, who nominated Stanback for the award, will be accepting the award on Stanback’s behalf.

Stanback will be the second person to receive the award.

“…By awarding Mr. Stanback this award we continue to show the progressiveness of the city of Salisbury, and we say a heartfelt thank you to him personally,” Salisbury Pride President Tamara Sheffield said.

Athena Moore began volunteering two years ago. Her focus has been helping the Entertainment Committee of the organization.

Rodney Lippard, Entertainment Committee chair and board member, said Moore has been an integral part of the committee and has helped follow up with agents and managers and escorted entertainers around the city.

“I can think of no one more deserving and who has given more of her time, talents, and energy volunteering to Salisbury Pride than Athena. I am so delighted that she is receiving this award. She is most worthy to be called Salisbury Pride’s Volunteer of the Year,” Lippard said.

The awards ceremony will be at 1 p.m. at the Pride Festival on Saturday in the parking lot at the intersection of East Fisher Street and South Lee Street.

Find more information at www.salisburypride.com.

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