Once a year the Laurel Main Street organization honors members of our downtown community for their commitment to the Main Street cause and their dedication to our community with “The One” Awards. The awards were named for a phrase that pops up again and again during brainstorming or event planning sessions: “Those who say it cannot be done should get out of the way of THE ONEs who are doing it!” On April 26th, we celebrated the dreamers, the doers, and THE ONES whose desire to leave things better than they found it is evident in all their pursuits.
This year, we enjoyed a beautiful evening at the home of LMS board members, Mallorie & Jim Rasberry. Attendees enjoyed perfect spring weather, great food, and fellowship with those who share their affinity for downtown Laurel. Awards were created by local calligrapher and artist Jade Yoder of Paper Studio and were presented by Laurel Main Street President, Lew Yoder.
Downtown Business of the Year
Chad & Terri Knight, owners of The Knight Butcher, were named Downtown Business of the Year. They are THE ONES who have completed such a tremendous amount of work on their storefront and have also worked tirelessly to create an engaging and inviting atmosphere. Their work outside their store, in the downtown community, is widespread as well, and we appreciate their dedication to downtown Laurel and Laurel Main Street! Whether they’re rallying downtown merchants, creating secret Easter egg hunts downtown, or hosting Laurelpalooza, the Knights have shown their love for downtown knows no bounds.
THE ONE Award
THE ONE Award is presented each year to Laurel Main Street’s top volunteer. This year, James & Nece Hill and Agape Church received THE ONE Award. The Hills began their service to downtown Laurel ten years ago when few others had a vision of what downtown Laurel could be. They renovated the former Woolworth’s building and built a modern church in the center of downtown. Agape Church’s desire to serve the community around them is a direct reflection of the Hill’s heart for service and love of Laurel. Agape Church is responsible for Downtown Movie Night, one of the most anticipated family events of the summer. Without their manpower, Downtown Movie Night wouldn’t happen. Agape Church will also provide the volunteers for this summer’s Downtown Laurel Farmers Market. We are so incredibly thankful for the Hills and the congregation of Agape Church for their loyalty and dedication to Laurel Main Street and the revitalization of downtown Laurel!