Hardy Telecommunications has given a $250 donation to support Heritage Weekend, making Hardy a Gold Level sponsor of the 2018 event.
Derek Barr, Hardy’s director of customer service and sales, marketing and human resources, presented the check on February 1 to Hardy County Tour and Crafts Association Chairperson Kris Strickler. The association organizes and coordinates Heritage Weekend.
“Without you, we wouldn’t be able to have Heritage Weekend,” Ms. Strickler said. “Our sponsors make it possible for us to do this.”
The tour and crafts association puts the proceeds from Heritage Weekend back into the community. Ms. Strickler noted that last year’s Heritage Weekend was so successful that the association recently was able to give a $25,000 check to the Hardy County Public Library’s renovation project.
Derek said Hardy Telecommunications is a longtime sponsor of Heritage Weekend, having financially supported the event ever since the association first began requesting donations.
“Even as a technology company in an industry that changes every day, Hardy Telecommunications strongly believes in remembering and celebrating our past,” Derek said. “We have such a rich heritage in Hardy County, and we want to ensure that the accomplishments of past generations aren’t forgotten.”
Heritage Weekend takes place the last weekend in September each year and consists of tours, activities, exhibitions and various craft displays. The event brings many tourists to the region.
“It takes a tremendous amount of work to pull off Heritage Weekend every year,” said Derek, a former board member of the tour and crafts association. “We appreciate the efforts of all of the volunteers.”