Shuford honored with 2013 Unity Award

NEWTON, NC (May 23, 2013) – The Newton City Council on Tuesday recognized Addie Shuford as the 2013 Unity Award recipient. Mayor Anne P. Stedman presented Shuford with the plaque recognizing her contributions to the City.

The award recognizes a Newton resident, business or industry that has contributed to racial and cultural harmony in the City of Newton. Shuford is known throughout the City as a volunteer for the Newton-Conover City School System, as the kitchen manager at Market Basekt and as an employee at Bassett Furniture.

Shuford graduated from Newton-Conover High School in 1979. She has worked and volunteer for the school system for 17 years in the ACT program, as a substitute teacher, coach of the Step Team, co-chair of Project Graduation and as Football Mom from 2003 to 2007 for the Newton-Conover High School football team. She has served as the Bandy’s High School Football Mom since 2009.

Shuford has also worked with the Newton Police Department and other law enforcement agencies on the “Stop the Gangs and Violence” program. Shuford, who lost a son to violence, shares her personal story with teens and young adults in the hopes of deterring them from criminal activity.

Shuford further donates her time to the greater good of the community. As a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, she has helped build 16 homes. She is a member of Unity Mission Seventh Day Adventist Church, where she has served as secretary, junior mother of the church, assistant of the usher board and head of the church Birthday Club.

Shuford is the mother of four children, fostered 11 children and adopted a daughter. Her son Marcus Shuford said his mother tries her best to make a difference in someone’s life every day if she can.