NEWTON, NC – The City of Newton Human Relations Council on Sunday presented Jerry McCombs with the Unity Award for his contributions to the community. The annual award recognizes those who have contributed to the racial and cultural harmony in the City of Newton.
“This is something I will keep and look upon it as I continue my work,” McCombs said of the plaque. McCombs also thanked the Human Relations Council for the acknowledgement of his efforts in the community.
McCombs’s community activities include serving as president of the Catawba County Branch of the NAACP, on the Board of Directors of the Newton-Conover Auditorium Authority, a cabinet member of the Catawba County Champions of Education, member of the Catawba County Carolina Thread Trail Committee, Catawba County Planning, Parks and Development Advisory Committee, Catawba County Transportation Committee, Catawba County Emergency Action Committee, Hickory Metropolitan Higher Education Center and Catawba County Cancer Task Force. McCombs also is involved in district and regional committees in a variety of organizations. He is a member of Mt. Olin AME Zion Church in Newton.
The presentation of the Unity Award is only one highlight of the Unity Day Celebration. The mission of Unity Day is to bring the communities of the City of Newton together in unity and love; to promote positive multi-cultural relations and harmony throughout the City; to bring everyone together by raising the public’s vision above barriers of color, culture and creed; and to celebrate the value and respect for diversity through dance, music and food.
Attendees enjoyed musical selections and dances from Word of Life Choir, Molly Underwood and the CVCC Challenger Hmong Dance Troupe. Afterward, the crowd enjoyed food from Saigon Garden, Hermanos Chavez, Tojo International Bakery, Subway and Little Caesar’s Pizza.