Pamela Kimbrell Warlick has been honored by the Gaston Neighborhood Basis with the receipt of the thirty first annual Allen H. Sims Award.
The award is offered every year “in recognition of an individual who shows the traits of the late Allen Sims: the selfless act of seeing a necessity and discovering an answer, of caring for a neighborhood, and making a distinction.”
Sims, in keeping with info offered by the inspiration, headed an extended record of business-related and local people organizations, however was greatest often known as a neighborhood fundraiser and for giving nameless monetary assist to many younger individuals.
Bequests from his property and that of his spouse, Anne Rankin Sims, created what remains to be the biggest single fund within the Neighborhood Basis – an unrestricted endowment bearing their names.
Warlick is the primary descendant of a former Sims recipient to additionally obtain the award. Her father, the late Duke Kimbrell, obtained the award in 2000.
Certainly Warlick referenced her father in discussing the importance of the honour she has obtained.
“My father was born in Gastonia and he liked this neighborhood and its individuals,” she mentioned. “It’s his instance that we hope to observe and go on to our kids, their kids, and the subsequent era.”
Warlick started her schooling at Gaston Day College after which attended Salem School the place she earned her bachelor’s diploma in artwork historical past.
That background led her to be instrumental within the building of the Pamela Kimbrell Warlick Visible and Performing Arts Heart at Gaston Day.
“It was so thrilling to be concerned with that mission from the bottom up,” she recalled. “It was so fulfilling to work with the architects, the administration, the school, and the scholars to create a middle that’s devoted solely to arts schooling.”
Warlick’s different involvements associated to the humanities embrace serving as president of the Gaston County Museum of Artwork and Historical past, serving on the Arts Committee for the Warlick Household YMCA, and volunteering on the Arts Job Drive at Daniel Stowe Botanical Backyard.
“Since my background is within the arts,” Warlick mentioned. “My private ardour is supporting arts-related tasks in our neighborhood.”
Exterior of the humanities, Warlick has been concerned within the Junior League and is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia. She is a recipient of the Order of the Lengthy Leaf Pine and has served on the board of administrators and the grants committee for the Neighborhood Basis.
“As a household, we’re really blessed to have the ability to give again to the neighborhood,” she mentioned. “That’s our best pleasure.”
Gaston Day Head of College Richard Rankin credited Warlick’s management and philanthropy not just for the institution of the Visible and Performing Arts Heart but additionally for the continued well being and progress of the college.
“With out her assist,” mentioned Rankin, “I am undecided the college would exist because it does as we speak.”
Rankin credited Warlick for “her personal generosity” but additionally famous how she influenced her father to be an ideal supporter of the college as nicely.
“She talked her dad into loving this college simply as a lot as she did,” Rankin recalled. “Her life displays his beneficiant spirit, however her wishes to enhance the neighborhood had been an enormous affect on him.”
Rankin additionally praised Warlick as, “the kindest, most beneficiant individual I do know. She is an individual who takes nice pleasure in different individuals’s success and in serving to others to achieve success.”
Nancy Paschall, chairwoman of the Neighborhood Basis’s board of administrators, echoed Rankin’s remarks about Warlick.
“We had been so thrilled to current her with this award and to honor her in such a particular approach,” Paschall mentioned. “She is so deserving of this recognition as a result of she has been so great to this neighborhood.”
Paschall added that Warlick has “blessed Gaston County along with her imaginative and prescient, her management, her skills and her sources. She units a beautiful instance for us all.”
Warlick was initially slated to obtain the Sims Award in 2020 however the annual banquet was canceled as a result of considerations over COVID-19.
With the delta variant of COVID nonetheless a priority this yr, the annual Sims Dinner, held on the Gaston Nation Membership, mirrored these realities.
Attendees all wore masks and the traditional sit-down dinner was as a substitute supplied in take-out kind.
“We felt it vital to steer by instance within the hopes of conserving everybody protected,” mentioned Basis President Ernest Sumner,” whereas nonetheless with the ability to share within the pleasure of the award collectively.”
The award was offered to Warlick by her son, Davis Warlick, who mentioned, “My mother has carried out my grandfather’s needs: ‘Give us grateful hearts and (allow us to) assist others.'”
Previous Sims Awards Recipients
- 2019 — Wayne and Julia Shovelin
- 2018 — Dr. William A. Present Sr.
- 2017 — Dr. Charton Okay. Torrence Jr.
- 2016 — Henry Massey Jr.
- 2015 — Mildred J. Sadler
- 2014 — W. Alex Corridor
- 2013 — Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Rauch
- 2012 — John Okay. Lengthy
- 2011 — Mrs. Johan T. Newcombe
- 2010 — Ralph S. Robinson Jr.
- 2009 — Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Carstarphen III
- 2008 — Invoice Palmer
- 2007 — Mr. and Mrs. Dougie Henry
- 2006 — Tom D. Efird
- 2005 — Mr. and Mrs. Bob Adams
- 2004 — Daniel Jonathan Stowe
- 2003 — Titus Greene
- 2002 — B. Frank Matthews II
- 2001 — Rebecca B. Carter
- 2000 — W. Duke Kimbrell
- 1999 — Plato Pearson Jr.
- 1998 — J. Edward Stowe
- 1997 — Charles E. Zeigler
- 1996 — J.B. Alala Jr.
- 1995 — Albert Myers and Mr. and Mrs. James Cherry
- 1994 David R. LaFar III
- 1993 — Harold T. Sumner and the Rev. Robert E. Johnson Jr.
- 1992 — Mr. and Mrs. Grier Beam
- 1991 — Lucy Rawlings Penegar and John L. Fraley Jr.
- 1990 — Judith Miller, A. Leonel Bruememer, James B. Carter, and James B. Leonard
In regards to the Neighborhood Basis
The inspiration started operations on Could 8, 1978, because the Garrison Neighborhood Basis, a non-profit public charity. Preliminary funding of $726,524 got here from belongings of the closed Garrison Normal Hospital.
In 1987, the identify was modified to the Neighborhood Basis of Gaston County, to raised describe its broader neighborhood function.
People, households, and organizations set up funds on the basis to hold out their charitable giving, each now and sooner or later.
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