PILOT MOUNTAIN — Santana Hull, a sophomore at East Surry High school has organized “The Mayor’s Race of Pilot,” a fundraiser plan for the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library. Hull will continue to serve as the honorary “Mayor” through her senior year, 2018, at which time the title will be up for re-election and voted on by the community of Pilot.
The goal of the “Mayor” will be to plan, host, and execute at least two fundraisers annually on the behalf of the library. The Charles H. Stone Memorial Library has been serving our community since 1957, providing educational resources at no charge. Reduced funding has hurt the library significantly.
On February 2, 2015, Hull lost her boyfriend, Christian Gage Edwards, a junior at East Surry High School in a car accident. “The journey has been long and dark. I could not have survived through it without the grace of God, family, and the love and strong support of this community,” said Hull, explaining that “The Mayor’s Race of Pilot” is her way to give back to this community.
Anna Nichols, Head Librarian, expressed her gratitude for Hull’s multi-year fundraising project, saying, “it shows her concern for the community, literacy, and childhood reading.”
A kick-off fundraiser will be held at the library on October 31 from noon to 3 p.m. The festivities will include the introduction ceremony for “The Mayor’s Race of Pilot”, in which Mayor Dwight Atkins will present Hull an honorary key to the town. Food, drinks, and children activities are planned for the afternoon.
The money raised from the fundraiser will go to help upgrade the library’s technology, purchase office supplies, purchase cleaning supplies, and other needed items for the library.
Donations may be made at the library, at 319 West Main Street, or by contacting Santana Hull at 336-345-5439.
Diane Blakemore may be reached at 336-368-2222 or on twitter@PilotReporter.