By Kelly Snow – The Courier Times

One of Person County’s most active volunteers was honored during the North Carolina Main Street Conference last week in Statesville.

Beth Townsend was named a North Carolina Main Street Champion during Thursday’s recognition ceremony.

Townsend was nominated by the Uptown Roxboro Group.

“She always manages to have time and unending energy for involvement in the community and to support Uptown Roxboro in any capacity that she can,” her nomination letter read. “Beth spends countless hours volunteering and encouraging that same effort from others. She is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to organizing and planning or finding vendors or entertainment when needed. She gets passionately involved in whatever project she is working on and also organizes fundraisers for other organizations that she volunteers with, to utilize Uptown businesses and bring all of that buzz to Uptown Roxboro’s Main Street.”

Townsend serves as the Vice President for Advancement and Communication at Piedmont Community College and was surprised when staff from the college joined her for the celebration.

“I was so surprised and honored to receive this award,” Townsend said. “The volunteer work I do is not done alone, though. I am incredibly thankful to the many people I have connected with over the years that make great things happen in our community.”

Uptown Roxboro Group Executive Director April Spencer highlighted her work helping to organize food truck rodeos and the annual Jingle on Main event.

“She does things for me that I haven’t even thought to ask her to do,” Spencer said. “I don’t know how she has all the time and energy, but she does. With the all things she does for PCC and [the Animal Protection Society of Person County] and she’s an amazing mom. She’s everywhere, all the time. She does so much and saves me so many man hours and stress and time. She is well deserving.”

Jingle on Main stands out for Townsend, as well.

“I am especially proud of Jingle on Main, growing from an event at Piedmont Community College to a much anticipated and special night on Main Street each December,” Townsend said. “I also consider the Kirby Rebirth project and the dedicated hours given by so many people, as well as community and individual contributions that made the renovation possible. The most important lesson I’ve learned while volunteering is that without positive collaborations we have minimal chance for success, but when we work together, we have the opportunity to accomplish amazing things for one another.”

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