Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Scotty McCreary gives back to Garner


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Scotty McCreery delivers cases of peanut butter to Amy White, founder and director of development of Community of Hope Ministries in Garner.
Contributed Scotty McCreery delivers cases of peanut butter to Amy White, founder and director of development of Community of Hope Ministries in Garner.
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McCreery learns more about Garner's All-America City campaign from Mayor Ronnie Williams (left) and Town Manager Hardin Watkins.
Contributed McCreery learns more about Garner's All-America City campaign from Mayor Ronnie Williams (left) and Town Manager Hardin Watkins.
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McCreery presents flowers to his former music teacher, Beth Palmieri, during a surprise visit to Timber Drive Elementary School on Tuesday. McCreery donated seven new Lenovo computers to Ms. Palmieri's classroom.
Contributed McCreery presents flowers to his former music teacher, Beth Palmieri, during a surprise visit to Timber Drive Elementary School on Tuesday. McCreery donated seven new Lenovo computers to Ms. Palmieri's classroom.
 
It was Scotty McCreery Day in Garner on May 14, and McCreery – who took time off from his busy schedule to return home – marked the occasion by giving back to his hometown in several ways.
The season 10 “American Idol” winner first paid a surprise visit to his old elementary school, Timber Drive Elementary, and donated seven new Lenovo computers to his former music teacher, Beth Palmieri.
The donation was made possible by a partnership between McCreery and the Morrisville-based computer maker.
The country music star next went to the Community of Hope Ministries food pantry at First Baptist Church of Garner and delivered several cases of peanut butter. The offering was part of McCreery’s efforts to promote DoSomething.org’s Peanut Butter and Jam Slam, a campaign running through May 21 that encourages young people to help fight hunger in their communities by donating peanut butter, jelly or other non-perishable food items to local food pantries.
McCreery then went to Garner Town Hall and made a contribution to the town’s All-America City campaign after learning more about it from Mayor Ronnie Williams and Town Manager Hardin Watkins. The donation helped Garner exceed its $25,000 fundraising goal for All-America City efforts.
“This town’s given a lot to me through the years,” McCreery said. “It’s important for me to give back to the town.”
McCreery’s tour bus dropped him off at his home in Garner on Tuesday after two days of recording in Nashville and four shows in the Northeast.
The Town has designated May 14 as Scotty McCreery Day because on May 14, 2011, Garner organized a massive homecoming parade and concert for McCreery while he was competing for the “Idol” crown.
McCreery said he was optimistic about Garner’s chances of snagging an All-America City award next month.
“I think Garner’s the best town in America,” he said.
A contingent of citizens – including Community of Hope organizers – and town officials will travel to Denver June 14-16 to try to win the prestigious award, which recognizes citizen engagement and grassroots solutions to pressing community problems. Garner is one of 20 finalists for the award this year.

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