Kim Smith receives I Love That Lady award

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Kim Smith, of Havelock, receives congratulations from her friend Karen Wafford after she won the I Love That Lady award Thursday night.

Bill Hand/Halifax Media Service
Published: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 03:51 PM.

You’ve just got to love Kim Rice Smith.

At least that’s the conclusion of the committee that has been choosing the annual recipient of the I Love That Lady award since 2010.

Smith won the honor — and a $5,000 check for her charity — during an awards dinner Thursday evening at the Riverfront Convention Center in New Bern for her work with a disadvantaged youth lunch program.

Smith’s selection was announced by a video that included comments from several of her friends and coworkers praising her.

Accepting the award, Smith said she was completely surprised.

“I feel like I have a lot of really sneaky friends,” she told the crowd of about 230 women gathered for the event.

Smith coordinates The Summer Cafe program that is run out of her home church, Cherry Point United Methodist in Havelock. In the past, the program involved putting together lunches for students in the area during the summer months. Those students helped are generally the ones who qualify for free and reduced lunches during the school year.

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