Kim Smith receives I Love That Lady award

Published: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 03:51 PM.

“We have at least a hundred kids,” she said of the program. “They hang around. They play air hockey in the fellowship hall. I like the relationship because you get to know the kids.”

At the request of the local schools, Smith — who is on the Craven County Board of Education — is to begin serving on weekends as well. Before winning the award, she didin’t know how she would do it.

“We operate completely on donations and we’re a really small church,” said Smith, a Havelock High graduate. “I had prayed about it and went to food programs about it to see if we could partner on it.” In fact, she added, “I didn’t know if we could do it for another year at all. God really blesses.”

“I don’t like recognition,” she said, “But I appreciate the check. We operate on a shoestring budget.”

With the addition of $5,000 to the ministry, she said she hopes to have that weekend program up and running within the month.

Two other women were named as finalists for the evening: Dena Sierocki, founder of the Greenbriar Children’s Fund, and Kathy Petrichko, who is involved in numerous area charities. Both received checks for $1,000 to be donated to their choice of charities.

Stephanie Seymore emceed the night and told the audience that “this year’s selection process was the hardest one yet. We received several dozen nominations and they were all full of amazing women ... It required quite a bit of agonizing to come to some decisions. What we realized is that we are surrounded by amazing ladies in our community.”

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