Dec. 12, 2014. North Carolina watercolor artist William Mangum has been a hands-on advocate for the needs of North Carolina’s homeless population, donating his artistic skills and publishing gifts to make The Honor Card program one of the most well-run and leveraged charitable programs in the country.
Through Mangum’s passionate endeavors and additional financial support from Wells Fargo, Piedmont Graphics and Mike and Sarah Kearney, every penny goes directly to support homeless agencies in thirteen cities across North Carolina: Asheville, Boone, Burlington, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Hickory, Mount Airey, Raleigh, Rocky Mount and Winston Salem.
Since 2008, Hospitality House in Boone, a nonprofit homeless agency serving Ashe, Avery, Watauga and Wilkes counties, has participated in The Honor Card program and is pleased to once again offer this unique and meaningful gift opportunity for the holiday season.
“We are thrilled to once again work with Bill on The Honor Card as we bring attention to the plight of homelessness in the High Country,” said Todd Carter, Hospitality House director of development.
“The essence of The Honor Card reminds us all that hope is an eternal force that can be shared between one another, regardless of where we might find ourselves in life. ”
Each year, The Honor Card features a contemplative painting by Mangum, one of the most respected and collected artists in the United States. Since discovering watercolors with a 59-cent tray in his pursuit towards his MFA, Bill has created more than 3,000 paintings since 1977. This year he shares the following inspiration:
“Hope is a universal force. As we draw near to another holiday season, I can’t help but reflect on those who are struggling to maintain some remnant of hope. All around us are people whose lives have seemingly derailed… How do they gain traction or keep moving without the flicker of light or bit of hope? That light is what the outreach programs of Hospitality House and volunteers work so diligently to provide to our friends in need. Our ‘eternal hope’ is in the Creator that made us. I’m so grateful to the hundreds of volunteers that are the hands of the Lord meeting the needs of those that are struggling with life. We are His hands to inspire, encourage and sustain those that are homeless and in need. What better way to celebrate your holiday season than by using the Honor Card to remember your family and friends and share your bounty and blessings with the less fortunate?”
The 2014 Holiday Honor Cards are available now through January for a minimum donation of $5 per card online at www.HospHouse.org and in person at Hospitality House located at 338 Brook Hollow Rd. Honor Cards may also be purchased at local Ashe, Avery, Watauga and Wilkes county businesses and churches including United Way of Wilkes, all Mast General Store locations, River Cross Market in Valle Crucis, Lost Province Brewing Company, Grace Lutheran Church, Church of the Holy Cross, Erick’s Wine and CHeese, The Pet Prairie Dog Retreat, Matney Liberty Church, Holy Trinity Church of the Frescoes, Little’s Health and Fitness, Bohemia Coffee House and Hair Quest in Warrensville.
The Honor Card is a unique way to recognize special individuals and at the same time give a meaningful gift to someone in need. Each Honor Card can be personalized, “honoring” an individual with a contribution to Hospitality House. Since its inception in 1988, more than 500,000 Honor Cards have been gifted. Over the years, many businesses have instituted the Honor Card as their official holiday card for clients, associates and employees. One hundred percent of the proceeds go toward providing shelter, food and life-changing services to the individuals and families being served by Hospitality House.
For further information, contact Todd Carter at 828-264-1237 or [email protected]