Monthly Archives: June 2011

Sparks Featured Speaker at Spring 2011 Walker College of Business Commencement

The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University has posted videos of graduation and the Commencement Speech by our CEO, Richard Sparks.

Richard Sparks, CEO

“I encourage you to live a life of integrity. Frankly, knowing right from wrong is not that difficult. But doing the right thing often requires something greater on your part. I believe that is what integrity is all about, to have the courage to go beyond knowing what is right and actually doing what is right.”  – Richard Sparks

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Davant Honorary Chairwoman for 34th Annual Blowing Rock Hospital Fashion Show & Luncheon

The committee for the Blowing Rock Hospital Fashion Show and Luncheon invites you to join them this summer for the exciting events benefiting the hospital building fund.  “This is the 34th year for this fundraiser, and this summer we’ve made some big changes in order to give people more fun opportunities to support our local hospital system” says Janis Fite, Co-Chairwoman of this year’s fashion show and luncheon.

For the first time, the committee has chosen an Honorary Chairwoman for the Fashion Show and Luncheon.  Continue reading

Community Shred Day at Watauga Medical Center

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is partnering with Shred-it North Carolina to offer a Free Community Shred Day on Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 9 am tuntil 1 pm. The Shred-it truck will be located in the main parking lot of Watauga Medical Center at 336 Deerfield Road in Boone.

The shredding of documents with personal, confidential information is recommended by the State Attorney General’s office, along with Shred-It North Carolina as an effort to protect you from identity theft.  This event is free and open to anyone in the area who has items they wish shredded.

In addition to the Shred-It truck, a representative from the NC Attorney General’s office will be on-site at the event to provide information about identity theft and tips on ways to protect your identity.