Fall 2013

Shirley CohenShirley Cohen

Born in 1924, Shirley is a living example of living life to the fullest. A long time volunteer at Asheville Community Theater, she has served in a variety of roles both on stage and off stage – actor, box office ticket sales, usher, house manager for performances and backstage dresser. She volunteers for radio reading service (MARRS) for the blind. Shirley is among the founders of The Autumn Players, a very active senior thespians group who bring theater and poetry reading to schools, nursing homes and retirement communities in the region. In addition, she is active in Congregation Beth Ha-Tephila where she serves on the ritual committee and sings in the volunteer choir.

Billy Gardenhight

Billy Gardenhight

Born in 1934, Billy is a true example of living a life of helping others, giving of himself and his resources unselfishly. He pioneered obtaining golfing rights for blacks at the Municipal Golf Course, which was whites only. As a founding member of Sky View Golf Association, a non-profit, Billy was instrumental in creating training and competitions for black golfers. He was a driving force behind the creation of South Eastern Golfers Tour and a senior tour director. While raising their family, Billy and his wife became foster parents to a number of troubled black youth. He was one of the original entrepreneurs that purchased the land and built Shiloh Community Center.

Adelaide Key

Adelaide Daniels Key

Born in 1935, Adelaide remembers her first awareness of wanting to make a difference by helping others at age six. She is a philanthropic humanitarian. Since moving to Asheville in 1987, she has generously given her time, money and support to worthy nonprofits in the area of health, education, and children. She served on as many as 18 boards at once. Adelaide started the Key Center for Service Learning, affording students credits in exchange for their service to nonprofits. She founded the Rathbun Center hospitality house that provides, free of charge, lodging and other supportive services in a "home like" environment, to patients (and their caregivers) coming to Asheville for medical treatment.