Gene Nichol and Senator Terry Van Duyn. (Jesse Kitt photo)

More than 400 people came out to celebrate Pisgah Legal Services’ (PLS)’ 40th Anniversary celebration on April 11 at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. See a full photo gallery of the evening by Jesse Kitt here.

Senator Terry Van Duyn and PLS Executive Director Jim Barrett. (Jesse Kitt photo)

Senator Terry Van Duyn presented PLS Executive Director Jim Barrett with North Carolina’s governor’s highest civilian honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award (shown below). This honor is given to individuals with a proven record of extraordinary service to the state.

Also honored were outstanding volunteers and supporters including: Pat Smith – The Terry Van Duyn Community Volunteer Award; James Ellis – The Roy W. Davis, Jr. Award; Sarah Corley – The Karl H. Straus Board Member Emeritus Award; and The Oliver Family – The Pisgah Legal Services Philanthropy Award.

Gene R. Nichol, the Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law at the UNC School of Law, inspired the crowd with a moving speech saying, “We’re not interested in politics, we’re interested in people. We say we’re in this together. We ARE our sisters’ and brothers’ keepers. We dream bigger dreams, higher goals. We don’t just mouth phrases like ‘justice for all.’ We mean to demand them, to live ‘em out.”

Thank you to all of the attendees and incredibly generous sponsors including:


Partner for Justice Sponsors:

Claudia Ann Baldwin





Jay Kerr Law 2011

Mission Health


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  Thank you to our generous event sponsors:

28th Judicial District Bar A-B Tech Community College
Marla and Joel Adams Ambiance Interiors
Appalachian Vintner Atlantic Bay Mortgage
Ruth and Luther Barnhardt Jennifer and David Billstrom
Blackbird Frame & Art Margie Bukowski
Elizabeth Liddell Button Ellen Clarke and John Byrd
Kevin Click Robin Bost and George Currin
Madeline Davis
Pat Deck
Shannon and Jared Dowler Earth Equity Advisors
Jennie Eblen and Rick Perkins Bruce Elliston
First Congregational United Church of Christ (Hendersonville) Patricia Robertson and Curry First
Judy Futch Consulting, Inc. Alice Gregory
Dawn and Heinz Grohs Grove Stone & Sand
Henco North Ann and Bob Irelan
Patsy Keever Jesse Kitt Photography
Bill Lohr Mary Selby and William Maloney
Marjorie Locke Marianne Mooney and Joe Sasfy
Lee Anne and Peter Mangone Dru Scandinario and Thomas Neustaetter
Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty Ott, Cone & Redpath, P.A.
New Morning Gallery My Father’s Pizza & Pasta
Tina and Hudson Owen Kim McGuire and Jim Samsel
Kate and Hon. Joe Sam Queen Karen Spacek and Billy Solmson
Samsel Architects Trinity Episcopal Church
Ruth and Larry Thompson Ward & Smith, P.A.
UNC Asheville Alice Weldon
Webb Investment Services Janie and Larry Wilson
Brad Whitney Anne Winter and Tobey Pierce