Providing a way for the community in Eastern North Carolina to rise and shine is the driving force behind Greenville Attorney Tyrell Clemons’ second annual Community Award Recognizing Excellence event in February.
Dubbed the C.A.R.E Awards, the event will be held Feb. 13, 2015 at the Greenville Convention Center. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling the Clemons Law Firm at 252-565-8635.
Awards will be given out in 12 categories:
• Teacher of the Year
• Minority Business of the Year
• Non-Profit of the Year
• The Barber or Barber Shop of the Year
• The Stylist or Salon of the Year
• The Mentor of the Year
• The Community Leader of the Year
• The Future Leader Award
• The Most Charitable Business
• The Local Artist of the Year
• The Best Detail Shop
Clemons’ commitment to spreading the word about the positive and uplifting activities going on in Greenville and Eastern North Carolina influenced his decision to launch the awards in 2013. He says he schedules the event in February to coincide with the founding of his law firm.
“We need to find something that we can do for this city. There’s not a lot of events that we can dress up for, or we can come to a positive event that the community can come to. There are events for the upper eschelon in this community, but there aren’t a lot of events for the community as a whole that we can get excited about,” he adds.
It’s time for the good news about good people to come out, he explains.
“You see, you have the news and people talking about all the bad things that are going on. Greenville is not bad. Eastern North Carolina is not bad. We just need a program to highlight the good,” he says.
Clemons’ serious side as an attorney works with criminal law, juvenile, traffic and civil rights litigation. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t enjoy a night out.
“I love to have fun, I love to celebrate. Put all those things together and the C.A.R.E. Awards are perfect for me,” he says with a smile.
Nominations are gathered by his event committee and can be submitted via the website, he explains.
The Stokes native and graduate of University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is a former youth pastor who continues to discuss spiritual issues on the Tyrell Clemons Morning Show on Praise 100.1FM.
He also can be seen on his television show, Lawyer Up, on the CW Network Sunday at 10 a.m. , when he discusses legal issues with the audience. “Nothing is off limits,” he says.
Clemons hopes that younger adults can use the awards as an inspirational and motivational way to consider more positive paths for the lives. “Sometimes you have to sacrifice the ‘right now’ for what you can build for the future,” is the message he has for those youngsters who may be considering other less productive paths for their lives.
The Clemons Law Firm is located at 823 Evans St. in Greenville. He can be reached at 252-565-8635.
The firm specializes in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Juvenile, Traffic, Civil Rights Litigation, Family Law, Wills & Estates and Real Estate.