August 13, 2012
For Immediate Release
Sterling Events Group Selected to Receive 2012 Carraway Award of Merit from Preservation North Carolina
(Clemmons, NC) – Sterling Events Group is pleased to announce that they have been selected to receive the 2012 Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit from Preservation North Carolina for their renovation of the historic barn turned conference center, WinMock at Kinderton. According to Preservation North Carolina, the Carraway Awards are presented each year to people and organizations demonstrating genuine commitment through extraordinary leadership, research, philanthropy, promotion and/or personal participation in historic preservation.
“We are both honored and humbled to receive this special recognition”, shared Wayne Thomas, president/owner of WinMock at Kinderton and Sterling Events Group. “From the onset of this renovation project, it was imperative that we ensured the plans for this grand barn stay true to its historical integrity while adding the modern conveniences our clients enjoy today.”
The property, an iconic 20,000+ square foot barn, was built in the late 1920s and survives from the country estate built by S. Clay Williams, a former president of RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. During its prime, WinMock was one of the largest dairies in North Carolina and in December 2010, the property was awarded a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Since its opening in June 2011, WinMock has hosted over 500 corporate, non-profit and wedding events and has been visited by more than 30,000 guests.
Thomas adds, “It certainly took a village to successfully transform and breathe new life into the barn. Without the dedication of key partners like BB&T, West & Stem Architecture, Windsor Commercial Contractors, Kinderton Commercial Center, the Town of Bermuda Run, and local Davie County officials, the renovation of WinMock would not have been possible. We want to express our sincere appreciation for their support and share this recognition with each one of them.”
The award will be presented on Friday, September 21st at Preservation North Carolina’s Annual Conference in Asheville.
About Sterling Events Group
Sterling Events Group, headquartered outside Winston-Salem, North Carolina with offices throughout the Carolinas has provided travel, event planning and production services for corporate clients nationwide since 1985. The award-winning organization offers clients a full-range of specialized support services including budget development and planning; registration & housing management; destination management; group travel; special event planning; event staffing; ground transportation/meet & greet services; audio visual equipment rental; event décor & style; meeting technologies; and event branding and marketing. The company also owns and manages, WinMock at Kinderton, historic barn turned special event facility in Bermuda Run, NC. Learn more at www.SterlingEventsGroup.com