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Anthony Atala Chosen as the 2020 Distinguished Citizen


WINSTON-SALEM, NC (January 9, 2020) Dr. Anthony Atala, from Winston-Salem, NC, has been chosen as the 2020 Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Old Hickory Council, BSA. Dr. Atala is the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the W. Boyce Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at the Wake Forest School of Medicine

Dr. Atala is married to Dr. Katherine Atala, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine. The Atala’s have two Eagle Scout Sons.

For 31 years, the Old Hickory Council, headquartered in Winston-Salem, has sought to recognize one individual in the community who is a role model by his or her personal accomplishments, and is also an example of what Scouting holds most important. leadership and service to others. From the very first honoree in 1990, John Medlin Chairman of Wachovia Bank to the 2019 honoree, Dr. Gary Green, this important community event has raised over $3 million for Scouting in Winston-Salem and Northwest North Carolina. 

Past Honorees

2019 Dr. Gary Green 2004    Murray C. Greason
2018Dr. Nathan Hatch     2003Clarence “Bighouse” Gaines
2017John Burress III2002John A. Allison
2016Kelly S. King2001Len B. Preslar, Jr.
2015Susan Cameron2000Tab Williams
2014Stanhope Kelly1999Senator Richard Burr
2013John Whitaker1998Paul Wiles
2012Don Flow1997L.M. “Bud” Baker
2011Betty Quick1996Dr. Thomas Hearn
2010Edwin Welch Jr.1995Victor Flow
2009L. Glenn Orr Jr.1994Richard Janeway, MD
2008Mayor Allen Joines1993Jesse Helms
2007Walter McDowell1992James W. Johnson
2006Richard Vaughn1991Paul Fulton
2005Richard H Dean, MD1990John G. Medlin

The Old Hickory Council based in Winston-Salem serves youth and families through Scouting in eight northwest North Carolina counties including Alleghany, Ashe, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.  Additional information about Scouting can be found at www.scouting.org or for information on the Old Hickory Council and how to get involved in Scouting in Northwest North Carolina, go to www.oldhickorycouncil.org.


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