Long-time CVB Leader Honored for Dedication to the Tourism Industry

PINEHURST, NC (February 11, 2020) – Beverly Stewart, executive vice-president of the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), was honored on Tuesday night with the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Beacon Award at its annual convention in Little Rock, AR.

The Beacon Award is presented annually by STS and recognizes an individual who best exemplifies outstanding leadership in the pursuit of excellence and who has advanced the tourism industry. Steward was cited for her dedication to the tourism industry for more than three decades and considers factors among nominees for overall accomplishments, innovation, performance, empowerment of others, integrity and respect.

“To be recognized among peers who I not only deeply respect but call friends means so much to me and shows true connections among those in our industry and region,” said Stewart. “Travel and tourism, at its heart, is about discovering what is best about your community, and sharing it with others. Engaging visitors in the rich personality of my home area – the people, the culture, the food, and the energy, continues to be a privilege and an incredible honor.”

“This is a much deserved honor for Beverly and we could not be more proud of her achievement and recognition,” said Phil Werz, president and CEO of the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area CVB. “As I travel around the state, there is not one person who does not know Bev and all she has done to advance tourism, not only in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area, but also throughout the state of North Carolina. She is an asset to our industry and one of the reasons why leisure and business groups choose to return to our area time and time again.”

Stewart has served the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau since it opened in 1987.

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Art Walk and Auction to Be on Display February 8 – April 2 in Southern Pines

SOUTHERN PINES, NC (February 04, 2020) – Before golf in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen area became the world-class and globally-recognized destination it is today, equestrian pursuits dominated the Sandhills region of North Carolina. And for the first time, ponies will roam the streets of downtown Southern Pines – Painted Ponies. The inaugural Painted Ponies Art Walk and Auction runs from February 8th through April 2nd as 10 five-foot tall fiberglass works of art will line Broad Street for all to view as visitors walk the downtown area. After the display is over, the ponies will be auctioned off with the proceeds benefitting the Carolina Horse Park Foundation’s educational and environmental programs.

On February 8th from 1-3pm, there will be a Painted Ponies Reveal Party and Walking Tour at The Mews located at 280 NW Broad Street in downtown Southern Pines. The reveal party is complimentary and open to the public.

“The Carolina Horse Park is proud to bring the Painted Ponies Art Walk to downtown Southern Pines. It demonstrates our commitment to our local businesses and artists while also highlighting our equestrian heritage and community,” said Bryan Rosenberg, chairman of the board for the Carolina Horse Park. “The Art Walk has been a phenomenal community effort. We look forward to visitors and residents enjoying the painted ponies while they line Broad Street and generously support the auction on April 4th.”

Local businesses are coordinating to sponsor the painted ponies that will be placed at 10 locations in downtown Southern Pines. Artists from the Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen area have donated their time and talent to transform the fiberglass ponies into exquisite works of art. Once the display ends on April 2nd, the painted ponies will be removed and auctioned off. The auction will take place on April 4th at Big Sky Farm in Southern Pines.

Painted ponies theme names include: Horses Connect Us All; Horsefeathers; The Chief’s Pony; Living in the Pines; Water for Horses, and more. Local businesses sponsoring the art walk and auction include: McPeake Hotels; C Cups Cupcakery; The Pilot newspaper; Audrey Wiggins/Better Homes and Garden Real Estate Lifestyle Property Partners; Opulance of Southern Pines; WhitLauter Estate Jewellry; McDevitt Town and Country Properties; Pinnock Real Estate and Relocation Services; Longevity Massage and Bodywork Therapy Center; The Country Bookshop; Ashten’s Restaurant; Moore Equine Feed and Pet Supply; English Riding Supply; Cabin Branch Tack Shop and BB&T Bank.

Visitors viewing the Painted Ponies Art Walk are asked to use the hashtag #PaintedPoniesCHP when taking pictures and posting them to social media.

The Carolina Horse Park (CHP) Foundation is a 315 acre, nationally recognized premier equine competition venue and preservation preserve located in Hoke County, NC. Founded in 1998 as a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization by equestrian enthusiasts, CHP is dedicated to the preservation of open space for equestrian events, as well as, educational and recreational purposes. Throughout the year, CHP runs approximately 28 weeks of equestrian events and 10 educational and nature events with visitors and competitors traveling primarily from the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

For more information about the Painted Ponies Art Walk and Auction, visit www.CarolinaHorsePark.com.