SoCon honors Stanberrys for their contributions to WCU

Strong supporters of the Western Carolina University athletics program, Jackson County business owners Kevin Stanberry ’94 and Lynn Stanberry ’99 are among 12 recipients of the Southern Conference’s 2011 Distinguished Service Award presented earlier this year at the SoCon Honors Dinner in Charleston, S.C.

The husband and wife have been members of the Catamount Club since 1998.

A two-time member of the Catamount Club Board of Directors, Kevin Stanberry is co-owner of Stanberry Insurance and a member of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. He has been an ambassador for WCU in the local community and has been involved in numerous membership initiatives that have resulted in record-breaking annual fundraising in support of the Catamount athletics program.

As owner/operator of O’Malley’s of Sylva, Lynn Stanberry has been the driving force behind the Purple Zone pregame donor reception, which has been integral to doubling membership in the Catamount Club since June 2009. O’Malley’s also has served as the host site of the Catamount coaches’ luncheons over the past two years.

The Distinguished Service Award program was started in 2002 as a way for the Southern Conference to recognize those individuals from its member institutions who have contributed to all aspects of the university.