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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2016)– To help celebrate Martin Luther King Day, U.S. Cellular and The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Buncombe County in Asheville are kicking off the first annual Black History Month Art Contest, which honors the many contributions of African-Americans and encourages young people to learn more about these current and historic influencers.

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Buncombe County members are encouraged to research and learn more about African-American role models and their important contributions to society. They are then invited to create and submit an original 8.5 x 11 portrait representing the figure of their choice using any art medium from any point in history, including present day.

"We are looking forward to seeing the great art projects from the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Buncombe County members. The level of creativity and talent I am sure will be amazing," said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in western North Carolina. "U.S. Cellular's commitment to education gives us the opportunity to partner with organizations here in Asheville and across the country. This contest showcases the creativity and talents of our kids as they honor African-American leaders while celebrating our rich history of diversity."

The top 10 finalists' entries will be chosen by a panel from The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Buncombe County and then displayed at local U.S. Cellular stores. The public is invited to view and vote on the artwork from February 1 to 29, and the top three artists - as determined by the number of votes - will receive prizes:

  • $150 for 3rd Place
  • $200 for 2nd Place
  • $500 for 1st Place

"Our youth are excited about the contest, and I am sure will learn something new as they are researching," said Jessica Stavish, director of operations for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Buncombe County. "You never know which project may inspire and have a life-long impact on one of our members."

To vote starting February 1 visit the U.S. Cellular Buncombe County locations at:

1043 Patton Ave.
Asheville, N.C.

300 Airport Road
Arden, N.C.

7 Northridge Commons Parkway
Weaverville, N.C.

For more information about the creation of the submissions or to see the children's creative artwork in process contact the club at:

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Buncombe County
750 Haywood Road
Asheville, N.C.

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For more information, contact:
Melissa McIntyre
Public Relations Counsel
Office: 828-777-0193

Iman Jefferson-Riedel
Media Relations, U.S. Cellular
Office: 773-355-3737