Hillsborough Street Awards

Every year at the Live It Up! Hillsborough Street Annual Meeting, the organization honors the people and organizations who have helped move the district forward with their commitment to excellence. These individuals exhibit the best in customer service, performance, and lifetime commitment to the success of the Hillsborough Street Community. We also hand out awards at our biannual Learn It Up! events regarding merchant design. 

Hero Award 
The Hillsborough Street Hero Award recognizes a person or organization, who has made a major contribution to the overall success of the Hillsborough Street Community.

Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a business or organization within the Hillsborough Street District that has been established for a minumum of 10 years, contributes to the vitality of the District, demonstrates quality customer service, and goes above and beyond the duties of the establishment to promote the advancement of the District. 

City Employee of the Year
The City Employee of the Year Award recognizes a city employee or team that shows leadership within the City and partners with the Hillsborough Street District to continue make it a Raleigh destination. 

Ambassador of the Year
The Clean and Safe Ambassador of the Year Award recognizes the Ambassador that has shown outstanding performance on and off the street. The recipient of this award has shown an eagerness to perform his duties, demonstrated a consistent high level of customer service, and takes initiative in keeping Hillsborough Street clean and safe.

Merchant Design Award
The Merchant Design Award recognizes a district merchant for their attractive business design and enhancement of the visitor experience. Unlike the other awards, this is handed out biannually at our Learn It Up! events throughout the year.

2018 Annual Meeting Award Recipients

Charles Phaneuf
Raleigh Little Theatre

A native of Raleigh, Charles is the Executive Director of Raleigh Little Theatre, having returned to the area in 2012. He is a passionate advocate for the arts and a passionate advocate for the community, serving on the board for the Friends of the Gregg at NC State, the Dix Park Master Plan Advisory Committee and formerly serving on the Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation board as well as the first chair of our arts & culture committee.





Patti Gillenwater

Patti is the president and COP of Elinvar, an Executive Search and Leadership Development firm, celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. The firm is not only dedicated to finding top leaders for mission-driven organizations, but dedicated to making the community better through personal service and volunteer work with area non-profits and foundations.

Elinvar is located inside the historic Caveness House, which Patti both owns and calls home, making her a property owner, a business owner and a resident of the Hillsborough Street territory. She has painstakingly preserved the Caveness House inside and out, making it a true institution on our street.




Bynum Walter
Senior Planner, Raleigh Dept. of City Planning

A Raleigh native, Bynum is a senior planner within Raleigh’s Department of City Planning. She manages the rezoning process for the City of Raleigh and is chief champion of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. Recently, she was instrumental in the recent adoption of the Cameron Village and Hillsborough Street Area Plans as project manager. Before joining the City of Raleigh, she worked as a planner and project manager with Ayers Saint Gross Architects and Planners for college and university campus master plans. She is a Raleigh native who holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and English as well as a Masters Degree in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina.




Juan Hilliard
Clean & Safe Ambassador

Juan is our youngest ambassador and has been with us since 2016, celebrating his second anniversary on the team on April 20, 2018. He has a great, upbeat personality and a good heart, always working to make Hillsborough Street the cleanest and safest it can be. He is self-motivated and a hard worker, and we’re so thankful to have him working alongside us. 



2018 Merchant Design Award Recipients

The Remedy Diner
Fall 2018

The Remedy Diner was honored as our first recipient of the Merchant Design Award for their attractive business design and enhancement of the visitor experience. We thank them for being a positive addition to our community.

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