USA Network, Suddenlink Honor Abilene Leader

Abilene, Texas community advocate and civic leader Petty Hunter was recognized at a hometown award ceremony last Friday as one of 10 national recipients of USA Network’s Characters Unite Awards in 2013. In partnership with Suddenlink, USA Network presented the award and a check for $5,000 to support Hunter’s community projects.

Hunter was recognized for displaying outstanding leadership in spearheading positive social change in the areas of education, civic duty, economic and community development and elder care.

Shown at the award ceremony are (left to right) Suddenlink Senior Director of Operations Jason Gebhart, Abilene Mayor Norm Archibald, Petty Hunter and NBCUniversal Director of Marketing Fred Haug. (Photo courtesy of Cooper Neill/USA Today)

Abilene Man Receives Characters Unite Award

USA Network and Suddenlink will honor Petty Hunter, Abilene, Texas, as a recipient of USA Network’s Characters Unite Award. The award recognizes those who have made extraordinary efforts in combating prejudice and discrimination while increasing tolerance and acceptance in their communities. Petty was among 10 winners selected from hundreds of nominees.

Petty serves as president of the local NAACP chapter, executive director of Neighborhoods in Progress, treasurer of Interested Citizens of Abilene North, board member of the Big Country Sports Hall of Fame, and in several other volunteer committee positions. He will receive a $5,000 grant for his work from Suddenlink and USA Network, which he said he will give to I-CAN’s Curtis House renovation project.