Charlotte Hornets, Goodwill announced as Jerry Awards winners

The Charlotte Regional Partnership on Monday named the Charlotte Hornets and Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont winners of the group’s annual Jerry Awards.

The CRP praised both organizations for their community service and work boosting the region’s image.

“Team owner Michael Jordan has committed significant energy and capital to bringing the Hornets brand back to Charlotte, where it belongs,” the CRP said in a news release. The group said Goodwill’s job training “helps create productive members of our community.”

The awards are named for two well-known Jerrys from Charlotte: Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and former Charlotte Douglas International Airport aviation director Jerry Orr, who were also the first recipients.

The Jerry Awards ceremony is planned for March 31 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Past winners have included Time Warner Cable, the Electric Power Research Institute, Siemens Energy, US Airways and the technical training program Apprenticeship 2000.