WRES Sweet 16 Banquet Honoring John R. Hayes

John R. Hayes, President/CEO of the Empowerment Resource Center.

On Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the A-B Tech/Mission Health Conference Center, celebrate the 16th Anniversary of WRES 100.7 FM by honoring John R. Hayes for his many contributions to the community.

Proceeds will go to support the Empowerment Resource Center/WRES FM. Former Hillcrest High Steppers, Hillcrest Enrichment Program participants, and WBMU DJs are encouraged to attend. Tickets are $25 per person and are available for purchase at wresfm.com, or at the station, 91 Patton Ave.

The Empowerment Resource Center offers programming for youth in the community. WRES FM 100.7 was founded by John R. Hayes, Sophie Dixon, and the members of the Empowerment Resource Center. Their vision was a small but powerful radio station that could help heal and transform the community through music and information. WRES now reaches 65,000 listeners in Asheville.

Hayes is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, where he began his fight against the injustices that African Americans were faced with in his community and across the nation. Over the years, he has received many awards and recognitions for his accomplishments in his continuous work for civil rights and equality. He served 16 years as President of the Asheville Branch NAACP, and is currently President/CEO of the Empowerment Resource Center Asheville/Buncombe County, Inc. and WRES FM 100.7.

In 1977, one of John’s most noted living legacies was the creation, development, enhancement and growth of the renowned Hillcrest Enrichment Program. The program was created to build self-esteem and motivation, raise the academic and personal achievement levels of low-wealth children and families. The program was recognized as one of the nation’s best early intervention and prevention programs for families and communities.

John is an ordained Elder of the Churches of God in Christ. He is currently a member of the Sycamore Temple Church of God in Christ. His wife is Rebecca King Hayes and he is the father of 11 children and grandfather to 34 grandchildren.

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