Anne Creech, Dedicated to Community
It’s the beginning of September, the crowds are gathering along Third Street. Music can be heard in the distance. It’s time for the Annual Ayden Collard Festival Parade.
A dramatic courtroom scene is being played out by The Ayden Community Theatre (ACT). The actors are well rehearsed. The set is sparkling – It’s show time! Action!
On a crisp fall morning elementary and middle school kids, dressed in their “back to school best” fill the halls of Ayden’s public schools.
What do all of the above have in common? One woman has had her hand in all three – and much more! Anne Creech has dedicated much of her life to making Ayden a wonderful place to live. She had an active role in each Collard Festival from 1976 through 1993, serving as Chair in 1984, 1985, 1991 and 1992. She helped create and served on the first board of directors for Ayden Theatre Workshop (now Ayden Community Theatre) and served on the board of ACT from 2005 to 2013. Education is vital to any town. Throughout the early to mid 1970’s Anne was instrumental in bringing to Pitt County awareness and needed programs for students with learning disabilities. She helped organize and was active in Parent Organizations in both Ayden Elementary and Ayden Middle Schools. She worked tirelessly to convince the Board of Education and the Pitt County Commissioners to build the Ayden Middle School in Ayden.
Her dedication and hard work have not gone unnoticed. “She was such a tireless community servant that when she called to ask for help, you couldn’t say ‘no’ because you knew it was only a drop in the bucket of what she was contributing,” remembers Kevin Wiley who grew up in Ayden, now President of Wiley and Associates, a Public Relations Practice in the Triangle.
Anne continues to inspire and innovate. Currently, she serves on the Ayden Recreation Commission. This year’s Ayden Collard Festival Grand Marshal will be none other than Anne Creech!