Craven Community College (CCC) Foundation is seeking nominations for its seventh annual Community Fabric Awards (CFA). The CFA program is the Foundation’s annual fundraising event that recognizes an individual, business and educator who has demonstrated outstanding initiative, impact of service and inspiration of others throughout Craven County.
The online nomination forms, along with criteria and instructions, are available on the college’s website at www.CravenCC.edu/cfa until Monday, February 13 at Noon.
The CCC Foundation made a significant change to its awards this year by opening the educator leadership category to all educators in the county. Previously, the Community Fabric Award for Excellence in Education Leadership award winner was a CCC full-time faculty member who was selected by college staff. The CCC Foundation is now seeking to recognize any individual who has made significant impact in the community as an educator.
“The annual Community Fabric Awards is a great showcase of some of the individual, business and educator leaders in Craven County,” said Charles Wethington, executive director of CCC Foundation. Wethington was previously involved with the CFAs as the general manager of Public Radio East, which has been a sponsor since the inception of the CFA.
Wethington said, “If someone knows of a deserving nominee, don’t wait to nominate them or think that someone else will.” He also said that the confidential committee makes their objective, independent selection based solely on their evaluation of the submitted nomination packets. Wethington invites anyone to contact the Foundation if they have questions about the nomination process.
The three winners will be celebrated during the annual CFA luncheon on Tuesday, April 18, at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Immediate past award recipients were Mrs. Linda Staunch, winner of the Community Fabric Award for Individual Leadership; The UPS Store (Owned by Mrs. Pat Drake and Mr. Mack Paul), winner of the Community Fabric Award for Business Leadership; and Dr. Shelly Hines (CCC Spanish instructor), winner of the Community Fabric Award for Leadership in Education.
Wethington said the CFA event raises money to benefit CCC students through scholarships and other Foundation initiatives, such as purchasing needed equipment, supporting faculty development and supporting student engagement. The annual CFA fundraiser has generated net proceeds of more than $200,000 since its debut in 2011.
Ward and Smith, P.A. will be the presenting sponsor for the fifth consecutive year, and has sponsored the fundraiser since it began. The Foundation is currently seeking additional sponsors to achieve its goal of raising $55,000 in net proceeds.
In its 40th year, the Foundation was formed in 1977 and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. It has a volunteer board led by Lloyd Griffith, board president.
Individuals or businesses whose leadership is currently serving on the Foundation board or the college’s Board of Trustees are not eligible to receive this award. Only one award will be presented in each category.
For more information about the CFA program, contact the Foundation at (252) 638-7351 or visit the college’s site at www.CravenCC.edu/cfa.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.