NEW BERN – The Craven Community College (Craven CC) Foundation announces recipients of the 9th annual Community Fabric Awards (CFA), an annual event that celebrates leadership excellence in the community. This year’s recipients are Steve Tyson for Individual Leadership, The Flame Catering & Event Center for Business Leadership and Kathryn Amerson for Leadership in Education.
The event was created by the Craven CC Foundation to showcase excellence in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, impact of service and inspiration of others. The recipients will be honored during the annual CFA Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the Havelock Tourist & Event Center.
“The 2019 CFA recipients truly demonstrate why the Foundation established this event,” said Craven CC Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Charles Wethington. “Although it was a difficult decision, the selection committee ultimately chose these recipients due to their remarkable service and support for this community.”
Tyson has lived in New Bern his entire life. Since concentrating on real estate brokerage in 2006, he has received multiple honors for exceptional sales volume. He has supported the community through diligent involvement in several local organizations. After Hurricane Florence, Tyson spent countless hours serving to direct critical help and support to hundreds of displaced families all across Craven County. He is currently a board member of the CarolinaEast Health System, Craven 100 Alliance Building Committee and the Craven County Disaster Recovery Alliance.
The award for business leadership will be presented to The Flame Catering & Banquet Center owner and executive chef James F. “Smoke” Boyd. The Flame opened in 1990 and has become well known across Eastern North Carolina. With over 30 years of experience in the catering, events and restaurant industries, Boyd provides exquisite culinary crafts and excellent customer service. His love and compassion for the community have made a tremendous impact on everyone he meets.
Amerson was selected for the leadership in education award for her teaching career at Craven Community College since 2000. In addition to teaching history and humanities, she is the faculty advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and the Study Abroad program. Amerson has dedicated her entire life to leadership through education, which she continually demonstrates through her exceptional guidance and devotion to her students. She is a role model for her peers and a beacon of inspiration for her students.
All three recipients will be honored during the 9th annual CFA Ceremony and Luncheon. Funds raised through event sponsorships and ticket purchases are used to support the Foundation’s programs, as well as equipment, facilities and emerging initiatives of the college. To date, the CFA events have netted over $350,000 in support of the Foundation’s mission.