By Craig Ramey, Craven Community College director of communications
Nominations are now being accepted for the 8th annual Community Fabric Awards, which honors community leadership and involvement in Eastern North Carolina. The Craven Community College Foundation hosts the Community Fabric Awards to honor an individual, a business and an educator for significant leadership and contributions to the community.
“It is such an honor to be involved with the Community Fabric Awards,” said Lloyd Griffith, president of the Craven Community College Foundation. “In just a few short years, these awards have developed into one of the most prestigious honors a person can attain in our community.”
Previous individual winners include Dr. Jim Congleton, New Bern Alderman Sabrina Bengel, Nelson Bell McDaniel, Gen. Tom Braaten USMC (Ret.), David L. Ward, Jr. and Robert L. “Bob” Mattocks. Business winners include Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines, The UPS Store, A Dog’s Dream, Mitchell Hardware, Moen, CarolinaEast Health System and Minges Bottling Group, Inc.-Pepsi. Previous educators to receive the award include David Wang, Dr. Shelly Hines-Brooks; Jessica Cofield, Jeffrey Brown, Jessica Saxon and Dr. Donald Carpenetti and Dr. Bruce Waugh.
Nominations for 2018 are now being accepted for all three awards (individual, business, and educator). Criteria and online nomination forms are available at www.cravencc.edu/foundation. Nominations opened Monday, Jan. 11, 2018 and will close at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Recipients are selected by anonymous and independent committees.
The application process has been simplified for the 2018 awards. Individuals hoping to nominate a member of the community will have access to webforms that can be saved and accessed through the nomination deadline date.
“By streamlining the application process, we hope to increase the number of nominations,” said Griffith. “These awards represent the fabric of our community and to achieve that goal, we need to ensure that a true representation of our community is presented to the nomination committees.”
Funds raised through event sponsorships and tickets are used to support the Craven Community College Foundation’s programs, as well as equipment, facilities and emerging initiatives of Craven Community College. The event creates awareness of and support for Craven Community College and showcase students and their accomplishments. To date, the Community Fabric Awards events have netted more than $265,000 in support of the Foundation’s mission.
“The Community Fabric Awards have a ripple effect that measures far beyond one single event,” said Charles Wethington, Craven Community College executive director of institutional advancement. “This event helps the Foundation fulfill our mission of supporting students to reach their career goals and dreams. That’s an impact that changes lives forever.”
The Community Fabric Awards were created by the Craven Community College Foundation to celebrate and showcase exceptional leadership in the community. For 40 years, the Craven Community College Foundation has supported the vision of higher education for the residents of Craven County and beyond. Established in 1977, the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial support to students through scholarships and funding for programs, equipment, new and emerging initiatives, facilities and other priorities on the New Bern and Havelock campuses.
The 8th annual Community Fabric Awards will be held Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. The event begins at noon and individual tickets go on sale Monday, March 19. For more about the Community Fabric Awards, call 252-638-7351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.