New Bern –The Craven Community College Foundation announces the Excellence in Individual Leadership Award and Excellence in Business Leadership Award winners of the 2014 Community Fabric Awards (CFA). The awards are given annually to an individual, business and educator who excel in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, impact of service and inspiration of others. The Community Fabric Awards recognize, reward and encourage activities that have a significant impact in meeting the needs of our local communities. The award winners will be recognized at the CFA awards luncheon on Tuesday, April 22, from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.
Nelson McDaniel is the recipient of the Excellence in Individual Leadership Award. McDaniel has served as president of the New Bern Historical Society since 2008. Many New Bernians have likely seen his local historical tours in person, including on the popular New Bern Historical Society Ghostwalk, or on public television. He often leads groups of local residents on tours abroad. He served as director of development for Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer. He has been an active member in committees and organizations, including New Bern 300th Committee (chair), New Bern Historical Society (board president), Craven Arts Council Board, Swiss Bear Board, Tryon Palace Council of Friends (now, Tryon Palace Foundation) (board president), Public Art Committee, Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer National Advisory Board, N.C. Center for International Understanding, Carolina East Medical Foundation Board, Hospice Campaign Chair, Carolina Chamber Music Festival Board, Kellenberger Foundation Board, and Christ Church 300th Committee (chair). Prior to returning back to his hometown of New Bern in 1996, McDaniel was a teacher at the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Global Teacher Award from The Center for International Understanding at the University of North Carolina. Much of McDaniel’s charitable work is focused on mentoring area youth.
Mitchell Hardware, led by owner and manager Greg Smith, is the recipient of the Excellence in Business Leadership Award. As one of the area’s oldest businesses, Mitchell Hardware has been a historic and popular downtown destination since 1898. Mitchell Hardware has continually answered numerous requests from community organizations for support. Mitchell Hardware has sponsored or supported causes such as Coastal Women’s Shelter’s annual “Operation Jammies” drive, the local Boy Scouts of America, The New Bern Fireman’s Museum, and has allowed nonprofits to advertise in their store windows. Smith is the consummate ambassador for downtown New Bern and has been a tireless advocate for its revitalization and its continued economic vitality. He chairs the Downtown Business Council, is an active member of the New Bern Chamber of Commerce, and has spearheaded community events such as the 300th anniversary parade.
Ward and Smith, P.A. returns as this year’s Presenting Sponsor. To date, Diamond sponsors include: News Channel 12, Moen, Sun Journal, and Beasley Broadcasting. Platinum sponsor is Weyerhaeuser. Gold sponsors include: CarolinaEast Health System; Dr. Catherine Chew and Mr. Howie Stier; Coastal Carolina Health Care, P.A.; Duke Energy Foundation; First Citizens Bank; David and Anna Hurst; Bill and Carole Kemp; Minges Bottling Group; Monte Printing; Bill and Patricia Naumann; Jerry and Jettie Pelletier; Public Radio East; Robinson and Stith; Segal Family Charities; and Buzzy and Carol Stubbs. Silver sponsors include: Mr. and Mrs. Tom Braaten; Century 21 Zaytoun Raines; Dr. and Mrs. John Cho; Craven County Independent Insurance Agents Association; Commissioner and Mrs. Scott Dacey; Chip Hughes for Sheriff 2014; Harry and Linda MacDonald; Carol and Bob Mattocks; New Bern Breakfast Rotary; The X Team Termite and Pest Control; Trent Cadillac Buick GMC; Wells Fargo Advisory; and Williams Scarborough Smith Gray, LLP.
For more information about the Community Fabric Awards and sponsorship opportunities, please go to www.cravencc.edu/foundation.
Craven Community College Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation. It was founded in 1977 to provide financial support to the college’s students and programs. The annual Community Fabric Awards is the premier fundraiser for the college’s Foundation. In support of the mission of Craven Community College, the Foundation offers the community a vehicle for providing financial assistance, promotes self-sufficiency by enabling students with financial needs, facilitates community access to the College’s resources, serves as an ambassador for the College to the general public, and enhances the College’s education goals. The Foundation board is chaired by board president Jennifer Dacey.
Founded in 1965, Craven Community College is part of the North Carolina Community College System. With campuses in New Bern and Havelock-Cherry Point, Craven serves about 3,200 curriculum students and more than 10,000 continuing education students each year. The college offers a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as college transfer courses, career and occupational offerings, partnerships with four-year universities, specialized workforce training options, developmental studies and basic skills classes. Craven Early College High School programs are available on both campuses. Craven is also home to Public Radio East, one of the few community colleges nationally with this distinction. For more information about the college, visit www.cravencc.edu.