According to a famous saying, “Nothing unimportant ever happens at The Plaza,” and that was true of the Wake Will event at The Plaza Hotel.
William Sinclair (’07), co-chair of the New York Region Committee, welcomed and updated the crowd on the progress of the campaign – in both total and local achievement.
Dr. Hatch addressed the crowd about the role that innovation and personally invested scholarship have had in Wake Forest’s growth from a regional college to Top-30 national university over the past few decades. Because of Wake Will’s success to date and its future ambition, this tradition will continue, he said, because the University will be both radically traditional and radically innovative.
Matt Williams (’09, MA ’16) of the Office of Personal and Career Development then led a compelling panel discussion on a variety of topics. Football coach Dave Clawson told the audience that Pro Humanitate ideals compel and direct leadership within the program, and he said innovation within Wake Forest football is manifested, among other ways, in the McCreary-Sutton Challenge, a facilities initiative of Wake Will. Hof Milam (’76, MBA ’91, P ’00, P ’01, P ’04), Executive Vice President for finance and administration, explained the University’s endowment standing and the importance of closing the endowment gap between Wake Forest and peer institutions.
Mit Shah (’91), a Wake Forest Trustee and the chair of the Athletics Committee for Wake Will, welcomed and updated the audience on the progress of the campaign. He reported that Atlanta benefactors have been responsible for more than $11 million in total commitments to the campaign.
Dr. Hatch addressed the crowd about the role that innovation and personally invested scholarship have had in Wake Forest’s growth from a regional college to Top-30 national university over the past few decades. Because of Wake Will’s success to date and its future ambition, this tradition will continue, he said.
Matt Williams (’09, MA ’16) of the Office of Personal and Career Development then led a compelling panel discussion on a variety of topics. Men’s basketball coach Danny Manning told the audience that Pro Humanitate ideals compel and direct leadership within the basketball program, and he said innovation within Wake Forest basketball is manifested, among other ways, in the players’ groundbreaking use of wearable technology, which will ultimately help improve athlete fitness, safety and health. Coach Manning also expounded on the McCreary-Sutton Challenge, a campaign initiative for facilities improvement.
The event at the museum dedicated to the work and history of the American news media made some news of its own when it attracted the largest crowd for a Wake Forest campaign event in the Washington region. Washington Wake Will co-chair Bobby Burchfield (’76) updated the attendees on the campaign’s general and regionally specific progress before introducing distinguished alumnus, U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (’80) of Maryland.
Before representing Maryland’s Fourth District in Congress, Edwards worked on projects as diverse as NASA’s Spacelab and philanthropy on behalf of victims of domestic violence. In the House of Representatives, she has maintained advocacy on those issues while spearheading legislation to hold insurance companies accountable for unjustified rate increases, among other initiatives.
Dr. Hatch addressed the crowd about the role that innovation and personally invested scholarship have had in Wake Forest’s growth from a regional college to Top-30 national university over the past few decades. Because of Wake Will’s success to date and its future ambition, this tradition will continue, he said.
Matt Williams (’09, MA ’16) of the Office of Personal and Career Development then led a compelling panel discussion on a variety of topics. Mary Tribble (’82) enumerated the five ways in which the Pro Humanitate spirit can serve as a catalyst for transformational student experiences. Provost Rogan Kersh (’86) addressed how Wake Forest educates the whole person, and he touched on exciting initiatives planned for the next few years. Andy Chan, Vice President for personal and career development, told the Washington audience that Wake Forest will protect its outstanding reputation for liberal arts education while pushing the boundaries of those disciplines into new but responsible territory. He also described how OPCD’s work is preparing today’s students for working lives that may include several changes in both job title and professional sector.
San Diego Wake Foresters spent an elegant evening at the Hotel Del Mar. Dr. Hatch shared his vision and recognized three Pro Humanitate Honorees.
Faye (’62, P ’95, P ’96) and Bill (’61, P ’95, P ’96) Strum were born in North Carolina and attended Wake Forest, but they have lived in Southern California for more than 40 years. Bill is a successful gastroenterologist at Scripps, and Faye is a retired educational consultant with the San Diego schools. Both of them are active community volunteers.
As students, the Strums’ love for Wake Forest went deep, and even when they came to the West Coast, they stayed connected to the University. Faye and Bill deserve much credit for the strong Wake Forest presence in the Southern California area. They served for years as presidents of the local club and as alumni-in-admissions volunteers.
For decades, they have sent us family members who have become leaders and supporters of Wake Forest. That list includes their two children, Allen (’95) and Mary Elizabeth (’96), and son-in-law, Patrick Fleming (’96). Faye and Bill say they expect their two grandsons to keep the tradition going. In the spirit of creating opportunity, the Strums recently established the Strum Family Scholarship Fund to provide financial assistance to students who desire to attend Wake Forest.
Wake Forest is extremely blessed to have Faye and Bill as longtime representatives in Southern California. Their enthusiasm for the University and their dedication to supporting Wake Forest families in the west is truly admirable.
Next, Dr. Hatch recognized Ed Reynolds (’64), one of the most important and respected people in Wake Forest history. Reynolds went on to earn a master’s degree at Ohio University, another at Yale Divinity School and a Ph.D. in African history at the University of London. In 1971, he became a professor at the University of California-San Diego, where he remains an honored presence.
As a student in Ghana from a well-educated family, Ed’s dream was to attend the University of Edinburgh. But instead, he came to Wake Forest for something more than an education. He came as Wake Forest’s first black student because, he said, he “thought it would be very nice to have a part in bringing down the racial barriers in a major American university.” He planned only to be himself – a young man and a student – and not an activist. But in being himself, he advanced the cause of integration at Wake Forest and other Southern universities.
“The whole racial integration issue was something that appealed to me – in terms of justice, equality and fairness,” Reynolds said. “One could go into a challenging situation and try to make a difference.”
Reynolds truly made a difference for hundreds of students at Wake Forest, and for thousands in the Southern United States.
University Trustee, California Campaign Committee member and Wake Will Campaign CORE Committee member Kathy Wright (P ’10, P ’12) finished off the evening sharing how Wake Forest has become a second family to her daughters and how the faculty and mentors have contributed greatly to their success. Wright asked the audience to make the University’s future even more successful by supporting Wake Will.
One of the largest Wake Forest gatherings ever held in California took place at the launch in San Francisco at the de Young Museum. Dr. Hatch shared his vision for the campaign and recognized three Pro Humanitate honorees: Rebecca Arora (’98), Lydia Harter (’08) and Ali Price (’08).
Finding her life in the high-tech industry unfulfilling, Arora began schooling herself in martial arts, Zen, and volunteer work. She founded and was executive director of Youth Mentor Network. She created programs designed to support low-income high school students by providing them with an adult mentor and scholarships for college. Rebecca recruited and trained all mentors, worked with parents and students and served as the administrator of the non-profit.
Not done creating, Arora founded Align the Self, a coaching program that focuses on the whole person. As a facilitator and coach, she draws upon her experience with leadership, business and technology, Silicon Valley startups, martial arts, body therapy, meditation, yoga and Zen.
She is also a co-founder of Mode Media Corp, in which she created and launched a wellbeing program for the employees. Through her work, she helps individuals increase their self-awareness and confidence, decrease anxiety and improve communication and teamwork.
She is a great example of someone who has found a passion and is using it to help others.
When Harter and Price were at Wake Forest, they were good students and volunteered within the community. They also challenged their imaginations and developed their entrepreneurial skills. Both live and work in San Francisco, but outside of their workday, they have created Lydali, an online store that features a stunning collection of products made from artisans around the globe. Harter and Price believe that talent is universal, but opportunity isn’t. So they have created a new way of shopping by connecting consumers with the people who make their products. They believe thoughtful consumption and ethical sourcing can help lift people out of the cycle of poverty.
Through their business, Harter and Price want to empower consumers to change the way our global economy works in order to offer opportunity to craftspeople all over the world. Their entrepreneurial vision allows people to be introduced to the talent of craftsmen all over the world.
California Committee Chair and Trustee Jocelyn Burton (’80) closed the evening and shared her own personal story on why she supports the campaign and encouraged others to do the same.
Wake Foresters in Charlotte continued the Wake Will conversation at the Booth Playhouse in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and Founders Hall.
Charlotte Campaign Committee Chair Eric Eubank (’86, P ’15) touted Wake Will’s success and was followed by Charlotte Campaign Co-Chair John Chinuntdet (’88, P ’17), who explained what this success means to Charlotte. President Hatch then shared how the campaign has made a difference in the lives of students and the work of faculty members.
In the subsequent and entertaining roundtable discussion, moderator Matt Williams (’09, MA ’16) of the Office of Personal and Career Development led a dynamic group that explored the intersection of tradition and innovation with tremendous results. The panel included Athletics Director Ron Wellman, Vice President for Career Development Andy Chan and Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies Mary Tribble (’82).
Jim Otteson, Executive Director for the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism, followed with information about his research. The evening closed with inspiring words from a student and campaign committee member, John Scott (’15).
Jenny Puckett (’71, P ’00) delighted the crowd at The River Club with her compelling story of Wake Forest’s history, and President Hatch shared his vision for the campaign.
Nikolai Vitti (’00, MAED ’01) was honored as the Pro Humanitate honoree. In the 14 years since Vitti left Wake Forest – with an undergraduate degree in history and a master’s degree in education – Vitti earned graduate and doctorate degrees from Harvard; taught at a 4,000-student high school in the Bronx; served as principal of a middle school in Homestead, Fla.; and has held high-level positions in the Florida Department of Education, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and now as superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, one of the nation’s largest districts.
In that role, he has shifted money and employees from administrative offices to schools, hired art and music teachers, reduced student testing, increased teacher training and expanded summer and pre-kindergarten programs.
Throughout his career as a transformational leader, he has focused on strengthening low-performing schools, being accessible and honest with teachers and developing the whole child.
Jenny Puckett (’71, P ’00) delighted the crowd at the Epicurean Hotel with her compelling story of Wake Forest’s history, and President Hatch shared his vision for the campaign.
Dr. Hatch recognized Helen Hough Feinberg (’84, P ’14) as the evening’s Pro Humanitate honoree for her dedication to affordable housing, higher education and several other causes.
Hough Feinberg began her career at William R. Hough & Co., a family-owned investment firm led by her father. When RBC Dain Rauscher purchased the company, she remained as an executive. Feinberg currently serves as managing director within the Housing Finance Group. She specializes in single family and multifamily finance, involving governmental agencies and developers and serves as manager of the firm’s Florida municipal finance office.
In 2003, then-Governor Jeb Bush appointed Feinberg to serve as chair of the Affordable Housing Study Commission. She has served as a member of Fannie Mae’s National Advisory Council and is currently an advisory council member of the Florida Housing Coalition.
She and her family formed the Hough Family Foundation and are active supporters of the arts, culture and education. Their unmatched dedication to giving back is an inspiration to their entire community. In 2012, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg honored the family for its civic leadership. Feinberg and her husband, David, are founding partners of the Wake Forest Office of Personal and Career Development, and served on the Parents’ Council while their daughter, Alexandra (’14), was a student. Feinberg continues to serve Wake Forest as a member of the College Board of Visitors.
Jenny Puckett (’71, P ’00) delighted the crowd at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts with her compelling story of Wake Forest’s history, and President Hatch shared his vision for the campaign.
John Garippa (’04) was recognized as the Pro Humanitate honoree for his role in connecting people in his community to one another. After he graduated, Garippa was a rare book dealer. He received his master’s degree at Knox Theological Seminary and pursued a career in the ministry.
He just finished serving as the pastor of discipleship at First Baptist Fort Lauderdale, a church that welcomes people from more than 70 nations. In his role within this global community, John helped people genuinely connect with one another.
In February, he launched a brand new church in downtown Fort Lauderdale dedicated to redefining the church experience. John also works with his parents at the Garippa Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people grow in their faith and character.
In Chicago, Dr. Hatch honored Desmond Clark (’00) and the legacy of Brian Piccolo (’65, P ’87, P ’89) at Wake Forest.
Clark enjoyed a long and successful NFL career in which he amassed 323 catches, 3,591 yards and 27 touchdowns in 162 games, but his story transcends the playing field. In and around his hometown of Lakeland, Fla., he has conducted motivational and inspirational football clinics, donated equipment, reached out to several community organizations and created a new initiative that cultivates social, literacy and leadership skills through peer mentoring.
Dr. Hatch then shared the story of Brian Piccolo, perhaps the most prominent example of the Wake Forest-Chicago connection. From under-recruited prospect in high school to the nation’s leading collegiate rusher as a senior in 1964 and from undrafted player to NFL starter, Piccolo exemplified resilience on the field. More importantly, he battled cancer with considerable courage that ultimately inspired annual philanthropic ventures at his alma mater.
Since its creation in 1980, the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund, the brainchild and work of students, has raised $1.7 million for the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center through events such as Hit The Bricks and Wake ’N Shake.
Chicago Campaign Committee Chair Terry Athas ('77) closed the program with a fun and compelling message encouraging Chicago and Wake Foresters to take up his Wake Will mantle. Terry was joined at the event by his wife Suzan and their four children Dean, Erin, Lauren and Shanna.
Wake Foresters in Philadelphia celebrated the launch of Wake Will at the Franklin Institute. More than 200 guests filled these record-breaking events. Jenny Puckett wowed audiences with her reflection on the history of philanthropy at Wake Forest, and Dr. Hatch shared his vision and introduced the Pro Humanitate honorees at each event.
In Philadelphia, those honorees were James Mackie (’60) and Bill Zandi (’14).
Mackie, who grew up in the town of Wake Forest and has worked with the museum and birthplace to help preserve our history, has also been a dedicated servant of his current home area of Philadelphia. He has chaired a successful fund-raiser aimed at eradicating polio; tutored children; helped re-open libraries; and hosted incoming Wake Forest freshmen and their parents at an annual picnic in his home.
Zandi is president of a nonprofit organization, Helping Hands Philadelphia, that seeks to improve economic and educational circumstances for residents of areas experiencing gentrification. Bill and his team identify vacant and blighted properties and rehabilitate them into market-rate, affordable housing. The revenue from the sale of these homes is used to establish and execute community initiatives in the rehabilitated areas.
Outside of work, Bill continues to direct Students Helping Students, an organization he initiated as a high school freshman in 2005 and developed into a fully accredited nonprofit while a student at Wake Forest. The mission of Students Helping Students is to reallocate gently used educational supplies – including furnishings, books and other classroom materials – to schools in need. So far, Students Helping Students has donated supplies to more than 50 schools in four states.
Trustee and Philadelphia Campaign Chair Mike Selverian (P ’13, P ’16, P ‘19) concluded the evening by sharing why he and his wife, Susan (P ’13, P ’16, P ‘19), have become so involved with Wake Forest as parents. He said they were impressed with Dr. Hatch's leadership, values and agenda, and they wanted to help him advance his objectives for our future Wake Foresters.
More than 200 guests attended the largest Wake Forest gathering ever held in Boston. Sam Gladding (’67, MAED ’71, P ’07, ’09 ’14) reflected on how administrators, faculty and staff create a place for students to not only succeed academically, but to be inspired to serve their community and to make the world a better place. An example of a student who made a difference was Chip Rives (’87, MBA ’89). Rives and Margaret Williams DeCelles (’74, P ’13) were introduced as the Pro Humanitate honorees for the evening.
Chip Rives started Santa’s Helpers. This program, which provides children in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County with Christmas gifts, is in its 29th year. For his efforts, Sports Illustrated named Chip one of the Sportsmen of the Year in 1987.
For more than 30 years, Williams DeCelles has enjoyed a career in the field of publishing and has volunteered for various organizations. She is the past president and current Advisor of Project STEP – String Training and Educational Program. This program recognizes that certain racial and ethnic minorities are underrepresented in classical music.
Williams DeCelles has also spent the last 14 years as a Hospice volunteer. For half of that time, she has been the After-Hours Vigil Coordinator, arranging volunteer support and a comforting presence for patients in the final days of life.
Boston Campaign Committee Chair John Cooper (‘72, MA’73) finished off the evening with an inspiring toast and call to action.
The Wake Will Raleigh Launch thrilled a crowd that gathered at a place with impressive Wake Forest ties, the North Carolina Museum of Art. The museum came into being after successful fundraising spearheaded by Robert Lee Humber, a 1918 Wake Forest graduate and the third Rhodes Scholar in our history.
Sarah Millsaps (’16), a sophomore and a member of the student campaign committee, explained the importance of Wake Will on her education and passed the baton to Debbie Lambert (’78, P ’13), co-chair of the Raleigh organizing committee. Jenny Puckett (’71, P ’00) reprised her well received history of philanthropy at Wake Forest and gave the floor to President Nathan O. Hatch, who introduced the evening’s impressive Pro Humanitate honorees.
Doug McMillan (’73, P ’13) and Mary Nash Rusher (’80, P ’12) were recognized for their leadership of the YMCA of the Triangle, which reaches 125,000 people of all ages and backgrounds and which has earned especially high acclaim for a summer program that serves 1,400 children every day during the summer. Camp High Hopes, as the program is known, operates on five sites, one of which is the Old Campus in Wake Forest.
Dr. Allan Acton (’94) has raised $65,000 through his Cary dental practice for Smiles For Life, a national charity that serves local children’s organizations. He and his 24 employees have also donated $150,000 in free dental care to their local community over the three-year history of Dentistry From The Heart.
Kimberly Boatwright Shirley (’85) chairs the Board of Directors of Hearts and Hands for Haiti, which, among other ventures, operates an orphan’s home and a home for women seeking education and/or employment. Closer to home, she serves on the board of the Green Chair Project, a nonprofit that helps the recently homeless or displaced in equipping their new residences.
In all, 431 friends and alumni converged on the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center to hear President Hatch, Provost Kersh and Trustee Bobby Burchfield discuss the campaign and the University’s historical growth with help from Jenny Puckett.
Among the evening’s dignitaries were two of Mr. Burchfield’s colleagues on the Board of Trustees, Al Hunt (‘65) and Donna Boswell (’72, MA ’74); Congresswoman Donna Edwards (’80) of Maryland; U.S. Senator Richard Burr (’78) of North Carolina; U.S. Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina; and Jacqueline Sutherland (’14), the current Wake Forest student government president.
Mr. Burchfield announced the local campaign committee’s intent to raise $30 million for Wake Will.
“As President Hatch has said, we need investments in student aid, faculty and facilities to fulfill our mission,” he said. “We are asking you to invest in a winner. Invest in Wake Forest.”
The evening’s Pro Humanitate honorees were Catharine McNally (’06), who overcame a hearing impairment to graduate from Wake Forest and develop a jumobile application that helps those with disabilities to enjoy tours of museums, colleges, national monuments and other public venues; Col. John “Jay” Waters (’87), who oversees Arlington National Cemetery and 39 other military burial sites; and Brig. Gen. Evelyn Patricia “Pat” Foote (’52), the first woman to command an Army brigade in Europe and a developer of the World War II Memorial.
Campaign leaders: Mit Shah ('91); Michelle ('83, P '15, '17) and Jeff (P '15, '17) Neville; Evelyn (P '11, '12,) and David (P '11, '12,) Curtis; Davis Jackson ('93), and Trustee Janice Story ('75).
For one night, the eclectic Woodruff Arts Center was distinctly Old Gold and Black as 240 guests attended. Taylor Anne Adams and Jenny Puckett reprised their contributions from the evening in Charlotte, and Mit Shah, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, announced the Atlanta committee's intent to raise $18 million for Wake Will.
"Many of you invest generously in meaningful work," Mr. Shah said. "Tonight we call on you to invest as well in the extraordinary young people who come to Wake Forest University, and like many of you, devote themselves to leading lives that matter."
The program also honored the Pro Humanitate achievements of four distinguished alumni: Tom Cook ('95), who created an organization that helps people recently released from prison in their reintegration to society; Andrew Snorton ('93), who works with nonprofits dedicated to leadership development and college scholarship assistance; Andy Piazza ('91), who took up triathlons in honor of his sister and is this year's chair of Atlanta's Race for the Cure to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; and Greg Aikens ('06), who despite being blind, graduated from Wake Forest, earned the National Achievement Award from Learning Ally, a nonprofit dedicated to helping dyslexic students' educational and personal growth, and has dedicated his career to educating visually impaired students.
“Thanks for a great evening. Great presentation. We appreciate being invited.“
-- Chris ('68) and Gail Marshall, Atlanta, GA
Campaign leaders: Jack Lowden ('79, MBA '82, P '11, '14, '15); Will Sinclair ('07).
Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall was the site as 327 guests made it out on that snowy night. They heard from Vice President Andy Chan; Provost Rogan Kersh ('86); and Trustee and local committee chair Jack Lowden ('79, MBA '82, P '11, '14, '15). All three stressed a commitment to the Wake Foresters who will ultimately benefit from the campaign and to the quality of the experience they will enjoy.
They also heard remarks from Dr. Hatch and saw an entertaining, fast-paced, one-minute video that explained Wake Will's place in the University's history of bold, decisive and ultimately productive action.
“It is now up to us, all stakeholders in Wake Forest – alumni, parents and friends – to accept the responsibility of investing in the future of our beloved University and the next generation of leaders,” Mr. Lowden said.
Campaign leaders: Eric Eubank ('86, P '15); Joanne Beam ('84).
The Bank of America Auditorium and the Charlotte Urban Garden hosted 480 alumni and friends as Dr. Hatch addressed Wake Will's commitment to educating the whole person.
“A Wake Forest education was never intended to be confined by the four walls of a classroom,” he said.
Student campaign committee chair Taylor Anne Adams ('14) explained the holistic value of her education, and retired professor Jenny Puckett ('71, P ‘00) shared Wake Forest's history of overcoming challenges from the 1880s to the present. Her presentation brought to life the stories of people whose resolve, vision, courage and leadership sustained and transformed the institution.
Four alumni were specifically honored for the community service they render in the spirit of Pro Humanitate: Libby Bell ('93), co-founder of Project Pumpkin, which has brought hundreds of local schoolchildren to campus every October for 20 years; Leslie ('91) and Phillips ('93) Bragg, who steered and spurred fundraising that built a school in war-ravaged South Sudan; Tommy Norman ('66), creator of a nonprofit helping Charlotte-area veterans return to civilian life; and Porter Byrum (JD '42), one of the most generous benefactors in Wake Forest history. One honoree lauded another when Jessica Bell (JD '05) contextualized the legacy of Mr. Byrum, who built a practice in commercial real estate and development with core values that prioritized compassion.
Campaign leader: Mike Queen ('68, P '94)
Taylor Anne Adams ('14) welcomed friends from Wake Forest to the Wilmington event at Cape Fear Country Club in December. Mike Queen then told the story of Wake Forest alumnus John Lamb Pritchard, a pastor who served in Wilmington at the close of the Civil War and during the Yellow Fever epidemic.
President Hatch outlined his vision and honored three of Wake Forest's finest. Dawn Hodges ('87) is the director of the Hill School of Wilmington, a school that empowers children who have learning differences with the skills needed to become confident, independent learners.
Jim Jones ('55, MD '59) is a national crusader for family medicine. His passionate advocacy helps deliver medical care to poor and rural communities. He founded the family medicine program at East Carolina University and served as president of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Chief District Court Judge J Corpening ('76, JD '79) hears cases related to family and juvenile issues, but his activities outside the courtroom reaffirm his commitment to strengthen children and families. He is involved in the New Hanover County Partnership for Fatherhood, teaches law-related courses at UNC-Chapel Hill and writes original mock trials used to educate thousands of students.
Campaign leader: Lou Bissette ('65, P '94, P '97)
In the mountains of Asheville, Wake Foresters gathered at Biltmore Forest Country Club to celebrate the largest fundraising effort in the history of the University. Provost Rogan Kersh ('86) told the story of the Earnshaws, a much-beloved Wake Forest staff couple. E.B. Earnshaw was the University Bursar and his wife, Edith, worked in accounting. They bequeathed their entire estate to Wake Forest. They calculated that their gift would reimburse the school “for the total amount of our salaries, thus making our work with the College over the years, truly a labor of love.”
President Hatch honored Wilma Sherrill ('62) and Fred Bahnson for the work they do in Asheville. Wilma Sherrill has been instrumental in Asheville and throughout the state as a state legislator, community advocate and leader. Fred Bahnson, director of the School of Divinity's Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative, focuses on food justice and sustainable agriculture. He and his students are partnering with local food and hunger organizations in Asheville.
Lou Bissette ended the evening with a charge to the guests.
Campaign leaders: Celeste M. Pittman ('67, P '97, P '00) and William B. Pittman (P '97, P '00)
Alumni, parents and friends from Eastern North Carolina gathered at Benvenue Country Club to celebrate the public launch of Wake Will. Wake Forest historian and retired professor Jenny Puckett ('71, P '00) told the story of James Purefoy, a key figure in Wake Forest's history.
After delivering the vision of the campaign, President Hatch honored several in the greater Rocky Mount area for the good work they have done within their community.
Betty Anne Whisnant ('68, P '94), a retired social worker, serves with United Community Ministries, a non-profit organization committed to addressing the needs of the homeless in Nash and Edgecombe counties.
Elizabeth Edwards ('93) coordinates the work of Gatekeepers Workcamp, a partnership between Rocky Mount churches that encourages students to provide free home repairs to homeowners unable to maintain their houses due to financial or physical limitations.
Norma Turnage accepted recognition for her late husband, Fred Turnage ('58, JD '61). Fred was an attorney and a nine-term mayor of Rocky Mount. He navigated his community for 34 years including the recovery efforts after the devastating Hurricane Floyd. He also was instrumental in confronting the complex issues of poverty and race relations.