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May 16, 2008

Wilson County secures Hunt endowment

Hunt endowment signing
Pictured at the March endowment signing are: Front, from left,Michael Martin, Carolyn Hunt, Gov. James B. Hunt Jr., and Tanya Heath; back row, from left, Sharon Rowland, Dennis Vick, Pender Sharp, Marshall Stewart and Walter Earle. (Photo courtesy of Cooperative Extension in Wilson County)

Walter Earle, Wilson County Extension director, coordinated a fundraiser to endow the Governor James B. and Carolyn Hunt 4-H Scholarship Fund. A benefit concert was held in January at the Cultural Center in Wilson. The endowment will fund college scholarships.

Betty McCain was mistress of ceremonies for the concert, which featured the Wells Family Band and local 4-H talent. Governor Hunt attended the event and was honored. The past recipients of the scholarship were also present and received recognition. There were two signature sponsors, Time Warner Cable and Bridgestone Firestone, along with other sponsorship levels supported by local businesses and individuals.

As a result of the efforts by the Wilson County Extension staff, a $34,000 4-H Scholarship Endowment for the Governor James B. and Carolyn Hunt 4-H Scholarship Fund was signed at the Wilson County 4-H Livestock Show and Sale on March 27. Participating in the endowment signing were Gov. and Mrs. Hunt, Walter Earle, Tanya Heath, 4-H agent; Michael Martin, executive director of the N.C. 4-H Development Fund; Sharon Rowland, executive director of development for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service; Marshall Stewart, N.C. 4-H program leader; Pender Sharp, chairman of the Gov. Hunt Scholarship fund-raising committee; and Dennis Vick, president of the Wilson County Livestock Association.

Posted by Natalie at May 16, 2008 08:44 AM