A record crowd of almost 1,000 community members gathered at the Benton Convention Center on May 2 for the 2012 Community Luncheon. John W. Burress, III was announced as the recipient of the 2012 Winston-Salem Foundation Award, as well as 2012 ECHO Award recipients Adventure Sail, El Cambio, CHANGE Member Network, Forsyth Humane Society's New Leash on Life program, and Dirk Robertson.
Keynote speaker Dr. Nancy G. Creamer spoke to the local food movement's positive potential impact on economic development, health, social capital and access to locally-grown food in our community. (Read Dr. Creamer's keynote address.) The luncheon culminated with a Community Update from Forsyth County Manager Dudley Watts, describing the local food study currently being conducted by Forsyth County, Forsyth Futures, and The Winston-Salem Foundation. Study results should be available in December 2012. To access more information on the local food movement in Forsyth County, click here.
Many thanks to our generous sponsors who signed on to be Community Investors, Community Builders, and Community Supporters - their support allowed the Foundation to provide greater community access to the Luncheon - which is what the gathering is all about! A special thank you goes to CornerCap Investment Counsel, R.J. Reynolds, and Wells Fargo for their sponsorships at the Community Investor level!
Our appreciation also goes out to Cooperative Extension of Forsyth County for growing the robust pepper, tomato, and herb plants that served as centerpieces and that were later taken by attendees to share and/or plant in their own gardens.
Luncheon photos are posted here on our Facebook page.
Read Michael Hastings' May 9 column on the luncheon in the Winston-Salem Journal.