We enjoyed celebrating our 100th birthday with the entire community in 2019. Honoring our past, but looking ahead to our second century of service, we're learning and evolving to better support our vision for Winston-Salem to become a generous and trusting community where everyone is thriving.
On behalf of our entire staff and board, thank you for your many contributions to the Foundation and to our community during our special 2019 centennial year.
On May 1, we welcomed an enthusiastic crowd of 1,250 community members to the Benton Convention Center for the Foundation's 2019 Centennial Community Luncheon.
The event kicked off with outstanding student performances by the Carver High School Drumline and the Simon G. Atkins High School A Capella group. The program progressed with remarks from past and present Foundation volunteers who introduced a series of four videos reflecting on the Foundation's legacy, its present impact, and collective aspirations for the future of this community. After the program, community members visited our Centennial Photo Wall to share their hopes and dreams for Winston-Salem.
Many thanks to the 92 table sponsors who supported greater community access to the luncheon.
More than 1,300 community members joined us on December 5 at Reynolds Auditorium to hear from New York Times columnist David Brooks as he shared his thoughts on how to strengthen connections and our community in a fragmented world. After his keynote, Brooks was joined on stage for more conversation with Dr. Elwood Robinson, chancellor of Winston-Salem State University.