ECHO Award Winners - 2002

The Rev. Sam Stevenson & Rev. Steve McCutchan were nominated as a "social capital building team" who share a deep and abiding friendship and collegiality. Willing to be leaders when few were following, they helped to create the Presbyterian Interracial Dialogue, now in its 10th year. It has become a thriving force for community reconciliation, education, and many new friendships. Together they have promoted integrated schools, the police review board, and more than their share of informal socializing - particularly when food is involved. Recently they co-wrote a play that was performed by their two churches. Sam and Steve were nominated by Rev. Laura Spangler of Lloyd Presbyterian Church.

Sharon Frazier is a performing member of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company and has created a Youth and Outreach Ministry at Mt. Calvary Holiness Church. At Forest Park Elementary school, where she is the Parent and Community Involvement Coordinator, VIP Coordinator, and After's Cool Site Coordinator, she also began an annual Parent University Week, providing adults with entrepreneurship opportunities. She believes she is training social capital "disciples" who will carry trust and cooperation into the future. Ms. Frazier was nominated by Kris Jonczak of Motheread/Fatheread.

Dr. Bill Leonard is a leader whose personal integrity helps to create the social trust needed for institutional risk-taking at Wake Forest University's Divinity School. He has made available opportunities for students to study African heritage and culture both in the classroom and on the African continent. A white member of a black Baptist church, he has also enhanced our community through his personal commitment to welcome students and scholars who reflect diverse gifts and viewpoints. Dr. Leonard, a church history scholar, is making history right before our eyes. He was nominated by Willard Bass, a member of the Divinity School's class of 2003, and a former member of The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee.

Sarah "Sackie" Friende Hamlin has been a social capital builder by devoting herself to creating "greater respect and understanding between the races" wherever she lives. Her documentation of local history has brought to light the achievements of 19th and 20th century African-Americans in Kernersville and Winston-Salem. She hosted the local YWCA's first Racial Dialogue Group in the 1960s with 2001 ECHO Award winner Marjorie Northup. Today Sackie serves as president of the Bethlehem Center's daycare program, the first integrated daycare center in Forsyth County which is currently conducting a building campaign to double the number of children served. In Kernersville, she created a community project to restore the historic graveyard of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. An ongoing volunteer at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, she served as the first African-American docent chairperson. Mrs. Hamlin was nominated by Kathleen Hutton of Reynolda House.

Winston-Salem Events increases social capital by creating opportunities for informal socializing. Their numerous activities have brought quality entertainment to downtown Winston-Salem in the hope of encouraging more social interaction in the community. People from all walks of life attend their numerous popular events, providing an opportunity for individuals from many social spheres to intermingle and creating a broader sense of community. Accepting the ECHO Award for Winston-Salem Events are Brian Cole and Richard Emmett. Winston-Salem Events was nominated both by Steve Mack of the North Carolina School of the Arts and Shellie Ellis of Wake Forest University's Women's Health Center For Excellence.


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