Foundation rolls out the red carpet for local scholars

Published 11:29 am Wednesday, May 12, 2021

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As high school seniors arrived at Triple J Manor House on May 6 – the paparazzi were there to snap photos.

Family, friends, board members and scholarship donors watched as the students walked the red carpet to accept their scholarships.

In years past, the foundation hosted “A Night at the Oscars” to honor scholars and donors and give them an opportunity to meet. The scholarship program – now in its 18th year – has continued to grow and be more successful each year. With this success came the need to find a meaningful way to continue to honor the scholars and connect them with their donors.

“The Red Carpet Reception felt like a perfect way to accomplish both without a three-hour program,” said Melissa O’Connor, foundation program officer.

“We believe that connecting our scholars with the donors who are investing in them is very important. Young people seem to be more dedicated in their studies after they spend time talking with the individuals who are investing in their education. It is also rewarding for the donors to meet and talk with the leaders of the future.”

Thus far in 2021, Davie Community Foundation has awarded $262,830 in scholarships to 89 high school and college students. Graduate and healthcare focused scholarships will be awarded later this year.

The Red Carpet Reception would not be possible without sponsors: Alan and Tiffany Lakey, Chad and Jessica Yarbrough, Charles and Patsy Crenshaw, David and Candy Poplin, DC Cruisers, Doug and Jennifer Hanes, Dr. Bill Steed, Flow Honda, Hoyt and Linda Dorsett, J. Gregory Matthews, Attorney at Law, Johnson Insurance, Lance and Lisa Featherngill, Meg Brown Home Furnishings, One Shot Photography, Phil and Darlene Fuller, Royal Limousine.

The foundation “inspires philanthropy to strengthen Davie County for present and future generations.”

The foundation is working to promote a spirit of giving in the community and build a permanent endowment invested forever. Earnings from the endowment will benefit Davie organizations and projects important to you.

The foundation accepts gifts in any amount, at any time, for an existing fund; the Community Scholarship Fund; or the Davie Community Impact Fund. A variety of options for establishment of named funds in honor or memory are also available.

To learn more, contact Jane Simpson at (336) 753-6903 or  or visit