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Craven County Partners In Education Announces Annual Spring Luncheon

PIE Spring Luncheon 2018More than 700 educators, business leaders, and elected officials will fill the New Bern Riverfront Convention and Visitors Center on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, for the Partners In Education Spring Luncheon.  This annual event raises money for Craven County schools for the PIE Grant program.  PIE awarded more than $170,000 through a variety of grants and programs during the 2017-18 school year.

Dr. Ervin Patrick, President of Craven County Partners In Education’s Board of Directors, announced that the luncheon will feature North Carolina Dr. Cecil Staton, Chancellor of East Carolina University as keynote speaker.

Doors open at 11:30 am for seating with the event beginning at Noon.  Tickets are $25 per person. The Chelsea Restaurant is catering the event serving their famous shrimp and grits, and Havelock High Jazz band will provide the entertainment.  John Bircher, attorney with White and Allen, will emcee the event.  This event is open to the public.

Dr. Patrick explains, “It is an excellent opportunity for our community to show their support of Craven County Schools and our public school educators and administrators.  All proceeds from the luncheon will be used to support the PIE Grant program.  This program rewards creative and innovative projects in the Craven County Schools classrooms through grants awarded to teachers to fund materials for technology, science, music, and art projects, along with supplies and books for our students.”

The paramount benefit of attendance and sponsorship is that you are contributing to an increasingly skilled 21st century workforce and a community of schools recognized for its excellence. The goal of Craven County Schools is to be the highest performing system of public education in North Carolina.

Dr. Patrick also announced the sponsors of the luncheon. At the Major Sponsorship Level: AlphaGraphics, Bob 93.3 & WRNS 95.1, BB&T, Bojangles’, B/S/H/ Home Appliances, Nationwide-Brinson Insurance Agency, CarolinaEast Health System, Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines, Coastal Carolina Health Care, Craven Community College, Craven County Schools, Edward Jones Investments, Fisher Fuel Market, Hearne’s Fine Jewelry, Learning-Focused, Mitchell Hardware, Morgan’s Tavern & Grill,  Neuse River Region Association of REALTORS, Inc., Piedmont Natural Gas, Pierce Group Benefits, Sumrell Sugg, Attorneys at Law, Sun Journal, Toyota of New Bern, Trent Cadillac Buick GMC, Wells Fargo, Weyerhaeuser Co., Williams, Scarborough, Smith, Gray, LLP, WNBU 94.1 & Thunder Country 96.3, and WITN-TV, Principal Supporters: A Dog’s Dream, The Harold H. Bate Foundation, and Duke Energy. Educator Supporters: The Insurance Center, New Bern Family Dentistry, and Union Bank.

To purchase a ticket, or to learn how your organization can be a PIE sponsor, contact Darlene Brown, Executive Director, Craven County Partners In Education, at 514-6321 or visit the PIE website at CravenPartners.com.

Submitted by: Darlene Brown, Executive Director, Craven County Partners In Education