Craven County Partners In Education Announces Annual Spring Luncheon SOLD OUT!

PIE Spsring Luncheon 2019 - Sold OutMore than 450 educators, business leaders, community members, and elected officials will fill the Havelock Tourist and Event Center on Tuesday, June 19, 2019, for the SOLD OUT Partners In Education Spring Luncheon. This annual event supports and recognizes teachers who won PIE Grants during the 2018-19 school year. PIE awarded over $270,000 through a variety of grants and programs during the 2018-19 school year.

Don Brinkley, President of Craven County Partners In Education’s Board of Directors, announced that the luncheon will feature Col. Todd Ferry, Commanding Officer, MCAS Cherry Point, as keynote speaker.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for seating with the event beginning at Noon. The 2ND Marine Air Wing Brass Quintet will usher everyone and the 2nd Marine Air Wing Jazz Combo will perform a concert.  The Chelsea Restaurant is catering. John Bircher, attorney with White and Allen, will emcee the event.  This event is sold out.

Mr. Brinkley explains, “We are excited to show our support of Craven County Schools, our public school educators, and administrators. Obviously, the community is also, since it is a sold out event!  PIE awards grants to teachers for creative and innovative projects in Craven County Schools classrooms and to fund materials for technology, science, music, and art projects, along with supplies and books for our students.”

The mission of Craven County Schools is: Together with our families and community, Craven County Schools will educate all learners to personal, professional, and civic success through challenging and personalized instruction.

Mr. Brinkley also announced the supporters of the luncheon. At the Major Sponsorship Level:  AlphaGraphics, BB&T, Bojangles’, B/S/H/ Home Appliances, CarolinaEast Health System, Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines, Coastal Carolina Health Care, Craven Community College, Craven County Schools, Edward Jones Investments, Hearne’s Fine Jewelry, Martin Marietta, Mitchell Hardware, Moen, Morgan’s Tavern & Grill, Neuse River Region Association of REALTORS, Inc., Piedmont Natural Gas, Pierce Group Benefits, Rotary Club of New Bern, Sumrell Sugg, Attorneys at Law, Sun Journal, Toyota of New Bern, Trent Cadillac Buick GMC, Wells Fargo, Weyerhaeuser Co., Williams, Scarborough, Gray, LLP, WNBU 94.1 & Thunder Country 96.3, WITN-TV, and WRNS 95.1 & WERO Bob 93.3, and at the Principal Level: Duke Energy, The Insurance Center, MBF Architects, and The University of Mt. Olive – New Bern.

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

Partners In Education is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides grant funding and special programs to classrooms and schools within the Craven County Schools system. 

Since 1989, PIE has been changing the lives of students and families in our community by providing our educators with financial resources that enhance and reward innovative approaches to educational excellence.

Submitted by: Darlene Brown, Craven County Partners In Education