Raleigh’s Poe Center Presents Award To CBC President & CEO
The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education held an awards presentation at its annual meeting on Wednesday, May 23. Capitol Broadcasting Company President & CEO Jim Goodmon received the President’s Award from the Center at the luncheon.
In the presentation, Poe Center President Leslie Silverstein cited the work WRAL-TV has done with its Breast Cancer Awareness campaign and other health team coverage.
In accepting the award Goodmon said, “Our opportunity is the resources we have.” He encouraged the audience to continue working towards goals of health education and early childhood development and challenged that the ability to futher those aims is already available.
NC Department of Health & Human Resources Secretary Carmen Hooker Buell served as the keynote speaker for the event.
CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon
She spoke of her department, saying, “We are committed to being a force for change. The Poe Center has shown that it is a force for change.”
Governor Mike Easley made a brief appearance at the event to congratulate the Poe Center on their good work. He cited their early support of former Governor Hunt’s SmartStart program. Goodmon served as the first President of SmartStart to help get the program off the ground.
Other award winners included Willard Ross, who received the Faye L. Miller Distinguished Service Award, and Wake Med’s Ray Champ, who received the Gordon Smith, Jr. Award.
The Poe Center is a non-profit organization that provides innovate health education programs for preschoolers, school-age children and adults in its five learning theaters. WRAL-TV Community Affairs Director Loretta Harper serves on the Board of the Poe Center, as does Martha Waters, wife of CBC retiree Ben Waters.