CBC Helps Celebrate the Communities
WRAL-TV’s Jim Hefner made opening comments at the October breakfast.
“Equal opportunity cannot happen without equal preparation.” -Wintley Phipps
A Community Prayer Breakfast celebrating the success of Wake County students took place at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh on Monday, October 27, 2003. The event capped two days of programs called “Celebrate the Communities.” CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon co-chaired the event along with Wake County Public Schools Superintendent Bill McNeal.
WRAL-TV General Manager Jim Hefner spoke on Goodmon’s behalf at the breakfast saying, “Fostering an educated work force is good business.” Hefner stated that an educated workforce is more likely to be interested in the community and serve it. He said that WRAL’s three goals of producing a world class newscast, doing genuine public service and operating a good business are each equally crucial in doing WRAL’s work.
“We can’t forget who we are,” echoed McNeal. “We are the community.”
Keynote speaker & Grammy nominated artist Wintley Phipps encouraged the crowd to “help children dream.” He told the attendees that “the crisis of our time is the disappearance of strong families, strong schools & strong communities.” He stressed that fixing what’s broken in our society will come only if we “first repair the foundation. Nothing else can save us.”
Celebrate Communities benefited the Communities In Schools of Wake County & the Wake County School System. CBC served as a blue ribbon sponsor, while MIX 101.5, WRAL-TV & FOX50 served as Media Sponsors.