FOX 50’s Booker Inducted to YWCA Academy of Women

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Evelyn Booker
FOX 50’s Evelyn Booker gets congratulations after being inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women.

The YWCA recently inducted 11 Triangle women into the 2006 class of its Academy of Women, with FOX 50 General Sales Manager Evelyn Booker among them.   A banquet celebrating the inductees took place at the Embassy Suites in Cary on Wednesday, November 8, 2006.

“Evelyn is a pioneer and inspiration to many,” read the award citation.  Booker was the first African-American woman to sell advertising for CBC and first African-American general sales manager for the company.  The YWCA honored her for her dedication to the television industry and sales as well as her work in the community coaching young professionals and encouraging high school and college students.

Booker Family
Evelyn Booker (right) is joined by her family at the event, including her husband, Lee, by her side.
Bev Purdue
NC Lt. Governor Bev Purdue takes part in the induction ceremony.
Niel Sollod & Jimmy Gamble
FOX 50’s Niel Sollod (left) & Jimmy Gamble are on hand to support their fellow employee.

WRAL-TV Anchor/Report Valonda Calloway served as emcee for the event and helped induct Booker in the Business category.  The 2006 YWCA Academy of Women slate included one women in each of the 11 categories, including Eleanor Jordan, President & CEO United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, who was inducted into Arts & Entertainment category.

Tommy Schenck & Evelyn Booker
FOX 50’s Tommy Schenck (left) got the honor of presenting the YWCA award to Evelyn Booker.
The YWCA Academy of Women created a video celebrating each inductee.

Booker joined CBC in 1980, as a sales assistant at WRAL-TV.  She worked her way up through the ranks garnering rave reviews, with high marks for her enthusiasm, accuracy, timeliness as well as her professional and outstanding attitude.

Booker’s positive attitude has been key in her success.  In her first review as an Account Executive at WRAL-TV, her supervisor wrote, “… you have added a positive new dimension to the Sales Staff and your enthusiasm is contagious and an influence for all to see.”

Booker was well-represented at the event by her colleagues at CBC and FOX 50 as well as a table filled with her family.  She attributes much of her success to her family.


David Gill & Loretta Harper-Arnold
WRAL-TV’s David Gill (left) & Loretta Harper-Arnold attend the event in honor of their long-time colleague.
Millicent & Kenneth Ford
Millicent Ford (daughter of Evelyn Booker) & her husband, Kenneth, are proud of Booker’s accomplishments.
Jim Goodmon
CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon (right) congratulates Evelyn Booker on a well-deserved honor.

In fact, Strengthening the Black Family honored Booker and her husband, Lee, as the 2000 “Traditional Family of the Year” for creating a family with strong Christian values with their daughters, Eulonda & Millicent.  Both daughters are now married, and Booker was excited to become a grandmother for the first time in October this year with the birth of a grandson.

Booker joins a distinguished list of CBC’ers already in the YWCA Academy of Women.  AJFF Barbara Goodmon received induction in the Human Services category in 1998.  Former CBC Corporate Secretary and WRAL-TV Anchor Pam Saulsby were both inducted in the Business, Industry & Professions category in 1992 and 2000, respectively.

CBC table
Employees from several divisions of CBC fill a table for the event.
FOX 50 table
FOX 50 also fills a table with employees to celebrate their winning General Sales Manager.
Valonda Calloway
WRAL-TV’s Valonda Calloway emcees the event.

Thanks to Horizon Video Productions for the use of the YWCA Academy of Women presentation video for this capcom story.

POSTED: November 17, 2006

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