Goodmon Awards Again Celebrate Regional Thinking in the Triangle

Jim Goodmon & winners
CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon congratulates the Goodmon Award winners, both past & present, at the 8th annual presentation on Monday, April 12th.
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For the eighth time Leadership Triangle alumni, distinguished guests and friends gathered to honor some of the Triangle’s best and brightest for their regional thinking.   The Goodmon Awards Gala took place at the Durham Performing Arts Center for the first time on the evening of Monday, April 12, 2010, also introducing a silent auction for fundraising for the organization.

The event featured a Spotlight on Local Talent.  Several Leadership Triangle alumni and others performed a variety of music during the event.  Local singer-songwriter the Grammy-nominated Tift Merritt capped off the evening with a few selections from her upcoming album.

The awards were central to the event, as the talents of several regional thinkers were highlighted during the 8th annual presentation of the awards named for CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon.  Goodmon himself considers working together and thinking as a region as one of his top priorities for the Triangle.

The 2010 Goodmon Awards winners are:

Wade Smith & The String Band
Noted Raleigh attorney Wade Smith (right) & his String Band perform at the reception.

Organization:  Hidden Voices
Hidden Voices developed an innovative regional program to address several pressing regional issues in the Triangle. The organization works to educate students and empower survivors of family violence, raise awareness and engagement in African-American contributions, and shift stereotypes around homelessness in North Carolina. 

Individual:  Pat Nathan
Pat Nathan has been a guiding force in the effort to address women’s poverty, establishing two Dress for Success locations in Durham and Raleigh.  In 2009, 538 women received the gift of professional clothing and interview training.

Partnership:  Triangle Tomorrow and Urban Land Institute Triangle
These two organizations created a successful partnership across regional boundaries to address pressing regional issues.  Triangle Tomorrow and Urban Land Institute Triangle managed and hosted the largest and most diverse and successful regional visioning process in the region, called Reality Check. 

Elected Official:  John Hodges-Copple
As Regional Planning Director at Triangle J Council of Governments since 1992, Hodges-Copple applies his extensive experience in regional planning, transportation/environmental consulting and economic development research to projects.  These projects make a long-term difference throughout the Triangle.

Leadership Triangle Alumnus:  Sig Hutchinson
Presented for the first time in 2010, this award recognizes an LT alum who embodies the concept of regional citizenship and has excelled at fostering regional cooperation.  Hutchinson has taken an active role with transportation, land use, open space preservation and environmental issues.

Attendees bid on a wide array of silent auction items during a reception before the awards program.

The auction brought in more than $15,300 for Leadership Triangle to help the non-profit continue to train college students and business professional in regional leadership.  Items from a basketball signed by the National Championship Duke Men’s Basketball Team to signed Hurricanes jerseys to tickets for concerts and other events were on display during a reception before the awards program.

Thanks to ATC’s Valerie Ward for some of these capcom photos.


2010 Goodmon Awards Gala

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