The Goodmon Awards of Leadership Triangle honor regional cooperation.
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Working together to better the Triangle took center stage in downtown Durham on Monday, December 3, 2012, as Leadership Triangle honored five individuals and organizations for their regional thinking.
Leadership Triangle held their annual Goodmon Awards Gala in American Tobacco’s Bay 7. Capitol Broadcasting, along with FOX 50 and American Tobacco, helped sponsor the Gala event.
The night celebrated technology with the theme “Change and Innovation.” The program went high tech with robo-voice, Xtranormal animated characters and an iPad band.
Former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt attended the event, opening the program by talking about strides that have been made in our state, and those we’ve yet to make.
“The quality of life has improved,” said Hunt. “I want you to have big ideas. You have made these things happen. That’s history. The future is ahead.”
Former N.C. Governor Jim Hunt (right) helps induct Corp’s Jim Goodmon as the first Leadership Triangle Hall of Fame member.
He told the Leadership Triangle alumni in the crowd, who are known as Goodmon Fellows, that it would take them to increase our progress.
“Make North Carolina all that it can be, all that it should be,” he charged.
The evening included a silent auction to raise funds for the non-profit Leadership Triangle. After a dinner by Crooks Corner, a live auction took place led by Col. Benjamin Farrell.
The organization presented five awards, honoring cooperation and regional thinking in the Triangle. WRAL-TV Anchor Debra Morgan emceed the presentations.
The 2012 Goodmon Award Winners are:
- Community Service – Danny Rosin, Band Together
- Economic Development – Triangle Greenways Council (accepting award…Bill Flournoy, President of the Board of Directors)
- Arts – Chasta Hamilton Calhoun, Stage Door Dance Productions
- Goodmon Fellow – Pilar Rocha-Goldberg, President, El Centro Hispano
- Partnership – Coach Al Buehler and Dr. LeRoy Walker
At the end of the program LT Executive Director Winkie La Force & ATC Vice President of Real Estate Michael Goodmon announced the creation of the Leadership Triangle Hall of Fame. The pair inducted a surprised CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon, namesake of the Goodmon Fellows, as the first member. Hunt helped present the honor.
“When came to work for WRAL, we were 63rd broadcast market in country. Now we’re 24th,” said Goodmon. “We’re the 24th market when we pull together. We’re a region. That’s why there’s a Leadership Triangle.”
“We’re a big market and we should have big ideas,” he said. “Working together we can accomplish big things.”