UNCF Giving Gala Honors Community Leaders
(L-R)Pinnix-Ragland, Spaulding, Forbes, White, Robinson, Catlett
March 25, 2013 - Shaw University's UNCF "A Mind Is" Annual Giving Banquet and Gala honored several outstanding community and national leaders for their commitment to excellence in education. Held on Saturday, March 23rd on the Shaw University campus, the event recognized Progressive Business Solutions President, Albert (Tim) Catlett; Shaw University Board of Trustees Member, Dr. David C. Forbes; Duke Energy Vice President - Corporate Public Affairs, Hilda Pinnix-Ragland; The Happy Face Preschool Founder and Owner, Joyce Robinson; and Former Deputy Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Maria F. Spaulding.
This year's honorees represented leaders in the corporate, education and government sectors. Tim Catlett, a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, has been in the printing business for more than 30 years. He started Progressive Business Solutions in 1988 with his wife Sonya. Dr. David C. Forbes, Senior Minister and Founding Pastor of Christian Faith Baptist Church, Inc., is a long-time educator and teacher. Forbes has been awarded three honorary degrees. Hilda Pinnix-Ragland has been an officer for Progress/Duke Energy since 1998 and serves on several boards, including the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges and the National Parks Foundation. Joyce Robinson opened The Happy Face Preschool in 1993 with six staff members and 40 children. The school now enrolls more than 80 students and employs a staff of 14. Dr. Maria F. Spaulding currently serves as a human services management consultant, community volunteer and organizer after spending several years in the human services industry.
In addition to recognizing the evening's honorees, the gala also featured remarks from Shaw junior Aaron Banks and senior Lolia Kienka. Banks is the recipient of the UNCF Intel Scholarship and Kienka is the recipient of the UNCF Sara Lee Foundation Scholarship. Both students expressed their gratitude for receiving UNCF scholarships and how such funds enabled them to continue their education.
Members of the UNCF Steering Committee meet throughout the year to plan and hold events to educate the community about UNCF and raise scholarship monies for students at Shaw, a UNCF member institution. During the 2012-2013 academic year, Shaw students received more than $112,000 in UNCF scholarships.