Category: Community Fabric Awards

March 12th, 2019 by newbernpostadmin
Ed’s note: This article was modified from its original form to clarify that the Leadership in Education category is not limited to Craven Community College faculty.

Businessman and former county commissioner Steve Tyson was named for Individual Leadership and James F. “Smoke” Boyd, owner of The Flame Catering & Event Center, was picked for Business Leadership by the Craven Community College Foundation’s 9th annual Community Fabric Awards.

The college’s Kathryn Amerson was named in the Leadership in Education category.

The event was created by the Craven CC Foundation to “showcase excellence in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, impact of service and inspiration of others.”

The recipients will be honored during the annual CFA Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on Thursday, April 18, at the Havelock Tourist & Event Center.

After Hurricane Florence, Tyson spent countless hours serving to direct critical help and support to hundreds of displaced families all across Craven County. Tyson has lived in New Bern his entire life. Since concentrating on real estate brokerage in 2006, he has received multiple honors for exceptional sales volume. He has supported the community through diligent involvement in several local organizations. He is currently a board member of the CarolinaEast Health System, Craven 100 Alliance Building Committee and the Craven County Disaster Recovery Alliance.

The award for business leadership will be presented to The Flame Catering & Banquet Center owner and executive chef “Smoke” Boyd. The Flame opened in 1990 and has become well known across Eastern North Carolina. With over 30 years of experience in the catering, events and restaurant industries, Boyd provides exquisite culinary crafts and excellent customer service. His love and compassion for the community have made a tremendous impact on everyone he meets.

Amerson was selected for the leadership in education award for her teaching career at Craven Community College since 2000. She teaches history and humanities, and is the faculty adviser for the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and the Study Abroad program.

All three recipients will be honored during the 9th annual CFA Ceremony and Luncheon. Funds raised through event sponsorships and ticket purchases are used to support the Foundation’s programs, as well as equipment, facilities and emerging initiatives of the college. To date, the CFA events have netted over $350,000 in support of the Foundation’s mission.

“The 2019 CFA recipients truly demonstrate why the Foundation established this event,” said Craven CC Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Charles Wethington. “Although it was a difficult decision, the selection committee ultimately chose these recipients due to their remarkable service and support for this community.”

Individual tickets are available for purchase at For more information, contact Wethington at 252-638-7350 or email

Posted in Community Fabric Awards, Craven Community College

January 30th, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

The Craven Community College Foundation is accepting nominations for the 9th Annual Community Fabric Awards, an event that awards individual, educational and business leadership in the community. The deadline to nominate is 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.

The Community Fabric Awards were created by the Craven CC Foundation to celebrate and showcase excellence in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, impact of service and the inspiration of others.

Previous individual recipients include J. Troy Smith, Jr., Dr. Jim Congleton, Linda Staunch, New Bern Alderman Sabrina Bengel, Nelson Bell McDaniel, Maj. Gen. Tom Braaten USMC (Ret.), David L. Ward, Jr. and Robert L. “Bob” Mattocks. Business recipients include Trent Cadillac Buick GMC, Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines, The UPS Store, A Dog’s Dream, Mitchell Hardware, Moen, CarolinaEast Health System and Minges Bottling Group, Inc.-Pepsi. Previous educators to receive the award include Jorge Benitez, David Wang, Dr. Shelly Hines-Brooks, Jessica Cofield, Jeffrey Brown, Jessica Saxon, Donald Carpenetti and Dr. Bruce Waugh.

Funds raised through event sponsorships and tickets are used to support the Craven CC Foundation’s programs, as well as equipment, facilities and emerging initiatives of the college. To date, the Community Fabric Awards have netted more than $350,000 in support of the Foundation’s mission.

Submission forms for all three categories are available online at

After all submissions are in, the three award recipients will be selected by a confidential and independent committees. This year’s awards luncheon will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

For additional information about the Community Fabric Awards, contact Tanya Roberts at 252638-7351 or

The Craven Community College Foundation has supported the vision of higher education for the residents of Craven County and beyond for more than 40 years. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial support to students through scholarships and funding for programs, equipment, new and emerging initiatives, facilities and other priorities on the New Bern and Havelock campuses.A

Craven Community College is part of the North Carolina Community College System. With campuses in New Bern and Havelock-Cherry Point, Craven CC serves about 3,200 curriculum students and more than 10,000 continuing education students each year. The college offers a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as college transfer courses, career and occupational offerings, partnerships with four-year universities, specialized workforce training options, developmental studies and basic skills classes. The Lifetime Learning Center and Adult Enrichment Program offer lifelong learning opportunities. Craven Early College High School programs are available on both campuses. Craven CC is also home to Public Radio East, one of the few community colleges nationally with this distinction. For more information about the college, visit

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