2016 PIE Spring Luncheon

On June 10, 2016, Partners In Education held the PIE Annual Spring Luncheon at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.  The monies raised from this event go directly to the grant programs in our Craven County Schools classrooms administered by Partners In Education. I’m pleased to report that we had 698 attendees at our luncheon!


Gov. James B. Hunt, Jr., was our keynote speaker.  He was an inspiring breath of fresh air and he held the audience in the palm of his hand and took us to church.  My favorite line?  “I want PIE all over North Carolina!”  A testament to our local education foundation! A Literacy Grant will be made available this fall in his honor to Craven County Schools in the amount of $5,000.  This was not just a fabulous event, it was a PIE milestone.


A HUGE shout out to Chris and Shawn Hoveland and the staff at The Chelsea for their excellent food and service, Chris and Shawn are good people and true professionals.  The West Craven Middle School Band, under the leadership of Cory Lipsky, provided fabulous entertainment.  Robert Kelley spoke words of wisdom during his invocation and Linda Staunch, as our emcee, was the glue that held it all together.


The First Annual Exemplary Service Awards were also awarded to recognize outstanding achievements to our local education foundation in four areas:


  • The Cheryl Marteney Memorial Volunteer Leadership Award to honor a volunteer who has made significant contributions through volunteer work with Craven County Partners In Education. The first recipient, Lori Worley, is always challenging the board and staff to be the very best they can be.


  • The PIE Outstanding Leadership Award honored outstanding leadership and significant contributions to education by school administrators. The criteria for the leadership category is how these leaders create awareness for Partners In Education throughout their school, making an impact and lasting contribution to PIE’s mission. This award went to Curtis Gatlin, Principal, Ben D. Quinn Elementary and Tabari Wallace, Principal, H.J. MacDonald Middle.


  • The PIE Excellence Award honored an organization for demonstrating a commitment to working with schools to promote student achievement and educational excellence. In order to accomplish that goal, PIE must have strong community partnerships. Our honoree is passionate about creating opportunities for our students and teachers that enable us to offer quality programs. This award went to The Harold H. Bate Foundation, with Don Brinkley and

Joyce Hendricks accepting the award.


  • The Distinguished Alumni Award honored a Craven County Schools graduate for his contributions to the community, profession, and PIE. This individual goes above and beyond in his support of PIE, and has demonstrated a commitment that will make a lasting contribution to our local education foundation for Craven County Schools. He serves as a positive role model, proving that Craven County Schools graduates have life leadership skills. This award went to Ervin Patrick, Director of Human Resources for Craven County Schools and 2nd Vice President for PIE.


On behalf of the PIE Board of Directors, we would like to thank everyone who supported this event by purchasing a ticket or sponsoring the luncheon. The sponsors included:  A Dog’s Dream; AlphaGraphics; The Harold H. Bate Foundation; BB&T; B/S/H/ Home Appliances; Bojangles’; CarolinaEast Health System; Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines; Coastal Carolina Health Care; Craven Community College; Craven Music; Duke Energy Carolinas; E&J Automotive; Fuel Market/Fisher Oil Company; Inner Banks Media; Learning-Focused; the little bank; The Masonboro Group; Mitchell Hardware; Morgan Tavern and Grill; New Bern Breakfast Rotary; Piedmont Natural Gas; PotashCorp; Riverside Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram; Sumrell Sugg, Attorneys at Law; Sun Journal; Thunder Country; The Tyson Group; Wells Fargo; Weyerhaeuser; Williams-Scarborough-Smith-Gray, LLP; WERO; WNBU; and WRNS.


Thank you to the members of the Craven County Board of Education who continue to support the vision of Partners In Education and Craven County Schools to be the highest performing system of public education in North Carolina.


My deepest gratitude to the PIE board, PIE School Ambassadors, school administrators, and district staff for selling tickets, volunteering, and supporting me at not just the PIE Spring Luncheon, but at each and every event throughout the year.  We are all good at what we do, but together, we are great.


It is the relationships that develop between our partners in the community that leads to the success of our students. An investment in Partners In Education is an investment in our workforce, our community, and our future.  Thank you for your investment.


Darlene J. Brown

Executive Director

Partners In Education


For more information on PIE programs or how you can get involved, contact us by email at Darlene.Brown@cravenk12.org or call us (252) 514-6321.  Fax number:  (252) 514-6352.