The Northern Albemarle Community Foundation (NACF) celebrated its 10th anniversary of service to Camden, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties with a lunch and tribute to the many leaders, partners and contributors to its first decade of success in this northeastern corner of the state.
The celebration was held in Elizabeth City at a popular restaurant and attended by a good-sized crowd of current and former advisory board members, donors and fund-holders, grantee partners and well-wishers from many communities in the four-county region. “There are stories with just about everybody in this room of your involvement with the Foundation,” said Peggy Birkemeier, NCCF’s northeastern regional associate.
Birkemeier kicked off the celebration with a slide show summarizing milestones of the affiliate foundation’s history. The NACF has contributed more than $250,000 in grants ands scholarships to the region since its inception.
Other highlights included remarks from NACF’s co-founder Ron Turlington, who along with community leader Winnie Wood, got the foundation off the ground. Director Emeritus Philip McMullan Jr., also spoke about the support the NACF has given to many local nonprofit groups, including the Perquimans County Restoration Association, which oversees the Newbold White House, an historic house museum in nearby Hertford.
After the program, Liz Reasoner, executive director of the Food Bank of the Albemarle, stood and thanked the NACF and the NCCF for all of the support provided to the Food Bank and other agencies in the region over the years. “We couldn’t have done it without you,” she said.