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Donation of Sunset Beach oceanfront property will support environmental research and scholarships

Coastal developer Edward M. Gore Sr. has donated two oceanfront lots on Sunset Beach to the N.C. Agricultural Foundation Inc., in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The lots, approximately 12 acres of the land donated last November, are expected to sell for an estimated $4 million. Proceeds will fund the Edward M. Gore Sr. Environmental Education and Research Endowment.

The endowment will support programmatic activities in the College, including environmental research on the coast and the development of scholarships established in honor of U.S. Army (Ret.) Gen. H. Hugh Shelton.

"While the emphasis of the gift is environmental education, the values-based leadership programs of Gen. Shelton seemed a perfect fit for Mr. Gore's values," said Dr. Johnny Wynne, dean of the College. Shelton is an N.C. State alumnus and former chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Planned uses of proceeds from the gift include $500,000 to each of the following: the Gen. H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Initiative, the Gen. H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Endowment (4-H and Army ROTC scholarships), Cooperative Extension environmental education programs in Brunswick County, the N.C. Landscapes of Opportunity Foundation, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Foundation and the N.C. Agricultural Foundation ($50,000 of which will go to the Jesse Helms Agricultural Legislative Internship Endowment).

A longtime leader in coastal development, Gore has worked with the Cooperative Extension Service for many years. He wanted to make possible the establishment of environmental education and research programs, in keeping with his commitment to the best interests of Sunset Beach, the environment and the citizens of Brunswick County.

- Terri Leith