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At 4-H Gala, Perdue credits 4-H for her life successes


State 4-H President John Tart III (right) presented the award to Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue.
Photo by Becky Kirkland

Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue was honored as a former 4-H'er at the 10th annual 4-H Lifetime Achievement Awards Gala in Charlotte on June 2.

Wachovia and Syngenta were signature sponsors of this year's gala, which raised $210,000 to support 4-H programs in North Carolina. It also was strongly supported by more than 50 major corporations, businesses and individual "Friends of 4-H," said Sharon Rowland, N.C. 4-H Development Fund executive director.

Perdue, who credited 4-H for impacting her life, said, "If it weren't for what I learned in 4-H, I wouldn't be your lieutenant governor today."

A 4-H'er from Grundy, Va., she received the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her commitment to young people.

Another lifetime achievement award went to Walter M. Hooper, author and editor of the three-volume The Literary Works of C.S. Lewis.

Hooper, regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on Lewis' life and works, was a Rockingham County 4-H'er in the 1940s and a counselor at Millstone 4-H Camp, where he was a renowned storyteller. After earning advanced degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill, he was an English professor at the University of Kentucky, then spent time in Great Britain, where he met and worked for Lewis.

DeeDee and Cam Harris were honored for establishing their Talent Showcase Program, which honors and rewards talented 4-H youth.

- Art Latham, Benita Budd