Friends of JC Raulston Arboretum assembled July13 to honor those who have consistently supported the work of N.C. State University’s nationally renowned teaching and research garden. Specifically, they came to dedicate the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center and the Legacy Brick Circle Entrance. Wilder, a longtime benefactor of the JCRA, was honored for his many hours of volunteer service, years of financial commitment and generous planned gifts.
The Ruby C. McSwain NAADA Outstanding Philanthropist Award was given to Bill and Marsha Prestage and the Prestage family. Dr. William K. Collins was named a 2014 recipient of the NAADA Volunteer Service Award.
Forget the vernal equinox. For multitudes of gardening enthusiasts, the true first day of spring is the day of the annual Gala in the Garden at N.C. State University’s JC Raulston Arboretum. This year the theme of the May 4 gala was “Celebrating North Carolina,” so the emphasis was on the state’s finest food, botanicals, products and people.
The endowment will be used to provide scholarships for Wilson County 4-H’ers enrolled in an agriculture, business or health sciences undergraduate or two-year curriculum in any school in the UNC system or N.C. Community College system — including the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and its Agricultural Institute.
During his 32-year career, Bryce Lane led students on many national field trips and competitions, as well as international excursions, where he introduced students to world horticulture practices. Creating a fund to support travel opportunities for horticulture students seemed a natural choice as his parting gift to the Department of Horticultural Science when he retired.
When Ken Heltemes moved to Raleigh from Ohio in 1987 to start a new Barefoot Grass Lawn Service franchise, he didn’t know much about turfgrass. That changed when he crossed paths with Dr. Art Bruneau, namesake for an annual golf tournament that raises funds for CALS’ turfgrass program.
The Retiree and Donor Appreciation Event, celebrating the contributions of donors and retirees to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, this year included an opportunity for the guests of honor to participate in a special Cooperative Extension Visioning Initiative.
The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission has awarded $180,000 to the North Carolina FFA Foundation to improve high school agricultural education programs throughout the state.
Through a recent grant to the N.C. Agricultural Foundation Inc., the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (TTFC) is providing funds to expand and continue the work of the AgriSafe and Certified Safe Farm programs in North Carolina.
“Preparing the Way,” a campaign initiative for the foundation boards of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to join N.C. State University’s Pullen Society, was launched Nov. 7. The foundations also presented the annual Distinguished Service Award to Jimmy Gentry, president of the State Grange.