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Caldwell, Dalton-Rann gain top honors

Caldwell, Dalton-Rann gain top honors
April 07
00:00 2016
Caldwell/Dalton-Rann

BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY 

FOR THE CHRONICLE

Because of their tremendous work in the community, Alan Caldwell, director of Corporate and Civic Engagement at Reynolds American Inc. (RAI), and RaVonda Dalton-Rann, executive assistant to the chancellor and university secretary at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), will be honored with the highest distinction at The Chronicle’s 31st annual Community Service Awards Gala on Saturday, April 23.

The community service awards event was created to recognize those individuals who benefit the overall quality of life for the community, many of whom are often unsung heroes who go about their daily lives helping to improve the conditions of the city according to Chronicle Publisher Emeritus Ernie Pitt.

“The affair is simply a way for us to thank them publicly for their concerns and efforts on behalf of our community,” Pitt continued.

Dalton-Rann has worked under five chief administrators at WSSU. She manages the day-to-day operation of the chancellor’s office. She has previously been employed as a school teacher, as well as served on the boards of several non-profit organizations.

While working at RAI, Caldwell has been involved with many charitable works such as youth-based organizations conducting youth tobacco prevention programs, as well as RAI’s donations of over$1 million to the United Way of Forsyth County.

Other members of the community will be presented with awards. They include:

*The Community Service Award: Paulette Lewis-Moore, Suzanne Reynolds, the Rev. Kelly Carpenter, Bishop Todd Fulton, Professor Omari Simmons and Elizabeth Speight. Paulette Lewis-Moore is a longtime Chronicle employee who also serves the community.

*Church of the Year: Union Baptist Church

*Organization of the Year: Winston-Salem Urban League and Innocence Project

*Special Tribute: Ronny Bell and Larry Little

*In Memoriam: Senator Emeritus Earline Parmon, Mr. Carl Russell Jr., Mr.Darryl Hunt, Attorney H. Glenn Davis, Delores Huntley and Mr. Carl Matthews

*Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Francene Hash, Hazel Mack and Benjamin Harris

“The example that they set are real guidelines that others can follow and emu-late,” Pitt said. “We have also found that these are the kind of people that encourage others, and The Chronicle is extremely proud to have done this now for more than 25 years. The only requirement is concern for people and the willingness to help.”

The gala will be held at 6 p.m. on April 23 at the Dr. Donald Reaves Cultural Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Tickets are $30 and include a six-month subscription or six-month extension for current subscribers.

For tickets, contact The Chronicle, 617 N. Liberty St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, phone 336-722-8624; or email plewis@nullwschronicle.com.

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