NCCJ citation award dinner sets fundraising record
The Guilford County community showed overwhelming support of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) of the Piedmont Triad Inc.'s 45th annual Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award Dinner, with sponsorships and donations reaching a new record of $336,875.
The Citation Award Dinner is the largest single source of funding for NCCJ's annual programs and operations. For 2012, revenues generated by the dinner represent more than 50 percent of budgeted income.
This year's dinner honored Dennis W. Quaintance, CEO of Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants & Hotels, with the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award.
"We were thrilled at the response we received from the community when we approached them to support NCCJ and to honor Dennis Quaintance," say Tim and Carolynn Rice, the event's chairs. "This level of support shows that people appreciate the impact that both NCCJ and Dennis have on our community."
Quaintance was honored for his commitment to building a business that places fairness, equity and inclusion as a top priority - and a diverse group of staff members who live those values as their own. His philosophy combines deep-seated conviction with pragmatism and shows that leading with these values is not only the right thing, but the smart thing to do, as it makes his business stronger in many ways.
"As one of the most prominent businessmen in town, Dennis doesn't have to make a practice of being inclusive and responsive," says Ivan Canada, NCCJ board member. "He simply chooses to live his life with a superior standard for empathy and human relations."
Funding provided by the Citation Award Dinner supports NCCJ's programs for youth and adults, including the flagship ANYTOWN summer leadership institute, dozens of one-day ANYDAY human relations workshops in secondary schools, the community-wide Interfaith Tour Feb. 12 and the Youth Leadership Conference at NC A&T State University March 7.
To learn more about the organization, visit www.nccjtriad.org.