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Post Foundation celebrates Charlotte's best with golf and gala
Proceeds go to education initiatives
 
Published Tuesday, October 1, 2019 4:25 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

PHOTO | ASHLEY MAHONEY
Kelsey McDowell, left, and Kaycee Hailey are the 2019 Charlotte Post Top Senior and runner-up. They will be recognized at Saturday's Charlotte Post Best gala.

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It’s golf and gala time for The Charlotte Post Foundation.

The signature fundraising weekend provides support for the organization’s education initiatives. We caught up with foundation president and our publisher, Gerald Johnson to preview the activities.

The weekend begins with the fourth annual golf tournament at Birkdale Golf Club on Oct. 4. It also honors the legacy of longtime foundation supporter Wayne Davis, who died of a heart attack in the weeks leading up to the inaugural tournament in 2016. He encouraged Johnson for nearly a decade to expand the fundraiser into a two-part event. Johnson finally gave in, telling Davis he would have to run it. When he died, whether or not to move forward with the tournament was never a question.

“It was never a question that we wouldn’t move forward with it, because we knew that was what he would have wanted,” Davis’ wife and foundation supporter Cynthia Davis said at the third annual tournament. “For me to have the opportunity to continue to support it and represent his memory is something that is very near and dear to my heart.”

The tournament is followed by the Post Best Banquet, which will honor longstanding Post awards, as well as a new addition. The foundation annually recognizes four categories: Top Senior, Top Senior Runner-up, Luminary, and Educator of the Year. This year’s honorees are Phillip O. Berry Academy alumna Kelsey McDowell (Top Senior), West Charlotte High School alumna Kaycee Hailey (Top Senior Runner-up), Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown (Luminary) and Educator of the Year Steve Crump. For the second straight year, the foundation will award the Mary Mahoney Memorial Scholarship. UNC Charlotte senior Marcus Fitzpatrick is the recipient.

The weekend of events support the foundation’s commitment to education. Funding funnels through three channels: corrective education, community education and continuing education.

“All of this activity is done to raise money for the activities that we are doing as a foundation in education,” Johnson said. “Community education, [with] our Black Lives Matter Charlotte initiative, where we have convening sessions with the community on issues that are impacting the African American community more so than other communities in this area. Our Top Senior program is our continuing education program, where we give two scholarships to honor two top seniors out of over 800 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools seniors who apply for the funds, but all of the top seniors who apply are honored with an event at the end of the school year.

“Finally, our corrective education is an after school program at Walter G. Byers Elementary School, where we take children who are far behind grade-level proficiency, put them in a program to help them get to grade-level proficiency.”

For more information about the banquet: https://asoft8281.accrisoft.com/postfound/events/2019/10/05/non-profit-fundraiser/2019-post-best-banquet/

For more information about the golf tournament: https://asoft8281.accrisoft.com/postfound/events/2019/10/04/non-profit-fundraiser/post-foundation-s-4th-annual-golf-tournament/

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