RALEIGH, N.C., October 20, 2016
The inaugural Easterseals UCP Champions Gala was a night to remember. The October 14th event at Bay 7 in the American Tobacco Campus in Durham brought together two influential men in our community and honored them for their impact on Easterseals UCP for over three decades.
Charlie Gaddy, the legendary news anchorman at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, NC, and Jim Goodmon, CEO and President of Capitol Broadcasting Company, made it possible for Easterseals UCP to be a part of their family by hosting our Telethon each year. Together they shared the stories of thousands of children and adults whose lives were changed through Easterseals UCP services. Their work forged a path of tolerance and understanding of people with disabilities, their struggles and triumphs.
Photos representing the telethons of the past were placed on tables at the Champions Gala to remind participants of the commitment Charlie and Jim have for Easterseals UCP. As Jim Goodmon was behind the scenes –making sure that the telethon was on the air, Charlie Gaddy was the affable host whose heart was completely stolen by every child he met on air. Charlie continues his commitment and love for children through the support of the Easterseals UCP Charlie Gaddy Child Development Center in Raleigh.
Easterseals UCP owes a debt of gratitude to Charlie’s personal champion and life partner, Nancy, for her constant support, encouragement and love not only of Charlie, but also of the community and Easterseals UCP.
Without the work of Capitol Broadcasting and WRAL’s continued commitment to people with disabilities and mental health issues in our community, the families we serve wouldn’t have the kind of support and acceptance we have in our schools, our churches, our businesses and our communities throughout the Triangle and North Carolina.
The Champions Gala honored Jim Goodman with the Charlie and Nancy Gaddy Champions Award. Other highlights include a live auction led by Ben Farrel resulting in $42,000 for Easterseals UCP programs. Guests danced the night away to the Black and Blue Experience, enjoyed a photobooth provided by Triple T Entertainment and went home with a sweet treat provided by Chapel Hill Toffee. The night was a huge success raising over $100,000 for Children and Adults in the community living with disabilities.
Special thanks to our sponsors: Labcorp, Brick Street, Clarkston Consulting, Hawthorne Capital Partners, and USI. Also, Easterseals UCP is grateful to the donors of silent auction items: The Washington Duke Inn, Neuse River Brewing, NC Theatre, Durham Performing Arts Center, DefyGravity, Marbles Kids Museum, Frankies Fun Park, Wine and Design, Wolfpack Sports Properties, Carolina Sportswear, Living Fit with Lecia, Sua Sponte Crossfit, Dr. Bruce Barker, Michael Williams, James Salon, NC Dermatology Associates, BodyLase Skin Spa, Café Tiramisu, Ruth Chris Steakhouse, The Little Dipper Fondue, Great Grapes, and Master Chang’s Martial Arts. Guests enjoyed food and wine catered by The Angus Barn.
ABOUT EASTER SEALS UCP
Easter Seals UCP is a non-profit organization serving the special needs communities in North Carolina and Virginia. Our mission is to create opportunities, promote individual choice, and change the lives of children and adults with disabilities by maximizing their individual potential to live, learn, work and play in their communities.