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Longtime volunteers honored with Power of Giving Community Impact Awards


Four longtime community volunteers were recognized Wednesday as CityView's Power of Giving Community Impact Awards were presented at a luncheon at Segra Stadium.

The awards, sponsored by the Fayetteville Public Works Commission, honored Vera Bell, Ruby Murray, and Wes and Lucy Jones.

State Sen. Kirk deViere was the keynote speaker. He emphasized the importance of healing and working together as a community.

CityView publisher Tony Chavonne and editor Lorry Williams presided over the program.

“We at CityView celebrate days like this, when we have the opportunity to share the inspiring stories of special people making a difference in our community — not just with words, but with their deeds,” Chavonne said.

Vera Bell has volunteered with United Way, Connections of Cumberland County, Better Health of Cumberland County, Smith Chapel Free Will Baptist Church and other organizations. She is a former Fayetteville police officer and was the first woman promoted to lieutenant in the department.

Wes and Lucy Jones have worked with the Cumberland Community Foundation, Methodist University, Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation, Connections of Cumberland County and the Women’s Giving Circle. Wes Jones practiced medicine with Cape Fear Valley Health and privately.

Ruby Murray, a JROTC instructor at South View High School, has logged thousands of hours of community service and is recognized for inspiring her students to share her passion for giving back.

For more on the award recipients, check out CityView's November issue.

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