Henderson County Education Foundation was awarded the Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award at the 97th annual Henderson County Chamber of Commerce dinner and awards ceremony. Summer Stipe, HCEF Executive Director, said she was “honored to accept this award on behalf of the staff, board, donors, community partners, schools, and volunteers that have supported the Leader in Me initiative over the last three years.”

The Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award is given to a person or group that demonstrates outstanding volunteerism and community service. HCEF was chosen for their expansion of Leader in Me in the Henderson County Public Schools district, growing the footprint from two to 10 schools in three years. Leader in Me is based on the FranklinCovey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and is a school improvement process that teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students while creating a culture of empowerment. More information about the Henderson County initiative can be found on the HCEF website.

Summer Stipe (middle) pictured with Dan Poeta, past HCEF Board President and driving force behind the Leader in Me initiative, and Molly McGowan Gorsuch, Public Information Officer for HCPS & HCEF Board Member


HCEF board celebrating the receipt of the Duke Energy Citizenship & Award.

Blue Ridge Now covered the event and articles and photos can be found here: Business, community leaders honored at annual Henderson County Chamber awards.