First Bank Vice President, Andrew Lyons, local attorney and dinner speaker, Frank Thigpen and the chairperson of the Moore County Community Foundation, Russell Suggs join forces to discuss the upcoming dinner to be held at the Pinehurst Member’s Club on Oct. 24th as well as share their stories about this years recipients, Hugh Bingham of First Bank and Friend to Friend Executive Director, Anne Friesen.

The Moore County Community Foundation is a growing family of philanthropic funds, source of grants for local causes and partner for donors. MCCF was founded in 1991 and is led by a local volunteer advisory board that helps build community assets through the creation of permanent endowments, makes grants and leverages leadership – all for the benefit of Moore County.

The MCCF, through the NC Community Foundation, makes it easy to become a philanthropist, whatever your means or charitable goals. You can open an endowment for your favorite cause at any time – or contribute to an existing fund in any amount.

The MCCF board advises the Moore County Community Fund, the unrestricted community grantmaking fund, to support local needs. This competitive grants program is held annually. Because advisory board members live and work in Moore County, they can leverage resources to help meet local needs and access opportunities.


The 7th Annual ShamRock ‘N Roll Road Race to benefit Moore County Schools

shamrocknroll1On Saturday, March 14, 2015 the Village of Whispering Pines, will host the 7th annual ShamRock ‘N Roll Road Race benefiting Moore County Public
Schools. Last March over 100 volunteers worked together to make the 1 mile, 5k and 10K distance races enjoyable for the approximately 1,000
participants who gathered from across the country. Since inception, the race has contributed over $50,000 to further its mission.

shamrocknroll2Event Director Jill Saunders will be partnering with the Public Education Foundation of Moore County , & guest Andrew Lyons to allow for proceeds to benefit students and teachers through grants.

The mission of the Public Education Foundation is to encourage excellent educational practices in Moore County public schools by providing financial
support and recognition for creative, engaging learning experiences. As an added incentive to our community’s youth, all kindergarten through 12th
grade students and faculty in Moore County, public and private, are eligible to receive discounted registration fees.

shamrocknroll3Once again, the event is a feature race in the very popular spring Sandhills Race Series, presented by the First Health Center for Health and Fitness.
The ShamRock ‘N Roll has become a Moore County favorite and has been successful because of community support. Many individuals and businesses
support the race financially and we invite others to build on that support. Sponsors are recognized with logo placement on race shirts as well as on
other promo materials. More event and sponsor information can be found by visiting or

Registration online at by clicking on or download the paper form at

Jill Saunders
Event director


Are You Smarter Than a Moore County 5th Grader

Patrick Coughlin (President and CEO of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce) and Andrew Lyons (VP of First Bank), board members of the Public Education Foundation of Moore County (PEF) join host Bill Sahadi of Fore Properties to discuss PEF’s fundraiser, Are You Smarter Than a Moore County Schools 5th Grader. The 2nd annual event will be held Thursday, November 15 from 6-8pm at the Robert E. Lee Auditorium at Pinecrest High School.

Andrew and Pat with kids

Special guests on the show include two of the 12 elementary school teams competing on November 15. Representing Southern Pines Elementary are Jada Harrington, JT Mayo and Caleb Nocton. Team members from Pinehurst Elementary are Ava Booker, Noah Lyons and Claire Murden. Teams from Sandhiills Farm Life and Westmoore Elementary will be back to defend their crown.

These 5th graders are all special young people who have earned the right to be part of this important fundraiser. Their organization, preparation and skill sets will make all Moore County residents proud of the type of students that the Moore County Schools are developing and nuturing.

These 5th graders will inspire you as they did all the adult participants in this radio show.

Crazy Andrew and Pat with kids


Patrick Coughlin, the Moore County Chamber of Commerce President, and First Bank’s Andrew Lyons, the Chamber’s Vice Chairman of Community Development and President of the Public Education Foundation discuss Leadership initiatives by the Chamber under their guidance. Some of the programs discussed are Junior Achievement, the Educator Leadership Institute, connecting academics to practical application, and the upcoming November fundraiser, “Are you smarter than a Moore County School’s 5th grader?, which supports the Public Education Foundation for our local teachers. As our world continues to change at a frenetic pace, the discussion of these initiatives as a community based directive gives our local students, work force and citizens a chance to prepare for the changes in our local and global work environment.


First Bank Vice President, Andrew Lyons and Mortgage Specialist, Ginny Webb join Bill Sahadi to discuss the many facets of refinancing your home in 2012.  With interest rates at historic lows and a rush for many to refinance and secure lower rates on their largest asset, this primer will go a long way to outlining the terrain of refinancing and what homeowners can expect if they start this important process.