Elizabeth O’Brien is currently Miss Moore County and an honor student at High Point University. Her community service work is exemplary. She is embarking on the Miss North Carolina competition on June 22nd. Keegan Foyles is a recent honors graduate of Pinecrest High School and is embarking on a full scholarship to Methodist University for choral music and lacrosse this fall.
Together these two gifted young ladies share the story of their families, their inspirations, their aspirations, and the driving forces and formulas that have put them in a position for success. Their courage, commitment, resolve, and heart serve as an excellent example for all students coming up behind them.
Victory Junction offers a year-round camp experience for children with serious and chronic illnesses. It is located on 84 acres in Level Cross, near Randleman, NC, about a one-hour drive from Moore County.
The camp was the dream of Adam Petty, a fourth generation race car driver from the famous Petty racing family. Between races, Adam often visited children in pediatric hospitals. After his tragic death in a racing accident, his family and friends came together to realize his dream.
Victory Junction opened its gates in 2004. The camp serves children from all over the United States through its summer programming and also Family Weekends — at no cost to families.
Victory Junction is part of the Serious Fun Network, formerly known as the Hole in the Wall Gang camps, founded by the actor Paul Newman. It was Newman’s idea to create a free camp where kids could escape the fear and isolation of their medical conditions and, in his words, “raise a little hell.” Today there are over 30 of these medically-safe camps and programs around the world.
About Lindsay Douglass
Lindsay Douglass is a junior at Pinecrest High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society, a varsity cheerleader, and a member of the Pinecrest Speech & Debate team.
Lindsay is also a former camper at Victory Junction and was appointed to be a volunteer ambassador as the Victory Junction Princess of North Carolina. The Princess of North Carolina is a statewide program sponsoring more than a dozen preliminary pageants. Its state queens support and promote Victory Junction, and to-date have raised over $300,000 for the camp.
Lindsay is the organization’s 3rd Victory Junction Princess. She is spending her year attending special events, visiting children’s hospitals, speaking to groups, and fundraising for Victory Junction.
About Kathie and Mark Parson
Kathie Parson and her husband, Mark, of Southern Pines-based Mark Wesley Parson Design, first met the Petty family through the Kyle Petty Charity Ride. It was also during one of these annual fundraising motorcycle rides that the couple discovered and fell in love with Pinehurst and Southern Pines.
Kathie served five years as marketing manager of Petty Enterprises, at their office near the Charlotte Motor Speedway. She came to regard the Petty’s as part of her extended family and was with them when Adam Petty was killed in New Hampshire during a practice run.
It was Kathie who secured the first telephone number for Victory Junction.
Mark Parson has also been actively involved with the Petty family, most recently designing the Lynda Petty Memorial Garden in Level Cross.
About Julianne and Brian Clodfelter
Julianne Clodfelter and her husband, Brian, of West End-based Rhetson Companies and Par 5 Development, believe that it is important to give back not only as a company, but as individuals. From the very beginning, they were inspired by the work of Victory Junction — even before they ever stepped foot on the grounds — and have given generously to support the camp’s programs.
Earlier this year, the Clodfelters brought their professional team to camp, serving as the general contractor for a new 6,000 square foot indoor archery range — funded through a $500,000 gift from the Smithfield Foundation — that allows campers year-round “weather proof” fun.
Frank McNeill is running for the congressional seat in the 8th District in North Carolina.
Frank has been a life long resident of Moore County who graduated from Pinecrest High School in 1974 and Appalachian State in 1978 with a BS in Business Administration. Frank is currently the President of McNeill Oil Company, a three generation family owned business.
He has served as Mayor of Aberdeen, was a member of the Aberdeen Town Board and the Board of Education.
Frank and his wife Susan have three daughters and 3 grandsons. Currently he is the President of the Aberdeen Lions Club, a former vice chair and treasurer of the Moore County Democratic Party, and a past director of the Sandhills Area Chamber of Commerce.
Frank outlines his hopes, his dreams and his vision for the people of the 8th district, stretching from Fayetteville to Concord on the doorstep of Charlotte. The district includes all of Moore, Hoke, Montgomery, Stanly & Cabarrus counties and part of Cumberland and Rowan counties.
It’s his values and his vision of fairness, borne out of a lifelong record of public service, that comes shining through in this candid video of one of Moore County’s own.
Calli Brielle McIntyre is a high school honor student at Pinecrest High School and the reigning Miss Moore County’s Outstanding Teen in the Miss North Carolina Scholarship program.
She is an accomplished dancer, actress, singer and community activist. Calli leads with her heart and her ‘old soul’.
Her Platform for this coming year is Food Allergies. She has written a book, The Anteater that Couldn’t Eat Ants, to drive her point home. Her own peanut allergy, discovered early on, gave her the impetus to write this book as an 8th grader!
Currently she is working with State Representative Jamie Boles to help pass House Bill 520 to require restaurants to more properly prepare for occurrences of food allergies in their established place of business.
Her resume of theatrical accomplishments, spanning 11 years, and her leadership role as Founder/Director of Crowning Purpose, Inc. www.crowningpurpose.org speaks to her passion, her grit and her heart.
As you’ll hear, Calli is fearless, confident, gracious, articulate, loving, disciplined and focused. In 9 years of hosting All Things Moore County, I am hard pressed to recall anyone of her age more impressive or endearing.
The Pinecrest Choral Program will be hosting world-renowned composer Eric Whitacre for a three day residency, beginning on October 24th, 2011. Choir Director Erin Plisco discusses the exciting details of the event, along with four of the program’s students: Carina Houseman, Zamir Sealy, Logan Williams, and Katherine Burrow. The final concert will be held on Wednesday, October 26th, at 7pm at Robert E Lee Auditorium at Pinecrest High School. General Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ncmcs.org/pch or through the Moore County Arts Council. More information on Eric Whitacre can be found at www.ericwhitacre.com