Event proceeds to fund community service projects

Published 6:13 pm Monday, June 6, 2016

A group of community servants are inviting residents of three counties to an event that raises funds to help those in need.

For the last seven years, Positive People in Action has helped people in the community through its outreach. Saturday, the organization will host its biggest annual fundraiser at Yankee Hall Plantation.

The group was started in Martin County with mostly family members, who joined together to do things such as help the homeless and fire victims who have lost homes and property, among other things, according to Joyce Moore. The group’s efforts, which encompass Beaufort, Martin and Pitt counties, are the vision of Ralph Corey, who currently serves as its president.

“We do it because of our love of people, and we wanted to let individuals and groups and others know that what they do is important within the community,” Moore said. “We just want to be a blessing to others. We have a passion for the homeless. We just want to help people, not just during the holidays, but also throughout the year. A lot of times when someone gets their house burned down or is in need of food or clothing, we try to reach out to them as best we can.”

The banquet will feature entertainment in the form of a comedian from Washington, D.C., and the Seventh Hour Groovers, a Motown band from Rocky Mount, according to Moore.

Positive People will recognize Judge Regina Parker as the George Hawkins Community Service Award recipient. The award was created last year in memory of George Hawkins, a community servant in the Martin County.

Parker is a 1985 graduate of Williamston High School, and after graduating from law school, served as a clerk of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and became the first African-American to serve as a district attorney (Mecklenburg County) and as Court of Appeals judge in North Carolina. She was appointed by Governor Jim Hunt in February 2001, and became the first African-American and woman to serve as a District Court judge in North Carolina’s Second Judicial District, which encompasses Martin, Beaufort, Tyrrell, Hyde and Washington counties.

While on the bench for the last 15 years, Parker has also dedicated herself to serving the community by sitting on several committees such as the Juvenile Crime and Prevention Committee, Martin County’s Economic Development Commission, the Martin County Boys & Girls Club Committee and the statewide North Carolina Courts Commission, according to a press release from Positive People.

Moore said the organization will also recognize the legal systems in its three-county service area for their service to each system’s respective community.

“(The event) is important to us because we just wanted to show people in the legal system that we’re supporting them,” Moore said. “We know they do great things. We wanted to show our appreciation and let them know their outreach and their community service is appreciated.”

Tickets are for sale at $30 per person or $50 per couple. Table sponsorships can be purchased for $380 per table. The event is set for Saturday, from 4-8 p.m. at Yankee Hall Plantation in Greenville.

For tickets, contact Joyce Moore at 252-944-6390.