The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce and Wake Forest Chamber Foundation has recognized Carolyn Furr, a former and the longest-tenured employee, for her dedication and commitment to the Chamber and the Town of Wake Forest by establishing a scholarship in her name.
The Carolyn Furr Community Scholarship allows a local civic volunteer, educator and/or local fire, police or emergency medical services worker to attend the Chamber Foundation's signature Leadership Wake Forest training program. Battalion Chief Matthew Strawbridge of the Wake Forest Fire Department has been named the first scholarship recipient.
Mrs. C, as she was known, served as the Chamber's executive assistant from 1999 to 2016, and held myriad responsibilities from setting up ribbon cuttings, selling memberships, planning and organizing the annual Adult Spelling Bee, to answering visitor queries and selling approximately 1,000 of the infamous Reverse Raffle tickets, culminating in more than $100,000 in Chamber proceeds. In addition to having been a Chamber powerhouse, Carolyn was a strong community proponent, serving on various town committees and civic organizations.
Family, friends, local community volunteers and former Chamber employees praised Carolyn's work ethic and contributions to the community at a reception in her honor. Mark Fleming, a former Chamber Executive Director, stated that "Mrs. C was a pleasure to work with and always had a way of convincing our local businesses to remain a viable part of the Chamber."
Funding for the Carolyn Furr Community Scholarship has begun with more than $4,000 pledged and/or contributed to date. Donations to the yearly scholarship valued at $500 are tax-deductible. To contribute, please visit: here or make a check payable to "Wake Forest Chamber Foundation," and add in the memo section Community Scholarship. Mail all checks to the Wake Forest Chamber Foundation, 350 White St., Wake Forest, NC 27587.