Celebrate the Stars of Education in Wake County

October 10, 2018

5:00-8:00 pm | Raleigh Marriott City Center

Stars of Education

Stars of Education, presented by PNC Bank, is an annual awards gala dinner to celebrate and honor those who form the backbone of a strong public education system in Wake County. This event is WakeEd’s largest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds going to support our mission and program of work each day.


Stars of Education 2018 will be hosted by WRAL’s Ken Smith!¬†This year we are proud to present two prestigious awards in education – the Vernon Malone Friend of Education Award and the Dr. Robert E. Bridges Lifetime Achievement Award – to members of our community who have dedicated their lives and careers to improving public education. Seven outstanding educators, alumni, and community leaders will also be inducted into the Wake County Public School System Hall of Fame. We will also celebrate WakeEd’s programs and teacher leaders, including our SummerSTEM coaches and Teacher Innovation Grant recipients for the impact they have made in Wake County Public Schools.

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Dr. Robert E. Bridges Lifetime Achievement Award

Jim Goodmon

Chairman and CEO of Capitol Broadcasting Company

Vernon Malone Friend of Education Award

Easter Maynard

Director of the ChildTrust Foundation
Director of Charitable Giving for IMC

Wake County Public School System Hall of Fame

2018 Inductees


Lauren Kennedy Brady


Kathy Stefanou


Alex Holmes

Community Service

Linda Johnson


Diane Payne


Terrence Holt & Torry Holt

Sponsorship Opportunities

To purchase a Host Table Sponsorship, which includes six tickets to the event, or to learn more about other sponsorship opportunities, please contact Laura Williford, Director of Development, at (919)821-0364 or lwilliford@wakeed.org. 

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Vernon Malone Friend of Education Award Sponsor

Wake County Public School System Hall of Fame Sponsor

Reception Sponsor

Registration Sponsor

Print Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Community Partner Sponsors

Stars Among Us Sponsors

In Kind Sponsors

Host Sponsors

A.J. Fletcher Foundation

Alfred Williams & Company



Capitol Broadcasting Company

Carruthers Consulting

Coastal Credit Union

Communities in Schools Wake County


Gilbane Building Company


Investors Management Corporation

Kane Realty Company



North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation

NC State University – College of Education

Paragon Bank



The CW22

The Kennedy Family

Triangle Community Foundation

WakeMed Health and Hospitals

Wake Tech Community College

William Peace University

Xenith Bank

York Properties/McDonald York Building Company