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.

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, Teacher Innovation Grant recipients, and Beginning Teacher Leadership Network Leadership Council for the impact they have made in Wake County Public Schools.

2018 Honorees

Dr. Robert E. Bridges Lifetime Achievement Award

Jim Goodmon

Former President 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

Print Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Stars Among Us Sponsors