Celebrate the Stars of Education in Wake County

October 16, 2019

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

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.


In 2019, we are proud to present the prestigious Vernon Malone Friend of Education Award to Dale Jenkins, a member of the Wake County community who has dedicated his life to improving public education in North Carolina. Six outstanding educators, alumni, and community leaders will also be inducted into the Wake County Public School System Hall of Fame. This year we will also spotlight WakeEd’s programs and teacher leaders, including our SummerSTEM coaches, for the impact they have made in Wake County Public Schools.


When: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 (5:00-8:00pm)
*5:00 – Registration & Networking Reception | 5:50 – Dinner & Program
Where: Raleigh Marriott City Center (500 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27601)
Parking: If you would like to valet park, you can input the hotel address: 500 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. Valet parking is $18 per day. If you would like to park in the parking deck attached to the hotel, you can use the following address: 100 West Lenoir Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. Please note that the event is in the ballroom of the Raleigh Marriott City Center, not the Raleigh Convention Center, though the parking deck will give you access to both. Self-parking is $3 per hour – maximum of $12 per day.
Recommended Dress: Business Professional or Cocktail Attire
*There will be an open-air photobooth, sponsored by Curi, set up for you and your guests to take photos during the reception.

2019 Honorees

Vernon Malone Friend of Education Award

Dale Jenkins

Chief Executive Officer, Curi

Wake County Public School System Hall of Fame

2019 Inductees


Chuck Davis


Vickie Peoples


Roddy Jones

Community Service

Rosa Gill


Dr. Del Burns


Neal Fowler

Thank You to Our 2019 Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Vernon Malone Friend of Education Award Sponsor

Vernon Malone Friend of Education Award Sponsor

Wake County Public School System Hall of Fame Sponsor

Wake County Public School System Hall of Fame Sponsor

Teacher Education Sponsor

Teacher Education Sponsor

Print Sponsor

Reception Sponsor

Registration Sponsor

Photobooth Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Community Partner Sponsors

Ann & Ron Wooten

Stars Among Us Sponsors

In Kind Sponsors

Host Sponsors

A.J. Fletcher Foundation

Alfred Williams & Company

Atlantic Union Bank



Capital Associated Industries

Carruthers Consulting



Kane Realty


NC State University College of Education


The CW22

Towne Bank

William Peace University

York Properties/McDonald York Building Company