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Lynn Daniels named Philanthropist of the Year

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SMITHFIELD — Johnston Community College and its foundation have named Lynn Daniels their 2020 Philanthropist of the Year.

A Smithfield resident, Daniels is active in a number of nonprofits, including the Junior Women’s League, the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce, the Johnston County Tourism Authority, Alpha International Ministries, the Business Women’s Network and the Johnston Health Foundation

“She cares deeply for those in need and works tirelessly to help others,” said Sol Haliburton, head of the Johnston Health Foundation.

Daniels received the award during the second annual Linda Vann Women’s Society Luncheon at The Farm near Selma.

“Daniels strives to benefit the lives of others through hands-on service in several non-profit organizations,” the college said in a news release. “Not only does she dedicate time and skill, but she also supports these organizations financially.”

Other nominees for this year’s award were Cleo McKinnon of Benson; Belle Allen, Lisa Bland and Addie Rawls, all of Clayton; Janet Daughtry, Dr. Dicky Parrish and Anne Peedin, all of Selma; and Michelle Brownlee of Smithfield.

In addition to presenting the philanthropist award, the college and its foundation welcomed 15 new members of the Linda Vann Lassiter Women’s Society. They were Grifols, HH Architecture, Dr. and Mrs. Eric Janis, Donnie Lassiter, Mr. and Mrs. Eric Brownlee, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Orr, Mr. and Mrs. John Parrish, Mr. and Mrs. Josh Thompson, Joey Creech, Faye Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. David E. Lee, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Massey, Twyla C. Wells and Tina Winbourne.  

The college’s foundation created the Linda Vann Lassiter Women’s Society after her untimely death in December 2018. The Lassiter family has given generously to the college over the years, and Linda Lassiter served on many advisory boards at JCC.

The Women’s Society consists of three programs: mentoring, honoring, and scholarship. The overall goal of the Linda Vann Lassiter Women’s Society is an endowment valued at $75 million. To learn how to support the endowment, call the college foundation at 919-209-2222.