Marshall Encourages Dems to Continue Hard Work
Secretary of State Elaine Marshall encouraged Moore County Democrats Saturday to continue their hard work "in the face of adversity" and to share their views about health care reform with members of Congress.
Marshall, an announced candidate for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Richard Burr, was guest speaker at a luncheon fundraiser at Little River Resort and Golf Club.
The occasion honored two popular Moore County Democrats, the late Voit Gilmore, and Felton Capel, who are credited with leading the way for successful racial integration in the 1960s.
At the close of the event, the party made a $1,000 contribution to the Coalition for Human Care in honor of Capel and Gilmore.
Algene Johnson made the presentation which was accepted by Caroline Eddy, Coalition executive director.
Eddy said that the gift would be used to buy food, prevent evictions, pay utility bills and help with the utility bills of needy residents.
It was Eddy who made the presentation on behalf of Gilmore, whose family was unable to attend. She read a letter of gratitude from his wife and children, who are scattered across the United States and in Ecuador.
Capel's three sons were asked to make his presentation, but Jeff and Ken deferred that honor to their younger brother, entertainer-educator-writer Mitch Capel.
Also speaking for Capel was John (Bingo) Barringer, who kept the crowd laughing with anecdotes about the honoree's life and experiences.
Wilma Laney made the response for Gilmore, and Capel spoke briefly of his gratitude for the recognition.
More details will appear in the print version of The Pilot.
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