RALEIGH, N.C. — Equality North Carolina Foundation has announced its legislative and champion awardees for 2012. They, along with keynote speaker Rev. William J. Barber, who will receive a special award for his efforts against Amendment One, will be honored at the Nov. 17 Gala event held at the Empire Room, 203 S. Elm St., on Nov. 17, 6:30-10 p.m.

The Student Leadership Award will go to Sammi Kiley.

The Legislative Leadership Award recipient is Rep. Larry Hall (Dist. 29), Durham, N.C.

The Bob Page Equality Champions, awarded in five geographic regions are: Charlotte Region: Chris McLeod and Krista Tillman, Charlotte, N.C.; Eastern Region: Sherre Toler, Wilmington, N.C.; Triad Region: Rev. Julie Peeples, Greensboro, N.C. Triangle Region: Pam Spaulding, Durham, N.C. Western Region: Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Asheville, N.C.

Earlier in the day, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., the Equality Conference will take place at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Elliott Center. Workshops include, but are not limited to, “Using local grassroots efforts to build safer learning communities in NC;” “Rural organizing in the south;” “Faith-based reconciliation: reaching out and reaching in;” and “Overcoming diversity challenges in the LGBT community.”

For rates, registration and information, visit equalitync.org.

Lainey Millen

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