County education foundation holds Sweet Salute
MONROE – The Union County Education Foundation will hold the fifth annual Sweet Salute celebration to recognize the recipients of their senior scholarship.
Students were required to write an essay about an influential UCPS teacher and recipients of the scholarship create a surprise video tribute to the teacher. The event is the grand reveal of these videos.
A panel of judges will choose the top three students who they think had the most creative and sentimental video and award them additional money.
The free event will be held May 16 at the Wingate University Batte Center. The reception will start at 6:30 p.m. and the videos debut at 7 p.m. Guests can indulge in light appetizers, desserts and a candy bar.
Register at www.ucedfoundation.org by May 14. Seats are limited to 165 guests.
Black Lives Matter co-founder coming to Wingate University
WINGATE – One of three founders of Black Lives Matter, Opal Tometi will bring her message of activism to Wingate University during a question-and-answer session hosted by WBTV’s Dedrick Russell.
The free event starts at 7 p.m. April 23 in the Batte Center’s McGee Theatre.
Tometi is the executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, a nonprofit founded in 2006 to help African American and black immigrant communities combat immigration bills being considered in Congress.
Tometi is best known for her role with BLM, which was sparked by the February 2012 fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of his shooter.
What began as a #BlackLivesMatter online campaign has grown into a member-led network of more than 40 chapters.
Dunkin’ opens in Indian Trail with next-generation design
INDIAN TRAIL – Dunkin’ will open its new restaurant at 6405 Old Monroe Road, featuring the brand’s next-generation design, with a modern atmosphere and innovative technologies, including a drive-thru exclusively for mobile ordering.
To celebrate the opening and franchisee George Ross’ 51st store, the restaurant will host a grand opening event April 12. Doors open at 5 a.m. to award free coffee for a year to the first five customers in line, $20 gift cards for the next 46, and free samples of Nitro from the innovative new tap system and Dunkin’ swag to all.
Beginning at 6 a.m. KISS 95.1’s “MRL Morning Show” will broadcast live. Festivities include appearances by Dunkin’ mascots and a ribbon cutting at 8 a.m. with Mayor Michael Alvarez.