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The Day I Finally Met Dale F. Halton | The Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund

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If you are an alumni of UNC Charlotte you have heard the name Dale F. Halton somewhere between once and a million times.  At the very least, you have probably attended an event at the Halton arena.  On Saturday, May 6, I was finally able to put a face with a name (or building).
The Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund (CHASF) hosted its Annual Gala at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Uptown Charlotte. The annual spring gala, now in its second year, raised funds to support college-bound students living in Charlotte’s public housing and honored several community partners for their commitment to the Scholarship Fund.
Dale F. Halton, well known for being the former President and CEO of Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Charlotte, has made philanthropy a way of life and is a 20 year supporter of CHASF. She received The Founder’s Award. She looked stunning and received a standing ovation on her way to the stage to make her acceptance speech.

Dale F. Halton, well known for being the former President and CEO of Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Charlotte, has made philanthropy a way of life and is a 20 year supporter of CHASF. Photo Credit: Daniel Coston 

The Mission Award was presented to the Carolina Panthers for their patronage and partnership with CHASF which made significant contributions to its mission of assisting Charlotte youth and their families to afford college.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts and CHASF Executive Director Aisha Strothers. Photo Credit: Daniel Coston 

One of the touching moments of the evening was the mother/son duo, Toi and Javari Parks who spoke at the event.

Student/Alumni Speakers Toi Parks and Javari Parks who are also mother and son. Photo Credit: Daniel Coston 

CHASF was founded in 1983 by John T. Crawford, and its mission is to make certain that every child living in Charlotte’s public housing communities has both the opportunity for and expectation of a college education. Because Charlotte is currently ranked number 50 out of 50 largest U.S. cities for the disadvantaged to advance economically, this makes the important work that CHASF does integral to ensure that students who benefit from the organization’s programs-providing financial aid, mentoring and guidance-are helping teens and young adults in our local community beat the odds. For the past 34 years, more than three million dollars have been awarded to students; the scholarship fund is administered by Foundation For The Carolinas.

CHASF founder John T. Crawford (right). Photo Credit: Daniel Coston 

Interested in making a donation? Visit the Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund’s website.

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