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Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission Annual Community Recognition Awards Reception

Post Date:02/19/2019 3:17 PM

(Fayetteville, N.C.) — On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission (FCHRC) will recognize the recipients of its 2019 Community Award Winners for their excellent work and commitment to promoting positive human relations throughout the community. Among this year’s recipients is Fayetteville Fire Chief Benjamin Major. Chief Major, who is retiring at the end of February, is being recognized with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for a body of work spanning over 20 years that promoted the betterment of his community and its residents. 

The other Community Award Winners are:

  • Tionna N. Mitchell, in the category of Youth Award. Among other volunteerism, Ms. Mitchell organized and assembled hygiene kits for persons experiencing homelessness in Fayetteville.
  • Faith Boehmer, in the category of Humanitarian Award. Ms. Boehmer organized approximately 100 volunteers who provided assistance in informing the community of issues associated with child abuse, including, but not limited to, its effects, as well as how to recognize, report and prevent it.
  • Marc Anthony Sweezy, in the category of Individual Award. Mr. Sweezy is the Vice-President of Life Changing Mentoring, where he uses his personal life experiences in his positive and passionate mission of helping at-risk youth and young adults.
  • Compare Foods Fayetteville, in the category of Business Award. For the past three years, Compare Foods has been the top sponsor of the International Folk Festival. Since 2017, Compare Foods has donated more than $15,000 to the FCHRC Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Scholarship Fund through the Annual Recognition Awards Reception, thus demonstrating a true commitment to the youth of the Cumberland County Schools system. 
  • Gemette McEachern, in the category of Educator Award. Principal McEachern emphasizes family, community and building a strong village that supports children to thrive.
  • Staff Sergeant Lucas J. Flanagan, in the category of Military Award. Staff Sergeant Flanagan instituted a “Scout in Need Program,” which offers children of low-income families the ability to have a scout experience through scholarships and/or grants.
  • Dr. Floyd Wicker, Jr., in the category of Religious Leader Award. Dr. Wicker, who teaches “love thy neighbor and help those less fortunate,” leads a prison ministry and provides hope to persons who have been incarcerated.
  • Fayetteville Fire and Emergency Management Department, in the category of Organizational Award.  The department created the “Firefighters are Our Friend” program in grades K-3 in the Cumberland County Schools and have been active participants in large diversity events, including the International Folk Festival. Additionally, the department has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts over the years, benefitting all residents without regard to race, gender, national origin or socioeconomic status. 

Special thanks to the volunteers who served as the review panel of the nominations: Robert Hines, President & CEO of the United Way of Cumberland County; Robin Sanders, Specialist with Cumberland Residential Employment Training (CREST); and Raviella E. Musser, Fayetteville-Cumberland Community Youth Council Representative.

Award winners will be celebrated at the Annual Community Recognition Awards Reception on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Metropolitan Room, located at 109 Green St., Fayetteville. Tickets are available for $25 at the Human Relations Department, located in the Festival Park Plaza building, at 225 Ray Ave., first floor, Ste. 160, Fayetteville.

For more information, please call (910) 433-1696 or email


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