3/21/16 (Raleigh,NC) – Ron Hines, of Raleigh, co-owner of Cafe Carolina and Bakery was presented with the James Long Commitment to Excellence Award by Special Olympics North Carolina during a Special Olympics North Carolina Board of Directors meeting at the organization’s headquarters in Cary on Thursday, March 17, according to Special Olympics North Carolina President/CEO, Keith L. Fishburne.
Ron Hines became involved with Special Olympics North Carolina in 2010 as part of Cafe Carolina and Bakery’s sponsorship of the Over the Edge fundraiser benefitting Special Olympics NC. However, his support of people with intellectual disabilities goes further back. Hines grew up with a cousin with an intellectual disability so he knew the abilities that people with an ID have. He championed the effort to hire people with intellectual disabilities in several of his career positions including now as the co-owner of Cafe Carolina, where many Special Olympics athletes work.
Cafe Carolina and Bakery has raised more than $132,000 for Special Olympics NC through a unique cookie promotion over six years of the Over the Edge fundraiser plus provided important budget-relieving support through meal donations during events.
“Ron is a true advocate for people with intellectual disabilities and we are so appreciative of his support of Special Olympics athletes and our Over the Edge fundraiser,” said Fishburne. “He encourages all his employees to give back to their community and is a great leader of one of North Carolina’s finest cafe bakeries.”
James Long was one of the founding Board members of Special Olympics North Carolina in the early 1970s and remained supportive of the Special Olympics movement throughout his life. Long was the state’s longest serving Commissioner of Insurance before his retirement in 2008. Long was among a handful of early leaders in the 1970s who were committed to making sure people with intellectual disabilities had a chance to interact with the public through sports in the communities where they lived.
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