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Columbus Industries’ Participant Greets Customers with a Smile

CROPPED Dawn Fowler for WebsiteAmid the hectic bustle of the lunch crowd ordering their familiar favorites, Dawn Fowler ensures that the Whiteville McDonald’s dining room is five-star.

Fowler, who has not missed a day of work since hired, is known for her characteristic smile. “She is always so happy,” testifies McDonald’s Manager Letha Hancock, placing an arm around Fowler’s shoulder. “That certainly is a plus when working in the dining room.”

Hired in June following an application and interview process, Fowler, 30, admits she was a little nervous during the interview process.

“The manager asked me questions about what I would do in certain work situations,” she remembers. Her experience working at another McDonald’s location in High Point, before moving to Whiteville, provided her with knowledge and experience to correctly answer the questions.

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Monarch Receives Award from National Public Relations Group for Video Campaign

PRSA Award for WebsiteMonarch’s Marketing and Communications department was awarded a first place Crown Award during the annual Public Relations Society of America’s Charlotte Chapter Queen City PR Awards presentation. Monarch’s “HEROES” campaign won in the nonprofit/government video category.

The Queen City PR Awards recognize practitioners who, in the judgment of their professional peers, have successfully researched, planned, implemented and evaluated communication campaigns with exemplary professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness.

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​Stanly Industrial Services Pair Shows Perseverance Pays Off with Community Service

IMG 2043Tracy Roberts and Chris Bauer are making a difference in their community while at the same time overcoming the difficulties of living with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS).

PWS is known as a complex genetic disorder most noted for a chronic feeling of hunger that can lead to excessive eating and obesity, according to the national Prader-Willi Syndrome Association.

In some cases, a PWS-like disorder can happen if the hypothalamus portion of the brain becomes damaged through injury or surgery. National statistics indicate that one in 12,000 are diagnosed with PWS. Although considered a rare disorder, PWS is one of the most common conditions seen in genetic clinics and most common genetic cause of obesity.

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Monarch, Partners Host Free Community Screenings of “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” Film on Nov. 8

Kevin Hines2Monarch, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the System of Care Collaborative of Mecklenburg are sponsoring a free screening of “Suicide: The Ripple Effect,” on Thursday, Nov. 8. Two showings will take place at Northwest School of the Arts, 1415 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Any community member interested in attending either showtime can reserve their space here through Eventbrite. Following the screening, a brief question-and-answer session will be held with a panel of community resource and mental health experts.

The film chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who at age 19, attempted suicide by jumping from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The film is part of a global mission to help reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts worldwide. Through sharing stories of survival and recovery, significant awareness is being created surrounding this health crisis, while helping people find the support needed to heal and live.

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Monarch Creative Arts and Community Center Launches Art Gallery to Showcase Participants’ Works

Cropped Ribbon CuttingBeautiful hues of carefully crafted pottery were neatly displayed among creative artwork hanging on the walls of Monarch Creative Arts and Community Center’s newly opened “Monarch Gallery: Where Art Takes Flight.”

Showcasing creativity was the theme during MCACC’s reception introducing the community gallery on Thursday, Nov. 1, to over 75 community leaders, program participants, families and community members in attendance.

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