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Golden Leaf taps new VP – Headed NC REAL

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By Todd Cohen

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — The Golden Leaf Foundation in Rocky Mount has named a vice president for programs, and plans to go on the road this month to brief nonprofits throughout the state on its funding plans.

Overseeing the foundation’s grants programs will be Mark Sorrells, executive director of Durham-based NC REAL Enterprises.

Sorrells, who starts work May 10, has headed NC REAL for two years, and for eight years before that was associate director for the nonprofit, which works with community colleges, high schools and community-based groups to boost entrepreneurialism, mainly in rural, poor and minority communities.

Sorrells — who has been based in Waynesville in Western North Carolina, owns a nearby merchandise store and previously taught at Haywood Community College — will move to Rocky Mount.

Golden Leaf, which is scheduled to get $2.3 billion over 25 years from the $206 billion settlement between 46 states and the tobacco industry, will hold two weeks of briefings starting May 18.

Foundation officials tentatively are scheduled to visit Clyde, Dublin, Elizabeth City, Jamestown, Kinston, Mooresville, Morganton and  Raleigh.

August 1 is the next deadline for submitting grants to the foundation, which has set agriculture, education and economic development as its funding priorities.

For information, call the foundation at 1-888-684-0404.

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