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By Todd Cohen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina has launched its annual campaign with a goal of raising $60,000, up from $50,000 last year.

The campaign, chaired by John Chapman, vice president of sales for Kennametal Corp. in Greensboro, plans to contact more than 700 area businesses by mail, with the organization’s 20 board members each visiting 10 local businesses, says Cyndy Hayworth, president.

Formed in 1965, the local chapter of Colorado-based Junior Achievement International provides business education to students in kindergarten through 12th grade in Guilford, Randolph and Alamance counties.

The chapter’s programs reach nearly 11,000 students a year in more than 350 classrooms.

Junior Achievement will hold its annual Business Leaders Hall of Fame dinner October 28 at The Empire Room in Greensboro.

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, CEO and owner of Pace Communications in Greensboro, chair of the American Red Cross and former U.S. ambassador to Finland, is this year’s Hall of Fame inductee.

McElveen-Hunter will receive an award designed by Steuben and presented by Thomas Haggai, CEO of High Point-based IGA, the supermarket chain with $21 billion a year in sales.

Keynote speaker will be Joe Mullin, pastor emeritus of First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro.

The chapter also been selected by the American Express Foundation as a recipient of a $600 Volunteer Action Fund grant, and has been awarded the “Gold Summit Award” by Junior Achievement International recognizing outstanding success in financial health, program quality, management effectiveness and program growth.

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