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Cape Fear Voices and The Teen Scene is Named 2024 Non-Profit of the Year by the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce

Cape Fear Voices/The Teen Scene

Cape Fear Voices / The Teen Scene named 2024 Non-Profit of the Year by North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce

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The mission of the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce is, “to lead and advance the economic development of our area and promote business activity that enhances the quality of life for all residents.”

Every year, the Chamber holds their annual awards dinner to highlight and celebrate those businesses who strive to enhance the quality of life for its residents in the categories of “Business of the Year, New Member of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year, Woman of the Year, Young Professional of the Year and   Entrepreneur of the Year.”

This year, the Chamber held the Awards Dinner on June 26, at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, and honored Cape Fear Voices/Teen Scene with the Non-Profit of the Year Award.

Accepting the award, Gerald Decker, Founder and Publisher, said, “This is great recognition for the Board of Directors, our volunteer staff and all the adult and teen writers of Cape Fear Voices/Teen Scene.

Our mission is to promote writing skills among teens and to provide a home for creative artist young and old to publish their work. Sometimes it seems that we work in the dark so it’s wonderful to see that the community appreciates our efforts.

We are blessed with a very capable Board of Directors and an amazing volunteer staff of Jan Morgan-Swegle, Nancy Bryans and Doug Ensley who make it all happen. We also want to thank Mr. Black and Ms. Pender at Leland Middle School and Ms. Absher and Ms. Askue at BC Early College High School for their steady and continued support. They have been the backbone of our program from the very beginning.”

The slate of nominees included:

Business of the Year

  • Mimi and Papa’s Gourmet Popcorn and Homemade Ice Cream
  • Saltwater Signworks (Winner)
  • Signature Wealth Strategies

New Member of the Year

  • Chris Brehmer Photography
  • Lab Construction (Winner)
  • Leland Brewing Company

Non-Profit of the Year

  • Cape Fear Voices/Teen Scene (Winner)
  • Carousel Center
  • Lower Cape Fear Life Care

Woman of the Year

  • Christina Rivenbark – Christina Rivenbark & Associates
  • Keesha Starr – K Starr Coaching (Winner)
  • Kerry Kasotsky – Aire Serv – Musical Chairs Networking

Young Professional of the Year

  • Brittany Reinert – Monarch Roofing (Winner)
  • Paul Hvrol – Coastal Integrative Health
  • Leeza Korotkova – Christina Rivenbark & Associates

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Brandon Hill – Gimmzi Smart Rewards
  • Lucinda Arnold – Coastal Painting and Improvements
  • Victor Fernandes – Fernandes Fit (Winner)

All of the nominees contribute greatly to the growth and development of our area.  Cape Fear Voices/Teen Scene is proud to be counted among them.






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About the Contributors
Jan Morgan-Swegle
Jan Morgan-Swegle is the Editor of Cape Fear Voices.  She has been writing for CFV for almost 3 years.  She is originally from the Cleveland area and moved down to Leland 12 years ago.  She and her husband, Tony, and their dog, Dixie, enjoy sitting on the lanai listening to music and sharing wine (Dixie likes white wine but only gets two finger tips full!!)  They have 3 children and 9 grandchildren living in Cleveland, Ohio,  Charlotte, North Carolina and Lakeland, Florida.
Gerald Decker
Gerald Decker, Founder, President
Gerald Decker is a 4-year Navy veteran with four tours to Vietnam between 1968-1971. Gerald earned a Master’s Degree from George Washington University. He worked for nine years as a U. S. Senate staffer after college and later as a Senior Manager for a small business lobby organization. Gerald also taught Political Science at the high school and college levels. He is a certified trainer in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Gerald founded Athens/Oconee Adult Baseball, Decker Diamonds, the Leland VFW Post 12196, and Teen Scene, Inc. In addition to his work with Teen Scene, Gerald is founder and Past Commander of the Leland VFW Post 12196. The Post was the Mayor's Choice of Citizen of the Year in 2020 and was ranked #5 in the nation for 2022-2023. Since 2020, Gerald has co-written two books. The first was about his good friend and WWII veteran Alex Moskowitz. The second was published by Teen Scene, Inc. in Oct. 2021, entitled "The Great Lockdown of 2020: An Anthology." Gerald is still married to his high school girlfriend (55 years) and has two children and three grandchildren. Following a 15-year hobby of playing catcher in a men’s adult fast-pitch baseball league, his hobbies now include heating pads, grandchildren, and genealogy. Teen Scene and VFW are not hobbies. They are passions.

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    Bev Moss HaedrichJul 1, 2024 at 3:21 pm

    Congratulations! Well earned and deserved!

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      adviserJul 1, 2024 at 4:14 pm

      Thank you Bev.