Daughtry gives back to community
DUNN - Parrish Daughtry, Harnett County born and raised, believes in contributing to the betterment of her county.
That includes enthusiastic, committed service as a member of the Central Carolina Community College Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization affiliated with, but independent of, the college. It receives donations of money and equipment on behalf of CCCC and uses them to promote the educational mission of the college and assist students through scholarships and grants.
"I'm absolutely passionate about education," Daughtry said. "The Foundation is a 'gap filler' that quietly raises funds to ensure the college can continue to provide quality education. For me, it's all about public education and CCCC is a part of that."
Daughtry is a partner in the Hayes, Williams, Turner, and Daughtry law firm in Dunn. Gerald Hayes, her father, was an early partner in the firm and served on the local school board. Her mother, Linda Hayes, worked within the juvenile justice system. Daughtry said that together they instilled in her a great commitment to preserve and support public education.
She used that commitment to make a big difference for the CCCC Foundation this spring when she helped to coordinate and fundraise for the Foundation's first Harnett County Golf Classic, held March 20 at Chicora Golf Course.
The tournament raised more than $10,000 to help fund CCCC scholarships for Harnett County students. This success was due, in large part, to Daughtry's hard work in securing sponsors and teams, helping to organize the event and securing the venue.
"Parrish was an amazing and productive partner in preparing for and implementing the Classic," said CCCC Foundation Golf Coordinator Jonathan Hockaday. "I enjoyed working with her."
Daughtry sees great value in the college's vocational programs, such as masonry and electrical. Her husband, Larry Daughtry, a Triton High School and North Carolina State University graduate, is a local builder and realtor. Seeing his work has reinforced her admiration for those who possess hands-on skills.
"I love to watch a house being built by people," she said. "A machine just can't do it all."
In addition to her service for CCCC, Daughtry also volunteers with the Harnett County Business Education Partnership. The HCBEP partners with the college so all eighth graders in Harnett County are able to tour CCCC. Daughtry is a huge advocate of these tours.
"Taking all the eighth graders on a tour of the college is one of the most important things the college can do, because activities like this get the word out to students and parents," she said. "The Partnership is a real passion because it touches so many parents and students. The group works hand-in-hand with the vocational programs in the high schools and at CCCC."
Daughtry is a Triton High School graduate, UNC-Chapel Hill Morehead Scholar, and 2000 Campbell Law School graduate. She appreciates the support she received while growing up, from her Dunn school teachers to her church family. Now, it's time to give back.
"The community raised me," she said. "I was very fortunate and blessed and that drives me to help people. I do it gladly and with a smile."
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