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Sigma Gama Rho Sorority, Inc

Outstanding Citizen Award for Community Service

2013 Woman of the Year Award

2017 WCHL Hometown Hero

2019 Pauli Murray Award

2019 Chapel Hill Magazine-

Woman of Achievement Award


Hannah Ruth Foundation 

2011 Lamplighter Award for Senior Citizen Outreach Award

A Note from the Executive Director



Welcome to Hannah Ruth! It is with great pleasure that I serve as the Executive Director of this organization. Hannah Ruth was initially conceptualized in 2010 as an organization committed to helping those involved in Hurrican Katrina. Reflecting on the influence of my maternal grandmother, Hannah Burnette, and paternal grandmother, Ruth, I realized that they had instilled a great work ethic, sense of civic responsibility and willingness to serve others with integrity and compassion: this became the goal of the Hannah Ruth foundation as it stands today. 

Hannah Ruth is home to many events designed to engage the elders in our community. We collaborate with Manley Estates, the Seymour Center, Carolina Springs, and a host of other senior care homes to sponsor signature events for our seniors including an annual Pamper Me day, holiday meal delivery, and a formal event for seniors. 

I have always had a passion for serving others. I completed my degree in commercial and public television at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where I would enjoy a career in public television for 15 years. After stepping out on faith and returning to Carrboro, NC I started working with youth at First Baptist Church of Chapel Hilland started the Youth Christian Fellowship. I gained experience working with Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation organizing festivals and then as a publicist with the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture at UNC-Chapel Hill. I found my “true” calling when I was hired to work as the High School Specialist with the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Program in Chapel Hill- Carrboro City Schools for 18 years.  I am currently employed with the Town of Garner as the Cultural Arts and Events Manager and is the advisor for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP Youth Council. 

In November of 2013, after 5 years operating as a community-based organization, we gained our 501(c)3 status and are now officially recognized as a non-profit organization. This would not be possible without the support and encouragement of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community. Thank you for taking the time to visit our website! Please join our mailing list to stay up to date on upcoming events with Hannah Ruth. 

In service and gratitude,


Lorie Clark



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