Eleventh Annual Award Dinner

March 12, 2008

Westin Charlotte, 601 South College Street, 6:00 PM

Stuart Dickson Alan Dickson


Alan T. Dickson, a business and community leader in Charlotte for nearly 50 years, is a graduate of NC State University and Harvard School of Business.  Former president and board chair of Ruddick Corporation, he continues to guide the Corporation as an active board member. During his 42-year tenure as a trustee of The John Motley Morehead Foundation, 21 of which he served as Chairman, Dickson was fundamental in shaping this extraordinary program. Alan has donated his leadership to many businesses and organizations, including Foundation For The Carolinas, Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, The Mint Museum, U.S. National Whitewater Center, North Carolina Textile Foundation, NC State University, Bank of America, and others. He is also President of The Dickson Foundation.

  1. Stuart Dickson has held numerous leadership positions and been a dedicated community advocate in Charlotte for over five decades. Educated at Davidson College, he is former chairman of Ruddick Corporation, and a founder of Charlotte Regional Partnership. For more than 30 years, he has provided leadership to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority and Carolinas HealthCare System as a commissioner and Chairman of the Board. In 2001, he became chairman of the Carolinas Healthcare Foundation. Along with many other contributions to the community, Dickson has served as director of Foundation For The Carolinas, director and vice chairman of The Foundation of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Inc., and on the board of directors of First Union Corporation. He is also Chairman of The Dickson Foundation.



John Prendergast is Co-Chair of the ENOUGH Project. During the Clinton administration, John was Director of African Affairs at the National Security Council. He also has worked for the State Department, members of Congress, the UN, human rights organizations, and think tanks such as the International Crisis Group. He has authored eight books on Africa, and frequently contributes op-ed columns to major newspapers and journals.  John regularly travels to Africa’s war zones on fact-finding missions, peace-making initiatives, and awareness-raising trips. He is a visiting professor at the University of San Diego and the American University in Cairo.

TICKET INFORMATION                                                                                                   Black Tie Optional

Patrons’ Table Sponsorship                                                 $3,500

  • Table for 10 at the Award Dinner
  • Invitation for 10 to the Patrons’ Reception
  • Naming in all Printed Materials



Table Sponsorship                                                                   $2,500

  • Table for 10 at the Award Dinner
  • Invitation for 2 to the Patrons’ Reception
  • Naming in all Printed Materials
Individual Tickets                                                                     $275


For additional information and further opportunities, contact The Echo Foundation at 704-347-3844.