Thursday, December 1, 2022

Harrelson Center names tower “Vicki Dull Annex”

Dull Family from left to right - Catie, Vicki, Madison, Ken (Courtesy Harrelson Center).
Dull Family from left to right – Catie, Vicki, Madison, Ken (Courtesy Harrelson Center).

WILMINGTON — On Thursday, June 29, The Harrelson Center held a naming ceremony and celebration to name the to-be-renovated old jail cell tower, the “Vicki Dull Annex.”

Ken Dull, of McKinley Building Corporation, and family, recently made a significant financial gift to the Unlock Hope Capital Campaign in honor of his wife, Vicki Dull. Their daughters Madison and Catie Dull, Mike Queen and Bobby Harrelson spoke at the ceremony and recognized Vicki’s achievements and the lives she has changed through her work at the center.

A copper, silver and nickel necklace in the shape of the Harrelson Center dove logo, handmade by local artist Dumay Gorham Designs, was presented to her as a gift. A temporary “Vicki Dull Annex” banner currently hangs in courtyard. Click here for ceremony pictures.

Vicki Dull and Mike Queen (Courtesy the Harrelson Center).
Vicki Dull and Mike Queen (Courtesy the Harrelson Center).

The approximately 27,000-square foot tower will serve as community meeting space and offices for nonprofit organizations working in our region to provide opportunity for all. The Unlock Hope Capital Campaign has raised $2.2 million of the $5 million goal. Phase II renovations will move forward when the next half million milestone is reached.

Vicki Dull served as the Harrelson Center’s Executive Director from January 2011 until her retirement in December 2016. Vicki Dull created fundraising and stewardship strategies that allowed the center to grow from 5 donors to over 500 donors during her time as executive director. Vicki continues to be a major advocate and supporter of the Harrelson Center and currently serves on the

Vicki Dull and Bobby Harrelson (Courtesy the Harrelson Center).
Vicki Dull and Bobby Harrelson (Courtesy the Harrelson Center).

Harrelson Center Unlock Hope Advisory Committee. Ken Dull, owner of McKinley Building Corp, has also made an impact on the Center as creator of annual fundraising event, A Day in the Country, which is already in the planning stages for the fifth annual event on April 19, 2018. Mr. Dull has contributed his building expertise and talent in the completion of Phase I and continues to provide for the Center as we complete transformation to its new life.

About the Harrelson Center for Non-Profits

The Jo Ann Carter Harrelson Center is a nonprofit campus centrally located in downtown Wilmington that provides non-profit organizations with office and meeting space, and services to promote financial stability while they focus on humanitarian mission work. Services to support Partners include below-market rental rates, paid utilities, parking and security, networking and educational opportunities, marketing and promotions, and volunteer recruitment.

Currently, The Harrelson Center has 12 on-campus partners and three off-campus associate partners and has capital campaign to renovate 27,000 square feet of additional space on campus to support the unique needs of the non-profit community and those we serve. The center raises program funding through donations, grants, and rentals.

The Harrelson Center also runs The Help Hub direct services program on campus Tuesday -Thursday. Program assists with emergency needs, such as shelter, transportation, utility and medical bills. The Help Hub receives program funding from local churches, organizations, and donors and connects clients with Harrelson Center partners and additional community resources. For a full list of partners and more details about the Harrelson Center, visit our website at www.HarrelsonCenter.org.

Submitted by Ashton Gourlay

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