A special event will be held Aug. 18, to honor the life of Jane Hipps and raise funds for the N.C. Justice Center.
Hipps will posthumously receive a “Champion of Justice” Award as a former NC Justice Center board member and community advocate.
She will be honored for her lifetime of service to her community and to the state.
“Champion of Justice” awards are bestowed on individuals who have made a difference in the lives of North Carolinians. These few exemplify our mission — they are working to eliminate poverty in North Carolina and to create a level playing field.
Hipps was a native North Carolinian who lived in Waynesville for more than 50 years and dedicated her career to public education in many roles.
She also started her own business becoming a national science and math consultant working with schools in over 35 states.
Upon her retirement from public education, she became a certified pediatric nurse practitioner.
Hipps was tenacious and hardworking, deeply committed to giving back to her family, her community, her church and her interest groups. She was an active member of the Haywood County Democratic Party and ran for a N.C. Senate seat on two occasions — no surprise given her drive to give back and fight for the rights of all North Carolinians.
The N.C. Justice Center works to eliminate poverty in the state by insuring that every household has access to the resources, services and fair treatment it needs to achieve economic security.
The nonprofit uses a multi-issue, multi-strategy approach that seeks to increase an understanding of the ways in which poverty affects families, communities and the state so there is stronger public and political will to advance progressive and inclusive policies proven to advance equity and opportunity, thus ensuring that the economy works for everyone.
Those who would like to help honor the inspirational of Jane Hipps are invited to the Sunday event from 4 to 6 p.m. at the home of Julia Buckner, 90 Walnut St. in Waynesville.
Buckner promises the event will be a wonderful occasion with like-minded folks who respected and loved Jane Hipps.
Those who attend are asked to consider sponsoring the N.C. Justice Center at one of the following giving levels:
$150 friend; $250 supporter; $500 patron; $750 benefactor; or $1,000 leader.
Donation may be make online, or checks can be mailed to the following address: NC Justice Center, c/o Kim-Marie McLellan 224 S. Dawson Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.