Lenoir Community College LCC CASINO NIGHT- It's a BIG DEAL!
BJ Murphy

You can bet on one thing, Kinston’s Mayor BJ Murphy plans to bring a lot to the table at the first Lenoir Community College Foundation Casino Night to be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Culinary Arts Center.  Whether you like to hold ‘em or fold ‘em, this is sure to be a night to remember. 

Murphy is one of nine celebrity dealers that will be showing his hand to guests all over Lenoir County.  When the chips are down, Murphy is all in to support the LCC Foundation. Murphy has served Kinston since 2009 as mayor. He was selected as the 2011 Young Professional of the Year in Lenoir County. In 2012, he was selected as one of 13 EA Morris Fellowship recipients across the state of North Carolina. He also serves on the Lenoir County Transportation Committee. He said his best educational decision of his life came when he decided to attend LCC for his freshman year. In 2002, he graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He is a Group Benefits Specialist with LegalShield. He and his wife Jessica Barwick, who also attended LCC, have two children, Gracyn, 4 and Kathryn, 1.

Tickets are $50 per person, which includes admission to the event, beverages and hors d’oeuvres, gaming floor and silent auction registration number. LCC anticipates a full house, so purchase your tickets early.  All proceeds benefit the LCC Foundation Scholarship Program.

Prizes for the evening include an Apple iPad ($350 value), Golf Package ($500 value), two $500 cash prizes, VIP Bluegrass Package featuring Gene Watson and Rhonda Vincent ($250 value), and a set of Michelin Tires ($600 value). Other prizes include a Tennis Package, dinner with a DJ from the WRNS Morning Team, a makeover package, a weekend at the beach, horse riding lessons, teeth whitening session, a photo session and 11 X 14 portrait, half day charter fishing trip, free rent for your event at the Culinary Arts Center at LCC, a month personal self-defense class at Stroud’s School of Martial Arts including uniform, a Valentine Package featuring dinner at The Chef and the Farmer and dessert at The Peppered Cupcake and flowers, two sets of pearls and dinner at Lou Lou’s Oyster Bar and more.

Sponsors for this exciting event include Cutter Creek Golf Club, Kinston Country Club, Greene Ridge Racquet Club, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar (Skip) Green, Halcyon Stables, WRNS 95.1, Down East Guide Service, Vick’s Cleaners, The Hair Gallery, The Face Place, Eubanks Tanning, Pizza Hut, The Galaxy of Sports, Potter Photography, Lou Lou’s Oyster Bar, Kinston Dental Associates, Davis Wholesale Tires, The Chef & the Farmer, The Peppered Cupcake, Lynn’s Hallmark, and Stroud’s School of Martial Arts.

Tickets are limited. For more information, contact LCC Director of Institutional Advancement Jeanne Kennedy at (252) 233-6812.

Bobby Merritt Tony Sears

Celebrity dealers Bobby Merritt and Tony Sears will be bringing their expertise to the first Lenoir Community College Foundation Casino Night to be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Culinary Arts Center.

Merritt and Sears are two of nine celebrities who will be delighting the crowd with their talents. An evening of fun and laughter is planned as celebrities take to the gaming tables.

By day, Merritt of Kinston is the director of Customized Industry Training for LCC in Lenoir, Greene, and Jones Counties. He is also a Kinston City Councilman and currently serves on the Lenoir County Economic Board, Arts Council Board, Chamber of Commerce Board, Pride of Kinston Incubator Board, and a charter board member for the NC-Aerospace Alliance. He is a member of the Lenoir County Manufacturers Association, the Kinston Evening Rotary Club, and the Lenoir Committee of 100. He and his wife, Alison, have three children, Ramsey, Jeremy and Blaire.  He has been playing the guitar for more than 40 years and nearly 30 years with the Famous Ray and Bobby Band. He says he intends to play for 30 more years and loves traveling with his wife in their motorhome, playing golf and especially spending time with his family.

Sears is the Kinston City Manager. Born and raised in Apex, he came to Kinston from Randleman where he was the city manager. He has vast management experience in city government. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association, North Carolina City/County Management Association, Appalachian State University Alumni Association, and Local Government Federal Credit Union Advisory Council. He and his wife Kelly have two sons, Trevor, 10 and Tyler, 8.  He said being active in his sons’ lives and serving as a coach for many of their sports teams has allowed him to create moments that none of them will ever forget.

Ed Mills John Marston

Celebrity dealers John Marston and Ed Mills will be joining seven more celebrity dealers at the first Lenoir Community College Foundation Casino Night to be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Culinary Arts Center.

A financial representative for 35 years with Northwestern Mutual Life and a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table, Marston currently serves on the LCC Board of Directors as the finance committee chair and is a past chairman of the board. He and his wife, Lucy, established the John Franklin & Lucy Wood Marston Scholarship. He is past president of the Kinston Noon Rotary Club and he is a Paul Harris Fellow recipient. His community service is lengthy serving on the Board of Directors and the Executive Board of the Lenoir County Committee of 100, Inc., chairman of the Property Development and Executive Board of the Pride of Kinston, Lenoir County Affiliate Board Member of the North Carolina Community Foundation, and regular and past board member of the Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce. He was the first recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Volunteer Service Award in 1983. He has served on numerous boards and has received multiple awards and recognitions for his service. He was chosen Kinston’s Citizen of the Year in 2007 and was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Gov. James E. Holshouser, Jr., the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service by Gov. James B. Hunt, Jr., the Distinguished Citizens Award and the Silver Beaver Award from the Boys Scouts of America and Northwestern Mutual Life Community Service Award, one of 10 recipients nationwide.

Mills retired from LCC as the dean of Student Services after 33 years of service. He worked many of those years in the Continuing Education Division. He is a member of the Greater Mount Zion Church. He and his wife, Carolyn, have three children, Kathy, Michelle, and CJ.

Debbie Chused Bobby Taylor

Celebrity dealers Debbie Chused and Bobby Taylor will be joining other celebrity dealers at the first Lenoir Community College Foundation Casino Night to be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Culinary Arts Center.

In January 2002, Chused started Coastal Connections Marketing, Inc., a promotional products company. She is very active in community affairs. In 1992, the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce presented her with the Athena Award, an award recognizing outstanding women in business and society.  In 2000, she was chosen as Kinston-Lenoir County’s Citizen of the Year.  She currently serves on the board of directors for the Committee of 100, Caswell Foundation, BB&T, and Westminster United Methodist Church. She was past Campaign Co-Chair and President of the Lenoir County United Way, Co-Chair of Relay For Life for three years, Vice Chair for the Lenoir County Airport Commission, President of the Boys and Girls Club and Board Member for 13 years, and a board member of the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce for six years. Married to Paul Chused for 25 years in April, they have three children and six grandchildren. She is the daughter of Pat and Rocky Rockenhauser and her hobbies include playing with grandchildren, traveling, kayaking, swimming, golfing, taking pictures and being with friends and family.

Taylor is owner and operator of Greene Ridge Racquet Club of Snow Hill. He is a commissioner with the Town of Snow Hill and is chair of the North Carolina Tennis Committee. In addition to being an active member of the annual LCC Foundation Tennis and Golf Classic, Taylor continues to support LCC students throughout the year at a variety of fundraisers.  He and his wife, Carol, have two children, Samantha who is a junior at Appalachian State University, and Robby, a junior at Greene Central High School.  

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