community development

Drive to Thrive

It’s been a whirlwind of new engagement and energy the past few months at ReCity Network. Most exciting of all was the Drive to Thrive Banquet, where social impact leaders and idealists from around the community gathered at ReCity for an evening of storytelling and connection.

In total, over 150 people were welcomed into the building. Attendees represented folks from varying sectors (non-profit, businesses, faith-based organizations) and provided a space to reflect on what social impact in Durham is all about. The evening started with happy hour and transitioned into lively table discussions over dinner. The meal was prepared by Zweli’s, who has been in partnership with ReCity since our 2014 launch.

As the evening unfolded, one highlight was the premiere of a short film about the H.E.A.R.T.S program, created by our partners at IronWorx Media. It highlighted the passion Executive Director Tameka Brown, has for the community and her efforts to provide a safe space and resources to teen parents. Following the film, keynote speaker Dr. Dorian Burton of the Kenan Charitable Trust spoke on community building through meaningful relationships that create empathy. Overall, the evening was a celebration, not solely of ReCity, but of the vision of building a more just Durham, together.

See more highlight pictures from Drive to Thrive below!

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