Coley Hooker and The Johnnie May Booker Bowl-a-Thon
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser - Greensboro
Nominated by Cone Health Cancer Center

Following the death of his wife in 2008 from cancer, Coley Hooker transformed a group of friends within a bowling league into the Johnnie Mae Hooker Bowl-a-Thon, a fundraising organization with a passion for helping individuals and families fighting cancer. This volunteer fundraising group has not only raised $100,000 over the past eleven years for the Cone Cancer Center, but also has been a vital support team for surviving family members. 

Mr. Hooker and the Johnnie Mae Hooker Bowl-a-Thon team have served as role models for philanthropy and service, demonstrating the power of shared vision and teamwork. Mr. Hooker is always quick to recognize his “team” which has consistently included: Clarice Crite, Loretta Bigelow, Annie Pennix, Barbara Patrick, Ray Free, Ruth Brown, Sandra Richardson, and Ruth Crite.

 

Mr. Hooker, a former Guilford County Schools principal, now 90 years old, has been a role model for decades, serving as a leader in his community and in his United Methodist church. His sincerity and caring attracted such a committed group of volunteers for sustained fundraising for over a decade.  

"Philanthropy is sharing God’s bountiful blessings that you have received that someone else may experience a more abundant life and witness to God’s goodness and love. It is hard to ask God to help the needy when He has placed the resources and opportunities in your hands."

- Coley Hooker        

Pictured: Michelle Schneider from Cone Health Office of Institutional Advancement presents Coley Hooker with his award (center) and supporters of the Johnnie Mae Hooker Bowl-a-Thon (bottom).