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Phil Kirk to be Honored by National Kidney Foundation of N.C.

October 18, 2007

Category: Business & Economics, Staff, Teacher Education

by Cindy Stranad,


The National Kidney Foundation of North Carolina presents "Speak Up while Phil Kirk Takes the Hot Seat," a gentle roast of Phil Kirk, vice president of external relations for Catawba College, chairman emeritus of the State Board of Education and former state senator. During the event, Kirk will be roasted by Sen. James T. Broyhill, Gov. James B. Hunt, Jr., Gov. James E. Holshouser, Jr. and is four daughters, Angela Prenoveau, Wendi Hamilton, Ashlee Kirk and Allison Kirk. Governor James G. Martin will speak in a video presentation.


The event will be emceed by Betty Ray McCain and will feature Dr. Steve Zaytoun as auctioneer.


By honoring Kirk for his contributions to education and business in North Carolina, the National Kidney Foundation will raise awareness about chronic kidney disease (CKD) and its two primary causes- hypertension and diabetes. As public education is a critical tool for prevention and early detection, the NKF is partnering with business leaders to draw attention to the ever-increasing problem.
Thursday, October 18, 2007 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  
Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Parkway, Cary, N.C. 27513  


Phil Kirk, vice president of external relations for Catawba College, event honoree;
Melia Lyerly, chair of the board of directors for the National Kidney Foundation of North Carolina

About Phil Kirk
Phil Kirk is vice president for external relations at Catawba College in Salisbury and owner of a speaking and consulting firm. In 1970, Phil was elected as the youngest state senator in North Carolina. In 1989, Phil became president of North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry and was consistently ranked among the top 25 most effective N.C. lobbyists. As politician, government official, president of the state chamber, NCCBI, and chairman of the State Board of Education, Phil has delivered more than 6,000 talks. For more information or to book a speaking engagement, visit

About National Kidney Foundation of North Carolina
Founded in 1950, The NKF of North Carolina (NKFNC) is the state's leading voluntary health agency dedicated to the detection, prevention and treatment of diseases of the kidney and urinary tract. The NKFNC develops and delivers programs to communities, patients, individuals and families. Leading these efforts in North Carolina, the National Kidney Foundation of NC has more than 3500 volunteers and supporters who bring help and hope to over 11,000 North Carolinians who are on dialysis and the many thousands who are at risk for kidney or urologic disease. For more information visit




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