May 21, 2019—Long-time community supporter J. Frank Bragg, Jr., was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the governor of North Carolina. The award was presented on behalf of Governor Roy Cooper by First Lady Kristin Cooper at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund board in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is presented to those citizens of North Carolina who have demonstrated exemplary service and devoted their lives to serving others in their community and the state. Other notable recipients include Reverend Billy Graham, Maya Angelou, Bonnie Cone, Charles Kuralt, William Friday, Michael Jordan and Andy Griffith.
Frank Bragg was nominated for his ongoing work to protect and preserve land in North Carolina. He has served as chairman of the Catawba Lands Conservancy, as vice-chair of the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund, and has served on the board of the Conservation Trust of North Carolina and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission.
In addition to his work in land conservation, Bragg has served as the chairman of Community Food Rescue and served on the boards of the Dowd YMCA, Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, Charlotte Cultural Trust, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte Symphony, and the Wake Forest Board of Advisors. He is an Eagle Scout and received the Distinguished Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts of America for his ongoing service to scouting in the community.
Frank Bragg also co-founded Right Moves for Youth, a non-profit that serves at-risk children in our community. Since its founding in 1993, Right Moves has provided resources and guidance to help over 30,000 students work towards graduating from high school with a plan for future success.