Caroline Eddy, a Southern Pines native with a strong record of accomplishment in local nonprofit fundraising, has been named Director of Development for the St. Joseph of the Pines Foundation.
“I feel incredibly lucky to have worked for several of the many nonprofits in our community that make the Sandhills such a special place to live," Eddy said. "For years, St. Joseph of the Pines has been a friend to people in need and to many of the nonprofits in our area.
"I am honored to be a part of the team that will continue and grow that tradition."
Eddy plans to step down from her role as executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Sandhills on July 27 and assume her new duties at St. Joseph of the Pines on Aug. 27.
"This is an opportunity for me to give back to an organization that has meant so much to our community and to my family personally," she said. "I am grateful to SJP President Lori Portfleet for allowing me time to ensure that the transition is a smooth one for both organizations."
Eddy is a past member of the St. Joseph of the Pines Board of Directors and her father, former Southern Pines Mayor Norris L. Hodgkins, Jr., was a resident at Pine Knoll for six years until his death in October 2016.
"Dad loved living at Pine Knoll," she said. "He was on the fifth floor of the Overlook building and had the most wonderful view. He played Wii bowling, chair volleyball, was active in the Book Club, and took advantage of all the trips. Everyone there was so good to him."
Portfleet said Eddy brings “a thorough knowledge of the community and an incredible record of local fundraising success" to the new position.
“Caroline clearly stood out among a crowded field of applicants,” Portfleet said. “We are absolutely thrilled that she has agreed to take the next step in her outstanding career with us. The Foundation could not be in better hands"
Eddy, a 1975 graduate of Pinecrest High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Administration in 1979 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Her first job was associate director of the Community Council for the Arts in Kinston before returning to Moore County in 1980 to become executive director of the Arts Council of Moore County for four years.
After a professional hiatus to raise her children, Eddy returned to the workforce in 2003 as development director at the Boys & Girls Club. In 2005, she became executive director of the Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care, leaving that position in 2011 for her current role at the Boys & Girls Club.
Under Eddy's leadership, the Boys & Girls Club budget has almost tripled in the past seven years and she played an integral role in the club's $1.5 million fundraising effort to build the Baxter Teen Center.
Eddy, who has also extensive volunteer experience, was named Woman of the Year by the Moore County Community Foundation in 2009, the same year she received the H. Edward Poysner Ethics and Values Award from the Pinehurst Rotary Club.
"We are fortunate to have in Caroline a leader who embodies our mission and core values," Portfleet said. "I have no doubt that she will successfully grow our Foundation and enrich her legacy of care for, and commitment to, the less fortunate in our community."
St. Joseph of the Pines is an aging services network offering a full continuum of retirement housing, health care and community-based services for older adults as well as community outreach to those in need. It is a Trinity Health Senior Community continuing the legacy of the Sisters of Providence.