When it came to thanking the people who helped make Caring Touch Home Health Care one of the region’s fastest growing and most successful businesses, CEO and President Donna Lowry listed family, staff, bankers, community and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Lowry was at UNCP August 18 to announce a $65,000 gift to the First and Ten Campaign for Football and Athletic Excellence and $10,000 for an endowed nursing scholarship.
Dedicated – From left: Pembroke Mayor and UNCP Trustee Milton Hunt, Chancellor Meadors, Donna and Charles Lowry of Caring Touch and Larry Chavis and Brian Maynor of Lumbee Guaranty Bank.
Caring Touch Home Health Care, which has grown to more than 600 employees in a little more than three years, is the namesake of the reserved parking section next to UNCP’s Grace P. Johnson Football Stadium.
“Many people have stood in the shadows and helped make our business successful,” Lowry said. “UNCP also played an important role in our success.”
When it was a start-up healthcare company, a team of Master of Business Administration (MBA) students consulted on marketing, technology and other critical elements of the business. UNCP’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) helped with a business plan.
“I’d like to thank Dr. Carmen Calabrese for his assistance,” Lowry said of then-MBA director and the current director of the Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship. “His team enabled us to expand from about 100 employees in three counties to more than 600 employees in eight counties.”
Lowry’s husband, Charles, who said he gave up a “wonderful” federal job to help his wife’s new business said, “I’ve got an awesome wife, and it’s a beautiful day at UNCP.”
It is Caring Touch’s second endowed scholarship at UNCP. In 2007, the Lowrys established their first $10,000 endowed scholarship in the MBA program.
Chancellor Allen C. Meadors said there are two important reasons to celebrate the gift.
“This gift is special because it comes from people who live in our community, our family,” Chancellor Meadors said. “Second, we celebrate this gift because it supports our academic mission, and we are first and foremost an academic institution.”
With the new football stadium looming in the distance, the announcement took place in the Dobbs Enterprises Lobby of the English E. Jones Athletic Center. Football Coach Pete Shinnick and Athletic Director Dan Kenney thanked Donna and Charles Lowry for supporting athletics at UNCP.
“As a start-up business, Caring Touch and our football program have a lot in common because it took a leap of faith for both to get here today,” Kenney said. “On behalf of 400 student-athletes in 16 sports, thank you.”
An old neighbor and UNCP administrator Alicia Oxendine lauded the Lowrys.
“I’ve known Donna and Charles nearly all my life,” said Alicia Oxendine, director of Collegiate Development at UNCP. “These are outstanding people, outstanding for their business and their generosity.”
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