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6th Annual Lincoln Community Health Center Foundation Luncheon Raises $50,000


Durham, NC  – The Lincoln Community Health Center Foundation held its 6th Annual Legacy Luncheon on Friday, May 11, at the Washington Duke Inn, Durham, NC. The event raised over $50,000 for patient services at Lincoln Community Health Center, and more than 240 persons attended.

The honoree was Dr. John H. Lucas, Sr., former principal of Durham’s Hillside High School and leader in public education. Speakers included the Honorable Steve Schewel, Mayor of Durham, and Wendy Jacobs, Chair of the Durham County Board of Commissioners. The Foundation celebrated its 10-year anniversary and recognized the founder, the late Joyce C. Nichols, who was represented by family members in attendance.

Lincoln Community Health Center has served Durham since 1971, providing primary and preventive health care to an underserved, low-income population. Lincoln serves 33,000 children and adults annually, at 9 sites across Durham. 72% of Lincoln’s patients have incomes at or below 100% of the federal poverty level, and approximately 53% of adult patients are uninsured. 87% of Lincoln’s patients are members of racial or ethnic minorities. Lincoln traces its history to the original Lincoln Hospital established in 1901.


The Lincoln Community Health Center Foundation, Inc. was incorporated in 2008 as a separate, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The Foundation, whose mission is “to enhance the quality of health and improve access to healthcare in Durham and surrounding areas” serves as the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Community Health Center. Since 2008 the Foundation has contributed over $100,000 back to Lincoln Community Health Center. For more information contact: Lawrence Trachtman, Development Director, at 919-956-3863.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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