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Sonja Gantt receives the 2019 Lucille P. Giles Award at Annual Transforming Lives Luncheon

Florence Crittenton Services honored Sonja Gantt with the Lucille P. Giles Award at the annual Transforming Lives Luncheon on May 7, 2019.

Sonja Gantt is the executive director of the CMS Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising partner of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Not only did Sonja grow up in Charlotte — she also served the majority of her 30-year media career as a reporter/anchor covering Mecklenburg County. Sonja’s community service over the years supports her role with the CMS Foundation, which works closely with local corporations, private foundations and community groups.

As the leader of the CMS Foundation, Sonja manages the organization’s staff and fundraising strategy and oversees its programmatic focus areas. She also serves as a member of the school district’s executive leadership team, a role that gives her deep insight into both the challenges and opportunities within Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. This insight helps inform how the CMS Foundation supports the school district and where it focuses philanthropic investments.

Sonja served on the Florence Crittenton Services (FCS) Board of Diectors for two terms, 1997-2000 and 2001-2004. As a board member Sonja brought her knowledge, dedication and enthusiasm for serving others. Florence Crittenton Services gives the Lucille P. Giles award to an individual with outstanding commitment to human and social concerns, who has demonstrated a true passion for the work done at FCS. Sonja Gantt is a true community advocate and we are proud to recognize her as this year’s recipient.