Mother-daughter duo receive award

April 16, 2015

Read the original article in Cabarrus News, Charlotte Observer.

Lynne Scott Safrit, president and CEO of Castle and Cooke and leader of the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, and Elizabeth Safrit, 2014 Miss United States, received the 2015 Heart of Grace Award from Pfeiffer University on April 15.

Lynne and Elizabeth Safrtit

(Center) Lynne Safrit, DrPH, and daughter Elizabeth with MURDOCK Study Staff

The Heart of Grace Award celebrates the achievements of Charlotte-area women whose lives and work embody servant leadership in their communities and the world.

Lynne Safrit is a graduate of Catawba College who also holds a master’s degree from UNC Charlotte and a doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She serves on the board of trustees at Catawba College, Bank of the Carolinas, Gertrude Hinson Charitable Trust and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

She is also is president of the board of directors of the Cabarrus County Economic Development Corporation, president of the advisory board for the UNC Charlotte College of Health and Human Services, president of the board of directors for the North Carolina Arboretum and president of the advisory board for the College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University.

A Kannapolis resident, she was named the 2007 Citizen of the Year for the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce, inducted into the Catawba College Business Hall of Fame in 2007 and named a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in 2011.

Elizabeth Safrit, the reigning Miss United States, finished second runner up at the 64th Annual Miss World competition in London in December. She supports the Ronald McDonald House, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C., the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital, Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital and Beauty with a Purpose.

She recently graduated from the University of South Carolina, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. Safrit is a spokeswoman for Rock the Vote, which encourages young people to become politically engaged.


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