Thank you for your interest in the Great 100! We have been celebrating R.N. Excellence in the state of North Carolina since 1989. The Board is proud to support the mission of celebrating nursing excellence and invite you to join us in our work to do just that. The Great 100 is recognized across our State in the mission To positively impact the image of Nursing by recognizing Nursing Excellence and providing scholarships for Nursing Education in North Carolina.

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What is the Great 100?

The Great 100, Inc. is a grassroots peer recognition organization honoring the nursing profession in North Carolina by:

  • Recognizing the importance of Registered Nurses in diverse practice settings
  • Positively impacting the image of nursing and nursing as a profession
  • Acknowledging 100 North Carolina Nurses annually who demonstrate excellence in practice and commitment to their profession
  • Contributing funds for scholarships for Registered Nurse education.

In the summer of 1988, a Registered Nurse by the name of Heather Thorne, called together a group of Registered Nurses from across North Carolina to develop a plan for selecting and recognizing Registered Nurses. The recipients would be recognized for their outstanding professional ability and for the contributions they had made to improving the healthcare services in their community. Her dream, modeled after a program developed by Registered Nurses in Louisiana, was designed to promote nursing and to raise funds for nursing scholarships. Since 1989, the Great 100 has been able to award thousands in nursing scholarships. Schools/programs of nursing education are selected via a rotating basis.

**NOTE: The North Carolina Great 100, Inc. recognizes Registered Nurses in North Carolina. There are other organizations that may recognize the "100 Best Nurses" or other "Great Nursing" awards that may are not affiliated with The North Carolina Great 100, Inc. If you have any questions about emails, plaque orders, or other information you have received that you are unsure about, please contact us at

Board  of  2020

 Executive Committee
President   Todd Friday
Past President   Anne Brown
Treasurer   Jason Upham
Secretary   Phyllis Knight-Brown
Wanda Adams
Lisa Boland
Renee Bridges
Rhonda Creech
Carrie Edgison
Angela King
Vicky Ortho
Elizabeth Shoaf
Sheila Smallwood
Stacy Toban
Mary Watkins

Fundraising Committee

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Chair - Vicky Orto
Co-Chair - Valerie Sabol

The Fundraising subcommittee secures funding to support our recruitment and retention efforts. 

Opportunities to assist with:
     Development of solicitations letters
     Maintaining records of donations
     Adapting and expanding the organizations plan for fund raising efforts.

Marketing Committee

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Chair - Renee Bridges
Co-Chair - Carrie Edgison

The Marketing subcommittee is responsible for the coordination of all media relations for the Great 100, Inc. and Gala Event.

Opportunities to assist with:
     Preparing news releases
     Developing brochures, posters and flyers
     Setting up booths of information about The Great 100 at area organizational meetings.

Publications Committee

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Chair - Renee Bridges

The Publications Committee directs activities that relate to advertising and publication of the Gala program.

Opportunities to assist with:
     Tracking records of payment for advertisements in the Gala program
     Designing and proofing the Gala program

Gala Committee

Chair - Rhonda Creech
Co-Chair -

The Gala subcommittee is responsible for the Great 100 Gala.

Opportunities to assist with:
     Registration and seating
     Selecting menus and Gala venue
     Decorating and ordering flowers
     Gala Entertainment

Scholarship Committee

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Chair - Angela King
Co-Chair - OPEN

The scholarship committee is responsible for coordinating the selection of nursing scholarship
recipients across the state of North Carolina.

Selections Committee

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Chair - Sheila Smallwood
Co-Chair - Elizabeth Shoaf
The Selections subcommittee is responsible for the entire selections process of our Great 100 winners.

Opportunities to assist with:
     Maintaining the integrity of the Selections process
     Outreach within North Carolina to support Nominations for the Great 100
     Blinding or scoring of nominations for the Great 100
     Selection of recipients of the Great 100
     Notification of recipients of the Great 100

Alumni Committee

Chair - Stacy Toben
Opportunities to assist with:
     Alumni Great 100 Gala Silent Auction
     Alumni reception
     Developing a mentor program
     Fund raise for Nursing Scholarships
     Alumni Newsletter