Pledge Benefits Heat Institute
By Doug Boyd
Two areas of ECU’s new heart institute will be named for a prominent Rocky Mount family thanks to a $500,000 pledge.
Boddie-Noell Enterprises of Rocky Mount has pledged the sum to the East Carolina Heart Institute through the ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation. As a result, ECU will name the pediatric cardiology and cardiac diagnostics areas of its facility for the company.
“We are happy that we are in a position to contribute to a worthy cause that will mean so much to the people of eastern North Carolina,” said Mayo Boddie, chairman of Boddie-Noell.
ECU officials welcomed the pledge. “We are very grateful for this important gift from the Boddie family,” said David Whichard, chairman of the foundation. “Their gift will help us improve services to both children and adults with heart problems in our community.”
Boddie-Noell Enterprises is a diversified family-owned business engaged primarily in restaurants and land development. It employs more than 12,750 people and is headquartered in Rocky Mount.
The ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation raised more than $5 million in gifts and pledges during fiscal year 2006-2007 to support ECU scholarships, research, faculty development and facilities.