Rotary Club of Western Forsyth honors Cameron Kent

Published 12:05 am Thursday, October 6, 2022

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Former WXII anchor Cameron Kent was recently recognized by the Rotary Club of Western Forsyth with the Truliant Volunteer of the Year Award.

On Sept. 21, master of ceremonies Lanie Pope with comedians Jimmie Walker, Alonzo Bodden, Ronnie Bullard and Dan Levin along with actress Dianne Paukstelis and WXII co-workers Ty Collins and Wanda Starke roasted former WXII anchor and current novelist Cameron Kent to benefit the Samaritan Ministries and other worthwhile non profits in the area.

The speakers shared funny stories about Kent and each other. Bodden, winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, had Kent laughing so hard that he could hardly talk. The evening also included a video of Kent enjoying all his bucket list activities in retirement and ended with a video voiced by his former co-anchor, Wanda Starke, interviewing Kent’s former co-workers Randy Hight, Jerry McBride and Lisa Fulk and sharing stories about Kent’s dedication and commitment to excellence. The evening culminated with Atticus Simpson from Truliant Federal Credit Union presenting Kent with the Truliant Federal Credit Union Volunteer of the Year Award.
Kent has helped more than 100 nonprofits in the community. This award recognized Kent’s volunteer activities

The event was held at Benton Convention Center and was attended by 400 people.

“We wanted to do a high-profile event to promote volunteerism and honor a wonderful volunteer in the community,” said Gene Blackwelder, Rotary Club president. “This event generated money, TV and social media visibility for Cameron Kent’s lifelong commitment to giving back to the community and showcased the Rotary motto of service above self.”