In honor of its 50th anniversary, the Court of Appeals held a celebratory dinner on October 11 at the Angus Barn Pavilion in Raleigh. Philip Miller, president of the Supreme Court Historical Society, was the master of ceremonies, and Chief Judge Linda McGee led the program by honoring all of the judges who have served on the Court since its creation in 1967.
The event featured remarks given by special guest, Chief Justice Mark Martin of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, and keynote remarks given by three former chief judges of the North Carolina Court of Appeals: Chief Judge Gerald Arnold, Chief Judge Sid Eagles, and Chief Judge John Martin. The historic event also included the special recognition of women on the Court introduced by Chief Judge McGee, and special recognition of African-Americans on the Court introduced by Judge Wanda Bryant. In addition, the Pledge of Allegiance was offered by Charles F. Blanchard, and the invocation given by Judge Robert N. Hunter. Judge Ann Marie Calabria led the audience in the North Carolina Toast, and Judge Valerie Zachary introduced the “50th Anniversary Year in Review” video.
Over 300 people attended the event which included dignitaries from all levels of the North Carolina Judicial Branch.