::Emily Procter Given Award In Raleigh
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff & Wire Reports
Weekend Of May 6, 2007
RALEIGH - The saying that "you're never a hero in your hometown" is definitely not true for at least one Raleigh native.
On Monday, April 23rd, actress Emily Procter of the class of 1986 was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award at an assembly at the Ravenscroft private school in Raleigh.
Since 2002, Emily has co-starred on "CSI: Miami" in the role of Detective Calleigh Duquesne. She also played attorney Ainsley Hayes for two seasons on the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning show "The West Wing."
Following remarks by Head of School Doreen Kelly and Alumni Council President Bryan Pennington, faculty member Ed Yohman shared remembrances of Emily as a Middle School math student and Varsity Soccer player. He also discussed her accomplishments as an actress and her involvement in various charities.
Emily then talked about her fond memories of Ravenscroft, and discussed how important it was in her own life that the teachers at the school knew her so well, recognized her individual potential, and knew how to challenge her. She encouraged the older students in attendance to develop their relationships and take advantage of their opportunities at Ravenscroft.
Following the presentation, Emily had the chance to catch up with old friends, classmates and teachers. She also signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans. Procter is well-known for being easily accessible to fans and unlike some actors, she seems to eagerly embrace any chance to meet those who enjoy her work.
Procter won over the crowd at the recent Mannequin Ball at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh, where she was the guest of honor.
"Having had the honor to meet Emily in person outside the Mannequin Ball, I can honestly say what makes Emily so popular in my opinion is how in spite of her star status that she is still so down to earth,
friendly and appreciative of her fans; and of course, how she always loves the chance to come back home to Raleigh," says Mike Rumble, a fan in Raleigh. "The style, grace, and sophistication that she carries herself with...[represents] our city of Raleigh."
Emily's father, William I. Procter, who graduated in 1945, received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1994, making the Procters the first parent-child duo to receive this prestigious honor.
Established in 1989, the Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest award presented by the Ravenscroft School Alumni Association. This award is given annually to recognize distinguished service and loyalty to Ravenscroft School and/or outstanding professional, civic, and personal accomplishments. ::